News stories posted during March 2015

Obama administration issues a draft Privacy Bill of Rights

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The text of the draft privacy Bill of Rights, labelled a ‘discussion draft’, would severely restrict the collection and processing of consumer data. This wide-ranging bill, based on the existing Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs), would...

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Network Rail to be stationed within FOI regime by end of March

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04/03/2015 by:

Simon Hughes MP, Justice Minister, announced on 2nd March at the ICO’s Data Protection Practitioners’ Conference (#DPPC2015) that Network Rail will officially join 100 other companies which have been brought within the scope of the Freedom of...

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Enforced subject access a criminal offence from today

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10/03/2015 by:

From 10 March, it will be a criminal offence to require an individual to make a subject access request for information related to their criminal past. Employers may no longer require that the individual supply them with a relevant record. This...

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Netherlands’ DPA and US FTC sign Memorandum of Understanding

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11/03/2015 by:

The Netherlands’ Data Protection Authority and the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on 9 March “to enhance information sharing and enforcement cooperation on privacy-related matters.” While the agencies...

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Council reaches partial general agreement on the One-Stop-Shop

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16/03/2015 by:

The "One-Stop-Shop" will apply only in important cross-border cases, the Council of the European Union announced on 13 March. It said that EU Justice Ministers have reached a partial general approach on specific issues in the EU DP draft Regulatio...

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Interception of Communications Commissioner makes 346 recommendations

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20/03/2015 by:

The Interception of Communications Commissioner, Rt Hon. Sir Anthony May, says in his recently published report that there is no significant institutional overuse of communications data powers by police forces and law enforcement agencies. However...

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Prince Charles’ letters to be released under the FOIA

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26/03/2015 by:

The Supreme Court has ruled that Prince Charles’ correspondence with government departments will be made public under the FOIA. The Upper Tribunal had ordered disclosure in 2012 as a response to a FOI request made by Guardian journalist, Rob Evans...

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Japan plans to amend its law and allow for inspections

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27/03/2015 by:

Japan’s Cabinet decided on 10 March to amend the 2003 Act on the Protection of Personal Information. Dr. Hiroshi Miyashita, Associate Professor, Chuo University, Tokyo, informed PL&B that both the House of Representatives and the House of...

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ICO fines Serious Fraud Office £180,000 and warns other law enforcement agencies

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30/03/2015 by:

The ICO has announced today that it has fined the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) £180,000 for wrongly disclosing evidence to witnesses in a bribery investigation. The bribery investigation into senior executives at BAE Systems had been concluded in...

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