News stories posted during June 2012

Poor data destruction of sexual health and staff data leads to £325,000 highest ever fine by UK ICO

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01/06/2012 by:

The UK Information Commissioner (ICO) announced today a record fine of £325,000 on Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust over failure to properly dispose of around 1,000 computer hard drives. As a result, 252 hard drives,...

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No need for informed consent for authentication and session-ID cookies

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12/06/2012 by:

The EU Data Protection Authorities have analysed the exemptions to the requirement for informed consent in the e-Privacy Directive, and conclude that some cookies can be exempted from informed consent under certain conditions, if they are not used...

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Linklaters obtains Binding Corporate Rules approval

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13/06/2012 by:

Linklaters’ Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) were approved by the UK Information Commissioner on 1 June 2012, making it the first law firm to achieve this approval. The ICO acted as the lead authority with the Belgian Privacy Commission and Data...

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Government publishes draft Communications Data Bill

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18/06/2012 by:

The draft Communications Data Bill would give intelligence services and the police new, extensive powers to monitor communications data (subscriber data, use data and traffic data). While RIPA (The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act) already...

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Facebook to pay $10 million to charity

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19/06/2012 by:

Facebook Inc has agreed to settle a California lawsuit by paying $10 million to charity. Facebook was accused by five Facebook members of violating user rights in terms of them not having full control of their own names, photographs and likenesses...

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EU DPAs prepare for future use of BCRs for processors

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21/06/2012 by:

As the EU Data Protection draft Regulation specifically mentions Binding Corporate Rules (BCR) for processors or 'Binding Safe Processor Rules (BSPR)’, the EU Data Protection Authorities have now adopted a working document on this topic. This...

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EU Council developing its position on the EU DP draft Regulation

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26/06/2012 by:

The Council Presidency’s note of 22 June to the Working Party on Data Protection and Exchange of Information reveals that almost all Member States’ delegations would like to see fewer delegated acts in the proposals. Also, several Member States sa...

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UK businesses worried about future DP administrative burdens

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28/06/2012 by:

The summary of responses to the Ministry of Justice’s call for evidence on the European Commission's proposed data protection legislation reveals that a large number of respondents thought that the proposed Regulation would represent an...

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