Spotlight! - August 2020

Aug 04, 2020


Welcome to the August 2020 edition of Spotlight!

It has been an interesting month!

  • Goodbye EU-US Privacy Shield
  • What is a Legitimate Interest?
  • Apprenticeship Incentives
  • In the spotlight! - Your questions
  • Other News

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As the sun sets on an era where personal data could freely transfer between the EU and USA under Privacy Shield (and it's predecessor Safe Harbor), what does the Court of Justice of the European Union's ruling on the 16th July that Privacy Shield is no longer sufficient to protect personal data mean for your business?

Find out more and download our International Transfer checklist here.

What is a "Legitimate Interest"?

There seems to still be some confusion around what classifies as a Legitimate Interest, and where consent would be more appropriate.

A case in point is a website one of our team recently visited. As is the norm these days, a cookie consent popped up, but we were surprised to see unnecessary Advertising cookies being stored based on the "Legitimate Interest" of an AdTech agency that the website shares it's user data with!

Learn more about what is and is not a Legitimate Interest here

Apprenticeship Incentives

Our trusted and respected colleagues and HR experts over at Absolute Works have shared their excitement at the news about further business support in the way of Apprenticeships, to help get the economy and the workforce back on track post covid-19.

Find out more about this and then talk to Tom about how you could benefit from a new Apprentice by clicking here

In The Spotlight!

In this section, we look at questions put to us on forums, by our clients and via social Media.


This is a question that we are seeing asked lots over social Media:

"With everyone working from home there has been an increase in the number of online video conference meetings. Can we record these 'for training and quality purposes' and if so, do we need to obtain consent from the participants, or can we rely upon a legitimate interest?"

Read the response here


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Send us your Spotlight Question here.

Other News:

If you missed it, our colleagues over at PrivSec had a full day online event on the 30th July with a host of speakers talking about information security, data protection, ransomeware and home working. The entire catalogue of disussions and interviews is available to view on demand by visiting https://digital.privsec.info/replays/

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