News stories posted during 2013

Ireland’s DPA starts to enforce "cookie" law

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03/01/2013 by:

Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes, has written to some 80 websites, asking them to provide information on the steps that they have taken to meet the so called "cookie" obligations. The list of companies includes many household...

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Irish presidency suggests watering down EU draft DP Regulation

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18/01/2013 by:

An informal European Union justice ministers’ meeting taking place today in Dublin is discussing areas where the Irish presidency to the Council of the European Union sees scope for changes. The presidency says that the following issues should be...

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China’s first privacy protection national standard to enter into force on 1st February

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23/01/2013 by:

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in Beijing announced on 21st January that a non-binding guideline urges organisations collecting personal data to obtain permission before collecting and using an individual’s personal...

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Dutch and Canadian DPAs challenge WhatsApp's compliance with their privacy laws

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31/01/2013 by:

WhatsApp is in breach of data protection law, Canadian and Dutch data protection authorities have revealed. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) and the Dutch Data Protection Authority say that the app violates their privacy laws...

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US FTC fines Path $800,000 and launches mobile app guidance

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05/02/2013 by:

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has imposed an $800,000 fine on Path, a social networking service. Path was allegedly collecting children's personal information without their parents’ consent, which is a breach of the Children’s Online Priva...

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EU cyber security Directive would create a stronger breach notification regime

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10/02/2013 by:

The EU Commission issued  on 7 February a draft Directive for cyber security. The draft, entitled Directive on Network and Information Security, would oblige market operators and public administrations to report incidents that have a significant...

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EU DPAs warn Google about enforcement action

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21/02/2013 by:

The EU Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) are to decide in their meeting on 26 February about starting joint enforcement action against Google for the faults  in the company’s new Privacy Policy. The DP Commissioners aim to establish a working...

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Netherlands' DPA issues new data security guidelines

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22/02/2013 by:

The Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) published, on 19 February, new guidelines on the security of data processing. The new guidelines contain instructions on how to implement the security principles in practice, reports law firm Bird & Bird....

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Ireland to audit major social networking firms

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27/02/2013 by:

Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes, has announced that he will audit major social media companies. Ireland has a significant responsibility for the rest of Europe, as many of these companies have located their European headquarte...

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EU DP Regulations likely to take a more risk-based approach

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01/03/2013 by:

The EU draft DP Regulations should take a more risk-based approach, the EU Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) say. The EU Art. 29 DP Working Party considers that some of the provisions in the proposed Regulation may pose a burden on some...

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Evernote loses 50 million users' password data

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08/03/2013 by:

Evernote, a web-based app to organise and store business and personal data, revealed on 5  February that hackers had gained access to the personal information of more than 50 million of its users. The information lost included encrypted password...

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EU Commissioner Reding: The new EU DP framework is not just about consent

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14/03/2013 by:

The EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Viviane Reding, says that while explicit consent is one of the cornerstones of the proposal for a new EU DP framework, it is nothing new. “The current Directive states since 1995...

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EU DPAs on mobile apps: More transparency required

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19/03/2013 by:

The EU Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) say that in most cases, data controllers’ will have to rely on individuals’ consent as a legal basis for the processing of their personal data, and that consent needs to be obtained before the app starts t...

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The CNIL plans to conduct 400 inspections this year in France

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22/03/2013 by:

France’s Data Protection Authority, the CNIL, announced on 19 March that it aims to conduct some 400 inspections in 2013, reports law firm, Bird & Bird, Paris. A third of them will result from complaints received. CCTV will feature heavily as a...

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EU starts discussions with APEC on finding a way to link their approaches to international transfers

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05/04/2013 by:

The EU Art. 29 Data Protection Working Party announced at the end of March that there had been discussions in Jakarta, Indonesia, at the end of January and the beginning of March to find a common approach between the EU’s Binding Corporate Rules a...

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EU DPAs stress consent requirement for Big Data initiatives

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12/04/2013 by:

The EU Member States' Data Protection Commissioners say that individuals’ consent is almost always needed for using personal data for Big Data operations, for example, detecting trends or individuals’ behaviour and attitudes. Consent should be fre...

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Uruguay's accession to CoE DP Convention paves way for it to become a wider international treaty

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17/04/2013 by:

On 12 April 2013 the Council of Europe announced that Uruguay's accession to Convention 108 (and to its Additional Protocol) was complete. It will enter into force regarding Uruguay on 1 August 2013, making it the 45th state to become a party, and...

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Hamburg's DPA fines Google for Street View

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22/04/2013 by:

The German city state of Hamburg has today issued a fine of 145,000 euros on Google for its data collection during Street View operations. The DPA says that the company collected personal data during 2008-2010 through unencrypted Wifi connections....

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US congress puts pressure on developing Do-Not-Track standard

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25/04/2013 by:

In the hearing organised by US Senate Commerce Committee yesterday, its Chairman, Senator John D. Rockefeller, said that Do-Not-Track needs to become a reality, either voluntarily or through legislation. “It is now April 2013, and consumers are...

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DPAs from Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific monitor privacy policies on websites

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09/05/2013 by:

Data Protection Authorities from around the globe are this week organising an “Internet Privacy Sweep” to examine the transparency of companies’ websites.  The initiative will help enforcement authorities to identify sites or apps which may warran...

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Vote on EU DP proposals now delayed

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10/05/2013 by:

The lead rapporteur for the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) announced at a LIBE meeting on 6 May that the committee’s vote on the draft DP Regulation will be delayed due to around 3,000 amendment...

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Russia amends its DP laws

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14/05/2013 by:

The office of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has announced that the president has signed the Federal Law on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation following the Adoption of the Federal Law On Ratification of the...

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Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Act to enter into force in July 2014

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21/05/2013 by:

Singapore's Minister for Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, has announced that the personal data protection requirements of the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (PDPA) will enter into force on 2 July 2014. The Do Not Call Registry...

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EU DP compromise proposal would make life easier for companies

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10/06/2013 by:

The Council of the European Union, anxious to see progress with the draft EU DP Regulation before the Parliament’s summer recess, is suggesting a compromise deal which takes more of a risk-based approach. With regard to extra-territorial...

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DPAs query privacy aspects of Google Glass

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20/06/2013 by:

DPAs have sent a letter to Google inviting the company to provide further information about Google Glass. The letter, sent by Canada’s Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart, and signed on behalf of the Article 29 Working Party by Chairman Jacob...

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France and Spain take action on Google

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24/06/2013 by:

France’s DPA, the CNIL, has ordered Google to comply with France’s Data Protection Act within three months or otherwise it will impose sanctions on the company of up to up to 150,000 euros. Spain’s DPA has similarly warned Google that it could fac...

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EU DPAs may be given discretion to decide level of fines

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05/07/2013 by:

A leaked document sent on 21 June from the Irish Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers to the Data Protection Working Party on Information Exchange and Data Protection (DAPIX) reveals that the administrative fines in the planned EU DP regulati...

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W3C rejects industry's Do-Not-Track proposal

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22/07/2013 by:

The Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) Do-Not-Track proposal has been rejected by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that is seeking to design a solution that would let users block online "tracking" at browser level.  DAA, an US industry...

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Brazil considers DP bill again

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23/07/2013 by:

The Brazilian government is again discussing the possibility of creating a data protection agency and a data protection regulation. According to Pablo Palazzi, a solicitor at Allende & Brea, Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Data Protection Bill, draft...

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China’s new DP Regulations to take effect on 1st September

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31/07/2013 by:

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) passed the Telecommunications and Internet Personal User Data Protection Regulations on 28 June 2013, to take effect on 1 September 2013. The MIIT has previously issued Regulations in...

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Cloud threatened: German DPAs stop granting permission for data transfers to non-EU countries

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08/08/2013 by:

In a dramatic move to highlight the excessive surveillance by foreign intelligence services, Germany’s Data Protection Authorities have declared that until their Federal Government provides a plausible explanation on how to limit this access, new...

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South Africa passes Data Protection Bill

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28/08/2013 by:

South Africa’s Parliament approved the Protection of Personal Information Bill on 22 August. The Parliament issued the following statement:  ‘The Bill gives expression to the right to privacy provided for in the Constitution. The right to privacy...

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DP Commissioners to discuss assessment of risk at their September international conference

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29/08/2013 by:

The 35th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, hosted by Poland, 23-26 September, will discuss, among other things, assessment of risk related to data processing. Dr. Wojciech R. Wiewiórowski, Poland’s Data...

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DPAs: DP is not just the responsibility of apps developers

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27/09/2013 by:

In a resolution adopted at the 35th International DPA conference in Warsaw on 24 September, DPAs from around the world stress that in addition to app developers, providers of operating systems should bear responsibility for privacy on the framewor...

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DPAs to strengthen enforcement cooperation

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27/09/2013 by:

The Data Protection Authorities say that they will further strengthen their cooperation in order to ensure effective enforcement across jurisdictions. Speaking at the DPAs' 35th international conference in Warsaw on 26 September, UK Information...

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New Data Protection Authority for Japan

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07/10/2013 by:

The Number Use Act 2013 establishes a new and independent Data Protection Authority to be set up in the first half of 2014. The Specific Personal Information Protection Commission will consist of a Chairman and six commission members, and will be...

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EU Justice Ministers find common ground on DP draft Regulation

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08/10/2013 by:

In a press conference on 7 October, EU Commissioner, Viviane Reding, declared that she is very happy about the progress made at the European Union’s Justice Council meeting. “Today the text [draft Data Protection Regulation] received very strong...

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Future of W3C Do-Not-Track in doubt

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14/10/2013 by:

W3C’s (World Wide Web Consortium) working group on a US self-regulatory Do-Not-Track standard may stop its work as it has not been able to make much progress. At a vote, organised between 18 September and 9 October, a small majority of the 43...

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The Dutch government proposes mandatory breach notification

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17/10/2013 by:

The Netherlands government’s proposal for mandatory data breach notification would require all organisations to inform the Dutch DPA of security breaches. According to law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in Amsterdam, a failure to notify would ...

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Critical times for EU DP draft Regulation as UK tries to delay it

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01/11/2013 by:

At last week’s European Council meeting, the UK’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, pushed his counterparts to agree on a 2015 deadline, which could mean that the EU Data Protection Regulation would not be adopted under the current Commission, and th...

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UN to consider Internet privacy resolution

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15/11/2013 by:

Germany and Brazil have called on the United Nations to adopt a resolution about online privacy, reports the Associated Press.  According to Associated Press, the draft resolution states that countries must protect the right to privacy as guarante...

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Malaysia’s long overdue Act now in force

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20/11/2013 by:

Malaysia’s Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (PDPA) was finally brought into force on 15 November 2013, more than three years after it was enacted. A number of Regulations have come into force on the same day. All data users have three months from...

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EU gives US Safe Harbor another chance

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02/12/2013 by:

The EU Commission has now reviewed the working of the US Safe Harbor programme on transfers of personal data from the European Economic Area to the US, and says that it will wait until summer 2014 to see whether it will suspend, modify or even...

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South Africa adopts comprehensive privacy law

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02/12/2013 by:

A law heavily influenced by the EU draft DP Regulation and European DP tradition. Pamela Stein reports. After eight years of deliberations and numerous reviews, South Africa’s first comprehensive data protection law, the Protection of Personal...

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Greece: DP a priority for 2014 EU Presidency, legal wrangle at the EU Council

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09/12/2013 by:

As we wait to see whether there will be any progress made by the end of the year, Greece, which will hold the next presidency of the EU, January to June 2014, has announced that it will ensure that data protection is high up on the agenda. On the...

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China’s consumer law amendments widen data protection

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10/12/2013 by:

China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee (its second-highest legislative body) has amended the PRC’s Law on the Protection of Consumer Rights and Interests to include provisions on protection of personal information, along with...

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NSA collection of metadata likely to be unconstitutional, US judge says

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18/12/2013 by:

An opinion by a judge at the US District Court for the District of Columbia, given on 16 December, says that the mass collection of metadata by the US National Security Agency (NSA) is likely to violate the fourth amendment of the US constitution,...

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Germany appoints a new Federal DP Commissioner

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19/12/2013 by:

Andrea Vosshoff is the new Federal Data Protection Commissioner after being elected a few minutes ago by the Bundestag with a majority of 403 votes. She is a CDU (Christian Democratic Union) politician, who sat in the Bundestag, the lower house of...

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