News stories posted during May 2017

Digital Economy Act passed: DP implications for data sharing and direct marketing

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03/05/2017 by:

The Digital Economy Bill received Royal Assent and passed into law last Thursday 27 April. The Act, which has data protection implications for data sharing and direct marketing, was rushed through Parliament due to the forthcoming general election...

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EDPS addresses DPOs in Italy

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08/05/2017 by:

Speaking at the ASSO DPO conference in Milan today, Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor said that  everyone needs to do their homework on the EU General Data Protection Regulation - DPOs, national legislators and Data Protecti...

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Facebook fined €150,000 by France’s DPA and WhatsApp €3 million by Italy’s antitrust body

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16/05/2017 by:

France’s Data Protection Authority, the CNIL, has today issued a fine of 150,000 euros on Facebook Inc and Facebook Ireland in an enforcement programme coordinated with four other Data Protection Authorities. The regulator says the company is in...

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Information Commissioner to investigate use of data analytics for political purposes including companies operating internationally

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17/05/2017 by:

Elizabeth Denham, UK Information Commissioner, has announced today that she has launched a formal investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes.  In response to a question from PL&B, she confirmed in open session at the ICO...

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May 2018 deadline for EU e-Privacy Regulation may be unrealistic

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19/05/2017 by:

The EU Council’s Maltese Presidency’s progress report on the EU Commission’s proposal for an e-Privacy Regulation reveals that while Member States are still preparing their national positions, some delegations are already asking for greater...

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Whistle-blowers and journalists face prison for revealing information that could be obtained under FOI

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22/05/2017 by:

The Campaign for Freedom of Information (CFOI) and ARTICLE 19 (the organisation which campaigns for freedom of expression and freedom of information) warn that new proposals by the Law Commission to reform the 1989 Official Secrets Act (OSA) could...

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ICO issues Information Rights Strategic Plan

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30/05/2017 by:

Elizabeth Denham marked 25 May last week, exactly a year before the GDPR applies in the UK and the other European Economic Area Member States by three initiatives, including issuing the ICO’s new Information Rights Strategic Plan 2017 – 2021. The...

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