Data Protection

GDPR: What is it and It's effects?

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is an EU regulation that will come into effect on the 25th May 2018, this means that the UK Parliament is not involved in whether this regulation is to pass. Although what exactly does it mean for individuals?

The GDPR attempts to give the EU citizens/residents control over their personal data and provide the following things for individuals(in relation to data):

  • The right to be informed
  • The right of access
  • The right to rectification
  • The right to erasure
  • The right to restrict processing
  • The right to data portability
  • The right to object
  • Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling.

The regulation means that companies will have to take more measures in protecting "personal data" inside and outside of the EU. It should allow individuals to more easily access what information companies hold on them and possibly even allow deletion of such data (Right to erasure/forgotton).
 

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“A wise man knows that confidentiality equals profit” - The 30th Ferengi Rule of Acquisition, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

 

EU Court of Justice Invalidates "Safe Harbor" Agreement

Tuesday, 6 October, 2015 - 13:15

In a landmark ruling today the Court of Justice of the European Union found that the current 'Safe Harbor' agreement (which underpins the vast majority of the transfer of data from the EU to the US) is invalid. This ruling strikes an important blow for data protection for EU citizens.
Safe Harbor has long been used by large corporations to justify transferring data out of UK and EU datacentres, into US based locations. By using "Safe Harbor", companies agree to be bound by the same restrictions as they have in the US, despite not being explicitly required to do so by US law.

Outcry Over Plans to Sell Taxpayer Data

Saturday, 19 April, 2014 - 07:30

Concerns have been raised over plans by HMRC to sell access to anonymised tax records to  businesses, researchers and public bodies. This would include the records of the UK's 29.3 million taxpayers. The moves have been criticised by civil society and a former Government minister.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

Victory For Euro Consumers As EU Votes To End Roaming Charges, Guarantee Net Neutrality

 Some big advances today in the often frustrating, slow moving world of communications regulation: the European Union has voted in favor of ending mobile roaming charges, and also in favor of guaranteeing net neturality on data networks....

  

Wednesday, 9 April, 2014 - 03:30

Protection of Privacy & Civil Rights

Data Protection and Surveillance

Security in Freedom

The expansion of our civil rights, and protection of our freedom is a primary motivation for PIRATES.

The threat posed by unlawful and excessive surveillance measures, imposed on us by governments both foreign and domestic, whether in response to terrorism or other threats is grave. There is an immediate need for action to redress the balance and restore our privacy.

Information Age: EU Data Protection

Chris Grayling has claimed that EU data protection plans will cost British Jobs. In response to Grayling's comments, Pirate Party UK leader Loz Kaye said that UK government's policy on data protection is being shaped by its attititude towards Europe.

"Once again we can see how the government's continuing political difficulties on the issue of the EU is leading to them letting UK citizens down," Kaye said. "It's vital that we positively engage to protect British people's information and rights over how it is used.

Thursday, 18 July, 2013 - 23:00