UK launches data reform to boost innovation, economic growth and protect the public

New regime to cement UK’s position as a science and tech superpower Information Commissioner’s Office to be reformed to help drive economic growth and innovation and strengthen public trust in use of data Plans include tougher penalties for nuisance calls and text messagesGovernment wants new data regime “based on common sense, not box ticking” to … Continue reading UK launches data reform to boost innovation, economic growth and protect the public

EU adopts ‘adequacy’ decisions allowing data to continue flowing freely to the UK

The European Union (EU) has formally recognised the UK’s high data protection standards after more than a year of constructive talksThis will allow the continued seamless flow of personal data from the EU to the UK Personal data can continue to flow freely between Europe and the UK following agreement by the European Union to … Continue reading EU adopts ‘adequacy’ decisions allowing data to continue flowing freely to the UK

Government secures refund rights for McAfee customers

Following CMA action, McAfee, a leading supplier of anti-virus software, has extended its refund rights for all customers whose contracts have auto-renewed. The changes secured by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) as part of its investigation into the anti-virus software sector include: McAfee ensuring that customers whose contract auto-renews for another year will be able to … Continue reading Government secures refund rights for McAfee customers

New format NINOs? No they’re Temporary Reference Numbers (TRNs) – do not use!

There have been a number of questions circulating about new format National Insurance Numbers identified as such on letters to individuals from HM Revenue and Customs and also on P2 tax code notifications to individuals. These ‘new numbers’ are in a different format to the traditional NINO. Have NINOs changed? Should employers use these new … Continue reading New format NINOs? No they’re Temporary Reference Numbers (TRNs) – do not use!

Employee payment records required to be retained for Six Years for National Minimum Wage purposes

Employers are to be required to keep records relevant to National Minimum Wage for 6 years as part of the The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2021. Regulation 2(5) extends the period for which an employer must keep records sufficient to establish that the employer is remunerating the worker at a rate at least equal … Continue reading Employee payment records required to be retained for Six Years for National Minimum Wage purposes

UK government welcomes the European Commission’s draft data adequacy decisions

Today’s draft decisions follow months of discussions and pave the way for continued free flow of data between the EU and the UKThe UK now urges the EU to fulfil its declared commitment to complete the technical approval process swiftly, so that we have final data adequacy decisions as soon as possibleThis will provide certainty … Continue reading UK government welcomes the European Commission’s draft data adequacy decisions