News stories posted during April 2016

German competition policy agency investigates Facebook for infringement of DP rules

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01/04/2016 by:

The German Bundeskartellamt has initiated proceedings against Facebook on suspicion of the company having abused its dominant market positon by infringing data protection rules. The German competition policy agency is investigating Facebook Inc.,...

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Privacy Shield debate heats up as we wait for DPAs opinion

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04/04/2016 by:

The Privacy Shield framework provides an 'essentially equivalent' level of protection for personal data transferred from the EU to the US, Hogan Lovells LLP privacy lawyers conclude in their 63-page legal analysis commissioned by the Information...

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EU Council of Ministers publishes updated version of the General Data Protection Regulation

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08/04/2016 by:

The EU Council of Ministers has published a new version of the General Data Protection Regulation, dated 6 April 2016.  PL&B understands that technical/linguistic work has clarified some of the unclear wording in the text that was adopted by a...

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Turkey adopts data protection law

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08/04/2016 by:

Turkey’s Data Protection Law was published yesterday, 7 April in the Official Gazette. Assistant Professor Elif Küzeci from Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, told PL&B that this is the most significant step for data protection in Turkey so far. The...

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EU DPAs: In the absence of the EU-US Privacy Shield, BCRs can be used for now / GDPR to be adopted tomorrow

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13/04/2016 by:

EU DPAs:  In the absence of the EU-US Privacy Shield, BCRs can be used for now In a press conference today, the Chair of the EU Data Protection Working Party, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin (also President of France’s DPA, the CNIL), said that the...

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European Parliament adopts Data Protection Regulation: Enters into force by July

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14/04/2016 by:

The European Parliament’s plenary session this afternoon adopted the EU Data Protection Regulation. It is expected that it will enter into force by July, 20 days after its publication in the EU Official Journal. Its provisions will be directly...

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EU Commission starts revision of e-privacy Directive

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18/04/2016 by:

The European Commission launched, on 12 April, a public consultation on the revision of the e-Privacy Directive. It is expected that the Commission will issue a legislative proposal on e-privacy by the end of this year. The Consultation consists o...

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UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy is finding resources to do his job

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19/04/2016 by:

At yesterday’s ASSO DPO conference in Milan, Dr Joseph Cannataci, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy, told PL&B that, although he receives a low official budget (PL&B International Report April 2016 pp.10-12), in fact, he is...

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Degradation of privacy standards could be deemed abuse under competition law

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26/04/2016 by:

The UK Parliament’s European Union Committee, in its report issued on 20 April, says that online platforms are a prime example of tension between DP and competition law. The Lords stress that dominant online platforms could potentially abuse their...

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Elizabeth Denham confirmed as the UK's next Information Commissioner

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28/04/2016 by:

The UK House of Commons Department of Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee today confirmed Elizabeth Denham's appointment as Information Commissioner after Christopher Graham's term of office ends on 28 June. The pre-appointment hearing had a...

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UK ICO urges US to answer DPAs’ Privacy Shield questions

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29/04/2016 by:

The UK Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, says that the questions the EU DPA’s Article 29 Data Protection Working Party posed on the proposed EU-US Privacy Shield should be answered as a first priority. “The Article 29 Group has posed...

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