This Week’s Techlaw News Snippets

May 2, 2019

EDPB consults on guidelines on online services and ‘performance of a contract’ basis for processing

The European Data Protection Board has issued a consultation on a new set of draft guidelines on the processing of personal data under Article 6(1)(b) of the GDPR in the context of the provision of online services to data subjects. The guidelines cover the circumstances where it is appropriate to use ‘performance of a contract’ as the lawful basis for processing personal data, and those where other grounds, such as consent or legitimate interests are advisable. The guidelines also aim to correct perceived ‘bad practice’ resulting from an overly broad application of the performance of a contract basis. The consultation ends on 24 May 2019.

The ICO has issued a call for views on a data protection and journalism code of practice

The Information Commissioner is calling for views on a data protection and journalism code of practice. The Data Protection Act 2018 requires the ICO to produce a code of practice that provides practical guidance and promotes good practice with regards to processing personal data for the purposes of journalism. The ICO’s intention is for the code to provide practical, pragmatic guidance for journalists on how to comply with data protection legislation, building on the guidance that the ICO has already produced for this sector. The call for views ends on 27 May 2019. 

CAA launches consultation on charging structure of drone registration

The Civil Aviation Authority has launched a consultation about the charging structure to be applied to drone users and model aircraft operators to cover the costs of running the government’s drone registration and education scheme, including IT hosting and security cost. The scheme will require drone users and model aircraft operators to register and undertake an online course and test about drone safety rules. The proposed annual registration charge is £16.50. The CAA plans to open the registration scheme on 1 October 2019, enabling those required to register to do so before the 30 November 2019 deadline required under the UK Air Navigation Order as amended. The consultation ends on 7 June 2019.