News stories posted during January 2013

Ireland’s DPA starts to enforce "cookie" law

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03/01/2013 by:

Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes, has written to some 80 websites, asking them to provide information on the steps that they have taken to meet the so called "cookie" obligations. The list of companies includes many household...

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ICO approves American Express BCRs

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07/01/2013 by:

The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), acting as the lead authority, has approved Binding Corporate Rules for American Express to take effect from 28 January 2013. The ICO authorised the transfer of personal data under BCRs for American...

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ICO to develop press code of practice

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17/01/2013 by:

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) says in its formal response to the Leveson report that it has already started to implement several of the recommendations. The ICO says that its initial proposal is to develop a Code of Practice under...

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Irish presidency suggests watering down EU draft DP Regulation

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18/01/2013 by:

An informal European Union justice ministers’ meeting taking place today in Dublin is discussing areas where the Irish presidency to the Council of the European Union sees scope for changes. The presidency says that the following issues should be...

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China’s first privacy protection national standard to enter into force on 1st February

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23/01/2013 by:

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in Beijing announced on 21st January that a non-binding guideline urges organisations collecting personal data to obtain permission before collecting and using an individual’s personal...

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Sony fine gives indication of what the ICO means by appropriate security

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25/01/2013 by:

The £250,000 fine the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) imposed on Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited on 14 January, and announced on 24th January, follows a serious breach of the Data Protection Act in April 2011, when the Sony...

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The ICO reacts to the European Parliament's LIBE committee recommendations on the EU DP draft Regulation

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30/01/2013 by:

The ICO says that EU countries’ different interpretations on legitimate interests need to be retained in the new DP legislative framework. Commenting on the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee draft report on the draft EU DP Regulation, the ICO...

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Dutch and Canadian DPAs challenge WhatsApp's compliance with their privacy laws

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31/01/2013 by:

WhatsApp is in breach of data protection law, Canadian and Dutch data protection authorities have revealed. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) and the Dutch Data Protection Authority say that the app violates their privacy laws...

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