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Adam Rose on Tesco's collection of customer data for the Financial Times

Posted on 25 October 2022

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Commercial and Data Protection Partner Adam Rose has been featured in the Financial Times in relation to moves by a civil liberties group to challenge supermarket chain Tesco's collection of customer data.

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has raised concerns that Tesco's checkout-free stores represent risks to individual's privacy, as use of the stores requires a customer to have both the Tesco app and a subscription to the supermarket's loyalty scheme.

The group says that Tesco's approach “infringes the principle of data minimisation”, as described in the EU’s general data protection regulation and the UK equivalent.

Commenting on the implications of customers' movements being tracked in store, Adam said the legal arguments "were more complex".

“That type of processing . . . involves a much higher threshold to be legally compliant.”

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