News stories posted during 2014

CNIL fines Google €150,000 for the failure of its privacy policy to comply with the law

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09/01/2014 by:

The CNIL, France’s Data Protection Authority, issued a €150,000 monetary penalty on Google Inc. on 3 January saying that Google’s 2012 single privacy policy, applying to various Google services,  does not comply with France’s Data Protection Act....

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EDPS calls Germany to take the lead in negotiating the EU DP Regulation

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16/01/2014 by:

The European Data Protection Supervisor, Peter Hustinx, has urged the German government to take the lead in trying to ensure that the EU DP reform takes place before the elections of the European Parliament and Commission in May this year. Speakin...

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Delay with EU DP draft Regulation - lack of political will or tricky technical issues?

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23/01/2014 by:

Speaking at the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conference in Brussels yesterday, Paul Nemitz, Director, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship part of the European Commission, argued that ministers have to take charge now for progressing the...

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Deadline for adopting the EU Data Protection Regulation shifted to the end of 2014

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28/01/2014 by:

The stakeholders have agreed on a new deadline, the end of 2014, to give the ministers of the 28 EU Member States in the Justice Council an opportunity to agree on the remaining controversial issues. EU Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding,...

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Invitation to take part in the ‘Big Data Protection’ Study

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10/02/2014 by:

The Big Data Protection Research Project, sponsored by the Open University Business School, investigates how organisations can leverage big data while respecting individuals' privacy rights.  Responses are sought by 28 February 2014. The project...

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German consumer organisations to be empowered to sue businesses for data protection law breaches

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17/02/2014 by:

A draft Bill, scheduled for April, will allow consumer organisations to take businesses to court for non-compliance with Germany’s Data Protection Act, Justice Minister, Heiko Maas, announced on 11 February. Consumer rights organizations in German...

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New Chair and Vice-Chairs of the EU Art. 29 Data Protection Working Party elected this morning

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27/02/2014 by:

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, the President of France’s CNIL was this morning elected as Chair of the EU Art. 29 Data Protection Working Party, the group where the 28 national Data Protection Authorities in the European Union co-ordinate their...

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Italy to increase inspections this year

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28/02/2014 by:

In 2014, the Garante’s investigations will concentrate on especially on overseas call centres and mobile payment systems, Italy’s Data Protection Authority has announced. The inspection plan for the first six months of 2014 is to focus on the area...

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EU Justice Ministers remain broadly committed to extending the DP Regulation’s territorial scope

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06/03/2014 by:

At the EU’s Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting on 3 and 4 March, the Justice Minsters had a debate on the proposed EU Data Protection Regulation. They broadly supported the draft provisions regarding the territorial scope of the Regulation,...

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EU DPAs and APEC take a step towards mutual recognition of BCR/CBPR

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10/03/2014 by:

 The EU Data Protection Authorities and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies have issued a checklist on the requirements that companies need to consider when applying for authorization of Binding corporate Rules (BCR) and/or...

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EU-US ‘data protection umbrella agreement’ for judicial matters under preparation

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27/03/2014 by:

Following the EU-US summit, President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, said in a statement on 26 March:  ‘On the governmental track, we'll have an umbrella agreement on data protection by this summer, based on equal treatment of EU and ...

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The CNIL, France’s DPA, gains new online inspection powers

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31/03/2014 by:

Law No. 2014-344 of 17 March 2014 amends France’s Data Protection Act giving the Data Protection Authority, the CNIL, the right to perform online checks. The new power allows the CNIL to remotely detect and react to data breaches on the Internet....

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Google pays 1 million euros fine in Italy for data collection by Street View

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04/04/2014 by:

Google has agreed to pay the 1 million fine imposed for privacy breaches relating to data collection by unmarked Google Street View cars, Italy’s Data Protection Authority, the Garante, announced on 3 April. The case goes back to 2010 when the...

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The EU Court in Luxemburg rules that removal of Hungarian DPA was illegal

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10/04/2014 by:

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) published its decision on 8th April that the removal of Dr. András Jóri from his position as Data Protection and Freedom of Information Ombudsman is an infringement of the independence of the Data Protection...

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Microsoft cloud wins EU approval

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22/04/2014 by:

The EU’s Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (the coordination group for Member States’ Data Protection Authorities) states that Microsoft’s contractual commitments meet the requirements of the EU’s model clauses. This will reduce the number ...

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Brazil enacts Internet Bill of Rights

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28/04/2014 by:

Brazil adopted Internet legislation on 23 April which establishes principles, guarantees, rights and obligations for Internet users and providers. According to this law (Marco Civil), use of the Internet in Brazil is founded on respect for freedom...

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CNIL to conduct 200 online inspections this year

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02/05/2014 by:

France’s Data Protection Authority, the CNIL, says that it will use its new power to conduct online inspections this year, and generally increase the number of inspections (see the international e-news on 31st March 2014). Overall, the DPA aims to...

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DPAs to conduct privacy enforcement sweep next week

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08/05/2014 by:

27 Data Protection Authorities from around the world will be scrutinising organisations’ collection and use of personal information on mobile apps next week. This online sweep, to be carried out 12-18 May, and organised by the Global Privacy...

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Google’s search engine subject to EU data protection laws

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13/05/2014 by:

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that citizens have a right to request that Google delete their data from search results. In a case involving Google Spain, the court rules that although US-based, the search engine is the data...

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eBay suffers major data breach

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23/05/2014 by:

eBay has asked users to change their passwords because of a cyber-attack that compromised a database containing passwords and other personal data such as names, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth. Cyber-attackers...

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Canada nominates new Privacy Commissioner

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29/05/2014 by:

Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, announced yesterday the nomination of Daniel Therrien as the next Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Mr. Therrien is currently Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Public Safety, Defence and Immigration Portfoli...

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Google receives 12,000 requests as a result of ‘right to be forgotten’ ECJ decision

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02/06/2014 by:

Google received 12,000 take-down requests from individuals on the first day it offered the service, 31 May, according to Agence France Presse . The number confirms earlier estimates given by the German daily Der Spiegel and reported in other media...

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Brazil’s Internet law enters into force 23 June

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11/06/2014 by:

To mark the start of the World Cup, we would like to offer you some news on Brazil. Brazil’s ground-breaking Internet law establishes the principles, guarantees, rights and obligations for the use of the Internet in Brazil.  From now on,...

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Reding says that US Safe Harbor changes nearly agreed

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16/06/2014 by:

Following suggestions made by the EU Commission last summer, the EU and the US are about to agree on how the Safe Harbor framework will be revised. Viviane Reding, EU Vice President and Commissioner for Justice, said on 6 June: “I think that 95% o...

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German DPAs publish guidelines for mobile apps

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23/06/2014 by:

The German Data Protection Authorities have published guidance for mobile apps due to app developers’ and application providers’ perceived lack of privacy knowledge, as demonstrated by their product and services. The guidelines comment on the lega...

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Agreement on EU DP draft Regulation nearly certain during 2015

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02/07/2014 by:

Different stakeholders, speaking at the Privacy Laws & Business 27th Annual International Conference yesterday, indicated that the draft data protection Regulation is now on an irreversible road. Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor,...

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Russia’s Internet Privacy Act will have wide implications for foreign companies

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16/07/2014 by:

Russia's State Duma (Lower House of Parliament) on 4th July and Federation Council (Upper House of Russia’s Parliament) on 9th July adopted amendments to Russia’s personal data protection act which require that personal data of all Russians is...

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EU Art. 29 DP Working Party meets search engines to discuss “right to be forgotten”

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25/07/2014 by:

The EU’s national Data Protection Authorities meeting as the EU Art. 29 DP Working Party yesterday had a meeting with the three major search engine companies, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, to discuss the ways in which they have implemented the “rig...

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Brazil issues fine of 1.2 million euros under new Internet privacy law

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12/08/2014 by:

Brazilian telecoms provider Oi has been fined 3.5 million reals (€1.2 million) for recording and selling its subscriber browser data, law firm Reed Smith reports. The fine, issued by the Brazilian Department of Consumer Protection and Defence...

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Brazil: CORRECTION

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12/08/2014 by:

PL&B's previous enews today about Brazil issuing a 1.2 million euros fine quoted the wrong legislation. According to Professor of Law, Danilo Doneda, the case was not based on Brazil's new Brazilian's internet law (Marco Civil da Internet), but...

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New EU Commissioner: Right to be Forgotten must not delay reform

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20/08/2014 by:

Newly appointed EU Justice Commissioner, Martine Reicherts, says that some parties are using the Right to be Forgotten (RTBF) to undermine the EU’s data protection reform. “They have got it wrong. And I will not let them abuse this crucial ruling ...

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CNIL issues public warning to Orange France

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27/08/2014 by:

France’s Data Protection Authority, the CNIL, has sanctioned the mobile telephone company, Orange France, for a data security breach. A public warning, issued on 25 August, follows a security breach which jeopardised personal data of more than one...

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Verizon to pay $7.4 million for its data protection failures

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08/09/2014 by:

Verizon has agreed to pay $7.4 to settle an investigation brought by US Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau. The Commission found that Verizon had failed to inform some two million customers of their privacy rights prior to...

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Ireland appoints new DP Commissioner

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11/09/2014 by:

Ireland has appointed Helen Dixon as the new Data Protection Commissioner. Ms Dixon has previously held senior management positions with the Companies Registration Office and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. According to the Iris...

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Juncker nominates his new European Commission: EU DP Regulation to be concluded by May 2015

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12/09/2014 by:

Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming President of the European Commission, nominated his team of commissioners on 10 September and set their data protection agenda. Andrus Ansip, former Prime Minister of Estonia, who has been nominated as...

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Home Depot loses 56 million customers’ credit card data and offers remediation

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23/09/2014 by:

The US retailer Home Depot has confirmed that credit card details of potentially 56 million of its customers have been compromised due to a cyber attack. By the time the company learned on 8 September from banks and law enforcement that it had bee...

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Nominee for EU Commissioner on data protection questioned by European Parliament

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02/10/2014 by:

Vĕra Jourová, candidate for the post of EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, said in a European Parliament hearing yesterday that she would ‘strive for the adoption of the [data protection] reform package within the first si...

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DPAs meet in Mauritius: Big Data, surveillance burning issues

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16/10/2014 by:

The 36th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, taking place in Mauritius this week, discussed yesterday the role of Big Data in society and the threat of surveillance systems. Jacob Kohnstamm, Chairman of the...

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DPAs adopt resolution on enforcement cooperation

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16/10/2014 by:

Members of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners say that they will further enhance their enforcement cooperation by agreeing to develop a secure international information platform to share confidential...

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Some Mauritius Conference last day highlights

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17/10/2014 by:

Ethics, Fundamental Rights and Big Data was discussed yesterday at the 36th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. Some highlights: What is the motivation behind the risk? There is an analogy between chemistry and b...

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European Parliament’s LIBE committee: Buttarelli for EDPS post

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22/10/2014 by:

The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee voted yesterday to nominate  Giovanni Buttarelli as top candidate for the post of European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS). Buttarelli is currently Assistant Supervisor. The Committee would lik...

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US Federal Communications Commission fines two phone companies $10 million

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04/11/2014 by:

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued, on 24 October, a 10 million dollar fine for breaching consumer privacy and data security. The phone companies, TerraCom and its affiliate YourTel America, claimed in their privacy policies tha...

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TRUSTe settles charges with US FTC for failures in its privacy seal programme

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21/11/2014 by:

 The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged TRUSTe, US-based provider of privacy certifications for online businesses, for deceiving consumers about its recertification program for companies’ privacy practices. The FTC Chairwoman, Edith...

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EU Parliament and Council appoint Giovanni Buttarelli as EDPS

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01/12/2014 by:

Giovanni Buttarelli has been appointed as European Data Protection Supervisor for the period of 1 December 2014 to 30 November 2019. The Assistant Supervisor will be Wojciech Wiewiórowski. "The [European Parliament’s] Civil Liberties Committee has...

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EU Council of Ministers takes a step away from total harmonisation

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05/12/2014 by:

At the EU Council of Ministers Home and Justice Affairs meeting 4 December in Brussels, the ministers agreed a partial general approach on data processing in the public sector.  This proposal by the Council would allow for some flexibility for the...

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DPAs write to app developers and demand transparency

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10/12/2014 by:

23 privacy authorities from around the world have written to operators of app marketplaces, including Google Play and the Apple App Store, to make it mandatory for mobile app developers to post links to privacy policies prior to download if they a...

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