News stories posted during September 2012

EU formally approves Uruguay’s adequacy

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05/09/2012 by:

The European Commission issued its decision on 21 August on Uruguay’s adequacy for transfers of personal data from the European Union (Official Journal L 227, 23/08/2012). The Commission says that the legal standards for the protection of personal...

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Cabinet minutes on Iraq remain off limits

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07/09/2012 by:

The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, says in his report submitted to Parliament on 3 September that the circumstances around Cabinet minutes on Iraq were not ‘exceptional’ – a prerequisite for the use of the Ministerial veto under FOI...

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Two thirds of top UK websites have taken steps to address cookie regulations

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10/09/2012 by:

According to a TRUSTe study, nearly two in three top UK websites have implemented at least some measures to address the e-Privacy Directive and its cookie clause. TRUSTe, provider of online privacy trustmarks and services, looked at 231 UK website...

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ICO imposes fine of £250,000 and warns about shoddy outsourcing deals

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11/09/2012 by:

Scottish Borders Council has been fined £250,000 for losing former employees’ pension records. Some 600 files containing personal information - in some cases salary and bank account details - were found in a supermarket paper recycling bank.  The...

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UK government lobbies for a general DP Directive

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19/09/2012 by:

Giving evidence on 17 September to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee on the EU Commission's data protection proposals, Lord McNally, Secretary of State, made it clear that the government wants to see a Directive instead of a directly...

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Ireland's DPA satisfied with Facebook Ireland implementation of best practice recommendations

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21/09/2012 by:

Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes, says that he is satisfied with the great majority of steps that Facebook Ireland (FB-I) has taken to follow his best practice recommendations.  The DPA’s report on its re-audit of Facebook,...

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EU DPAs recommend Monaco to be considered as adequate for data transfers

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28/09/2012 by:

The EU’s Data Protection Working Party has analysed the extent to which the Monaco DP regime fulfils the requirements for data transfers under the EU Data Protection Directive, and says that Monaco's DP law provides an adequate level of protection...

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