News stories posted during October 2016

EDPS calls for regulators’ cooperation and scepticism on Big Data mergers

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03/10/2016 by:

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Giovanni Buttarelli, says that we need to see more accountability in Big Data mergers. “Regulators should have a healthy scepticism on these, and be more conversant with new technology.” Buttarelli...

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ICO’s Denham: GDPR extremely likely to apply before the UK leaves the EU

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03/10/2016 by:

In a speech delivered on Thursday, 29 September in London, the United Kingdom’s new Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, stated that UK businesses with international clients and partners would be wise to carry on with their GDPR preparation...

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Directors should be personally liable for fines, says Information Commissioner in Parliament

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13/10/2016 by:

Elizabeth Denham, in her first appearance before a Parliamentary Committee since being appointed Information Commissioner, called for directors to be accountable by becoming personally liable to pay fines. The context for this comment was today’s...

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100+ DPAs gather in Morocco to discuss developing privacy issues

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20/10/2016 by:

Data Protection Authorities from all over the world are currently meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco for their 38th International Privacy Conference. The DPAs and stakeholders debated yesterday data privacy as a driver for sustainable development,...

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US pleased with 500 Privacy Shield certifications so far

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21/10/2016 by:

“We are very pleased that participation in the EU-US Privacy Shield has exceeded expectations,” Shannon Coe from the US Department of Commerce said. Speaking at the international DPAs’ conference in Marrakesh yesterday, Coe confirmed that the...

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ICO issues updated code of practice and checklist on privacy notices

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26/10/2016 by:

The Information Commissioner's Office’s new code of practice on privacy notices gives guidance on how to write a new privacy notice; how to develop an existing privacy notice, and how to evaluate an existing privacy notice. The code, published on ...

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EU DPAs target WhatsApp and Yahoo – 1st step in enhanced enforcement cooperation

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28/10/2016 by:

The EU Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (WP29) has sent a letter to WhatsApp saying that they have serious concerns regarding the sharing of information within the “Facebook family of companies”. The DPAs say that the Terms of Service and...

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