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On 15 April 2020, the UK’s supervisory body for data protection, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued a statement and document setting out how it shall be adjusting its regulatory approach during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with a focus on safeguarding information rights in an ‘empathetic and pragmatic way’ as a result of:
staff and capacity shortages organisations are facing, with furloughed employees
acute financial pressures that many organisations are presently under, and
public bodies, redeploying resources to meet severe front-line pressures
The document includes details of the ICO’s stance towards taking formal regulatory action, including issuing fines, namely, that it will take into account whether an organisation’s difficulties result from the coronavirus crisis, and if the organisation has plans to rectify any breaches at the end of the crisis. The statement and document puts into context how data protection regulations, such as Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)) and the Data Protection Act 2018, will be managed during the coronavirus pandemic. See: Information Commissioner’s Office shares regulatory approach during coronavirus (COVID-19), LNB News 15/04/2020 74 and for information on data protection considerations in respect of dispute resolution proceedings more generally, see P
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