News stories posted during March 2017

Government reaffirms its commitment to ensure unhindered data flows

01/03/2017 by:

The government has today launched its Digital Strategy, which aims to ‘make Britain the best place to start and grow a digital business, or trial a technology.’ The strategy has seven pillars, including ‘data economy; unlocking the power of data i...

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US privacy organisations call for annulment of the EU-US Privacy Shield

02/03/2017 by:

Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have written to EU Commissioner for Justice, Véra  Jourová, saying that given the recent changes to US policies and oversight structures, they believe that the assurances that the...

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ICO issues GDPR draft guidance on consent and launches consultation

03/03/2017 by:

The ICO’s draft guidance on how consent will be understood under the GDPR says that going forward, there must be a positive opt-in. Consent should be separate from other terms and conditions, and it should not generally be a pre-condition of signi...

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Italy issues highest ever fines in EU for a DP breach

13/03/2017 by:

Italy’s Data Protection Authority, the Garante, on 10 March fined five companies in excess of 11 million euros for the unlawful processing of personal data. The data breach was discovered in the context of a broader financial police (Guardia di...

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Denham: Best way forward would be to obtain an adequacy finding from the EU

14/03/2017 by:

Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner, is recommending to the government that the UK applies for an EU adequacy finding for data transfers. Giving evidence at the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee on 8 March, Denham said that an...

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Data Protection by Design Award entry date extended to 30 March

14/03/2017 by:

The Catalan Data Protection Authority (DPA) has extended the entry date to 30th March for the 5th edition of its Data Protection by Design Award with 5,000 and 2,000 euros money prizes and marketing opportunities. Àngels Barbarà i Fondevila, Catal...

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Flybe and Honda fined for not respecting marketing opt-outs

28/03/2017 by:

Flybe, a regional airline, and Honda Motors have been fined £70,000 and £13,000 respectively for breach of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR). Both companies failed to respect individuals’ opt-outs from future marketing....

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