Michael Drury

‘All mouth and no trousers’? The new focus on the fight against economic crime, illicit finance and serious and organised crime in the Integrated Review

  1. In its first review of the UK’s security capabilities both at home and abroad since 2015, the Government in its ‘Integrated Review’ (IR) sets out its policy agenda in respect of security, defence and foreign policy for the next four years to 2025. Significantly, we see for the first time in such a review, that the fight against “economic crime” (as well as the inextricably linked issues of “illicit finance” and “serious and organised crime”) is identified as one of the government’s top “priority actions”, recognising that such issues pose a real national security threat to the UK, given the fact they are not confined to the UK’s borders but can arise from any bad actor worldwide and particularly so given the continued rise of cybercrime.
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Extradition from the EU: no longer the EAW revisited

The publication of the 5th March letter from Kevin Foster MP Minister of Future Borders and Immigration at the Home Office to the Lord’s EU Justice and Security sub-committee concerning the EU Notification under the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TACA) and specifically ‘Article LAW.SURR.83(2): Nationality exception’ on the surrender of Member States’ own nationals to the UK, throws a light on the true state of the relationship between EU Member States and the UK in extradition.

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‘UK-US Data Sharing Treaty – A Welcome Recognition of Reality’ BCL Partners write for Privacy Laws & Business’s International Report

BCL partners Michael Drury and Julian Hayes have contributed the chapter titled ‘UK-US Data Sharing Treaty – a welcome recognition of reality’ as part of Privacy Laws & Business‘ Data Protection & Privacy Information International report.

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£18.4 million Marriott International GDPR fine announced by ICO; what did we learn?

On October 30th, 2020, The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) announced its fine of £18.4 million issued to Marriott International, Inc., (“Marriott”) for violations of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). This is a significant decrease from the proposed fine of £99.2 million announced by the ICO in July 2019 (see our previous article here) against the background of Marriott’s security breach reported to have lasted some four years between 2014 to 2018, with the fine relating to the breach only from the point at which the GDPR came into force in May 2018. It is the second largest GDPR fine levied by the regulator thus far, behind that imposed on British Airways. To date, Marriott has not admitted liability for the breach, but the major international hotel operator has indicated that it does not plan to appeal the decision.

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