News stories posted during April 2013

EU starts discussions with APEC on finding a way to link their approaches to international transfers

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05/04/2013 by:

The EU Art. 29 Data Protection Working Party announced at the end of March that there had been discussions in Jakarta, Indonesia, at the end of January and the beginning of March to find a common approach between the EU’s Binding Corporate Rules a...

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Government proposes compulsory DP audits for NHS

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11/04/2013 by:

Following several high profile data security breaches within the National Health Service (NHS), and numerous complaints to the Information Commissioner (ICO), the government proposes that NHS organisations should be made subject to compulsory data...

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EU DPAs stress consent requirement for Big Data initiatives

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12/04/2013 by:

The EU Member States' Data Protection Commissioners say that individuals’ consent is almost always needed for using personal data for Big Data operations, for example, detecting trends or individuals’ behaviour and attitudes. Consent should be fre...

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Some FOIA amendments to take effect in May or June

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16/04/2013 by:

According to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the following amendments to the FOIA are likely to take effect in May or June:   - Amendments to the FOIA in section 102 Protection of Freedoms Act (POFA) – duty to provide data sets in...

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Uruguay's accession to CoE DP Convention paves way for it to become a wider international treaty

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17/04/2013 by:

On 12 April 2013 the Council of Europe announced that Uruguay's accession to Convention 108 (and to its Additional Protocol) was complete. It will enter into force regarding Uruguay on 1 August 2013, making it the 45th state to become a party, and...

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Hamburg's DPA fines Google for Street View

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22/04/2013 by:

The German city state of Hamburg has today issued a fine of 145,000 euros on Google for its data collection during Street View operations. The DPA says that the company collected personal data during 2008-2010 through unencrypted Wifi connections....

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US congress puts pressure on developing Do-Not-Track standard

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25/04/2013 by:

In the hearing organised by US Senate Commerce Committee yesterday, its Chairman, Senator John D. Rockefeller, said that Do-Not-Track needs to become a reality, either voluntarily or through legislation. “It is now April 2013, and consumers are...

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