News stories posted during 2015

Snapchat settles with FTC and agrees to biannual audits

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05/01/2015 by:

Snapchat has agreed to biannual, independent third party audits for the next 20 years as part of its settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The company had allegedly violated the FTC Act by deceiving customers with promises about t...

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Obama announces plans for US federal privacy law

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15/01/2015 by:

Speaking at the US Federal Trade Commission on 12 January, President Barack Obama announced his plans for a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. The Obama administration issued a white paper on consumer privacy in February 2012 and the Commerce...

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Chile is preparing a new data protection law

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21/01/2015 by:

Chile is in the progress of drafting a new privacy law which would be more in line with EU style provisions. "The Bill is not yet before the Congress but there was a public consultation last July," Paulina Silva of Carey y Cia said at the CPDP...

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Albrech optimistic about 2015 deadline for EU DP Regulation

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23/01/2015 by:

Jan Albrecht, MEP and data protection rapporteur at the European Parliament on the draft EU DP Regulation is optimistic about  the Council reaching its negotiating position by this summer. "I am optimistic that we can reach a solution in 2015. But...

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Germany approves Bill to establish collective action for enforcement of consumer/data protection rights

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09/02/2015 by:

After approval by Germany’s federal cabinet, the legislature will now consider how to make the enforcement of consumer and data protection rights more effective. The draft law would improve the civil enforcement of consumer protection provisions o...

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Brazil issues Data Protection Bill

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12/02/2015 by:

The Brazilian government issued a Draft Bill for the Protection of Personal Data (Anteprojeto de Lei para a Proteção de Dados Pessoais) on 28 January 2015. Privacy Laws & Business constantly monitors legislative developments round the world. See o...

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New EU DP Supervisor to focus on external relations

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13/02/2015 by:

In an exclusive interview with Laura Linkomies, PL&B Editor, newly appointed European Data Protection Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, explained that his priority over the next five years is to be proactive in promoting a culture of data protectio...

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Microsoft adopts ISO 27018 cloud code of practice

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25/02/2015 by:

In Microsoft’s most recent audit for ISO 27001, ISO auditors have verified that Microsoft incorporates controls that comply with the ISO 27018 code of practice for the protection of personal data in the cloud ( PL&B International Report October 20...

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Italy’s DPA extends its reach to audit Google’s US headquarters and possibly other companies

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26/02/2015 by:

The Garante, Italy’s DP Authority, is requesting changes to Google’s privacy policy to bring it into line with Italy’s data protection law. Google has until 15 January 2016 to comply. The decision includes the opportunity for the Garante to conduc...

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Obama administration issues a draft Privacy Bill of Rights

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03/03/2015 by:

The text of the draft privacy Bill of Rights, labelled a ‘discussion draft’, would severely restrict the collection and processing of consumer data. This wide-ranging bill, based on the existing Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs), would...

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Netherlands’ DPA and US FTC sign Memorandum of Understanding

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11/03/2015 by:

The Netherlands’ Data Protection Authority and the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on 9 March “to enhance information sharing and enforcement cooperation on privacy-related matters.” While the agencies...

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Council reaches partial general agreement on the One-Stop-Shop

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16/03/2015 by:

The "One-Stop-Shop" will apply only in important cross-border cases, the Council of the European Union announced on 13 March. It said that EU Justice Ministers have reached a partial general approach on specific issues in the EU DP draft Regulatio...

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Japan plans to amend its law and allow for inspections

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27/03/2015 by:

Japan’s Cabinet decided on 10 March to amend the 2003 Act on the Protection of Personal Information. Dr. Hiroshi Miyashita, Associate Professor, Chuo University, Tokyo, informed PL&B that both the House of Representatives and the House of...

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Criminal sanctions and compensation for moral damages result from misuse of CCTV images contrary to registration with France’s CNIL

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08/04/2015 by:

By a judgment of February 24, 2015, the Paris Court of Appeal issued criminal sanctions both against a restaurant “La Closerie des Lilas” and its manager, for misuse of a CCTV system which had been put in place for security purposes and not to...

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DPAs support UN resolution on privacy

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10/04/2015 by:

The International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) announced on 9th April their support for a UN Human Rights Council Resolution titled: “The right to privacy in the digital age” which was adopted on 28th March. The...

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The Global Privacy Enforcement Network increases in size and scope

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15/04/2015 by:

The Global Privacy Enforcement Network, GPEN, is working towards the launch of a secure Internet-based platform that will allow GPEN members to alert other members about investigations and find out whether other members are investigating the same...

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Argentina adopts new regulations on CCTV and Do Not Call registry

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16/04/2015 by:

Argentina has enacted two new regulations: the first one is related to sanctions and the recently adopted national Do Not Call registry, and the second one is about CCTV. The new Sanctions Regulation (Disp. 9/2015) provides a new scale of fines (u...

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EU wants agreement on Safe Harbor by the summer

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17/04/2015 by:

According to Vera Jourova, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, the EU is seeking to resolve key issues on the US Safe Harbor agreement with the US by 28 May, the date of the EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meetin...

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Japan's legislature discusses new privacy law and EU adequacy

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24/04/2015 by:

Japan's Diet (Parliament) is expected to have intensive discussions in May about privacy law reform, including the proposal for an independent data protection authority.   In a plenary session in the House of Representatives on 23 April,  the...

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Privacy advocacy NGOs worried about compromises in new EU DP regime

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27/04/2015 by:

NGOs from the European Union and around the globe, including European Digital Rights (EDRi), Privacy International and US-based Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), have expressed concern over the proposed changes to the draft EU Data...

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Italy’s DPA launches consultation on Internet of Things

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05/05/2015 by:

The Garante, Italy’s Data Protection Authority, is inviting comments on the Internet of Things (IoT) in order to gain insights for defining rules and safeguards in this area, especially to ensure maximum transparency and to avoid abuse of people’s...

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Belgium’s DPA: Facebook subject to Belgian law

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19/05/2015 by:

Facebook is disregarding Belgian and European Data Protection legislation, Belgium’s Data Protection Authority says. The DPA has adopted a recommendation, as opposed to a decision, which says that this was a necessary step after months of...

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Italians concerned about privacy but willing to exchange data for commercial incentives

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20/05/2015 by:

Italians are well aware of their privacy rights, suggests an online survey conducted by Italy’s Direct Marketing Association, supported by Consodata (a Seat Pagine Gialle Company), a marketing and communications agency, and launched at a media eve...

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Australia regards metadata as personal data

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22/05/2015 by:

The Australian Privacy Commissioner has ruled that telco metadata on the phone calls a person receives and sends is 'personal information' and therefore access rights apply. The requester, a journalist, wanted access to all the metadata informatio...

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The Netherlands introduces mandatory data breach notification

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29/05/2015 by:

  The Netherlands First Chamber passed a Bill on Data Breach Notification on 26 May, law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek reports. It will be mandatory for all types of data controllers to notify  breaches of personal data. Failure to notify is...

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France’s DPA says audits are a higher priority

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05/06/2015 by:

France’s Data Protection Authority, the CNIL, said at the end of May that it intends to conduct 550 inspections in 2015. Of these, some 350 will be on-site or off-site inspections and the rest will be conducted online. The CNIL says that it will...

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Germany’s DPA criticises data retention bill

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11/06/2015 by:

Andrea Vosshoff, Germany’s Federal Data Protection Commissioner, says that the government bill, due to be debated in parliament tomorrow, 12 June, is a disproportionate interference in German, but also in European fundamental rights. Vosshoff...

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EU Council reaches agreement on EU DP Regulation

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15/06/2015 by:

Today, Justice Ministers in the Council reached a General Approach on the new data protection rules confirming the approach taken in the Commission's proposal back in 2012. Trilogue negotiations between the Council, the European Parliament and the...

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EU DPAs: New Regulation must not lower DP standards

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19/06/2015 by:

The EU Art. 29 DP Working Party says that the new regulatory framework should not undermine the core principles and rights established in the DP Directive. The DPAs consider that the proposal to enable controllers to process data for a purpose tha...

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Canada introduces mandatory breach notification

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22/06/2015 by:

The Digital Privacy Act, adopted on 18 June, introduces an explicit obligation to notify individuals in cases of breaches, and report to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada if it is "reasonable in the circumstances to believe that the...

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Trilogue on EU DP Regulation starts with optimistic notes

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24/06/2015 by:

Speaking after the first Trilogue meeting today, Jan Philipp Albrecht, Rapporteur for the European Parliament said that agreement between the Trilogue parties may be achieved by the end of the year, together with agreement on the so called EU Poli...

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Julie Brill, FTC Commissioner, at PL&B’s 28th Annual International Conference, Cambridge, on the FTC’s Privacy Leadership Role in the US

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14/07/2015 by:

Julie Brill, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, has now published her presentation (see link below) on the FTC’s Privacy Leadership Role in the US which she gave at on 7th July in Cambridge at PL&B’s 28th Annual International Conference,...

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UN appoints Special Rapporteur on Privacy

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22/07/2015 by:

The United Nations appointed on 1 July Joseph Cannataci as a Special Rapporteur on the Right of Privacy for the next three years. The rapporteur’s mandate includes to: identify possible obstacles to the protection of the right of privacy,  identif...

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European Data Protection Supervisor gives his Opinion on the EU DP Trilogue negotiations via a new app

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27/07/2015 by:

Today, Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor, followed up his announcement on 7th July at PL&B’s 28th Annual International Conference by launching an app which not only gives his Opinion on the Trilogue negotiations but also...

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New Director of Spain’s Data Protection Authority announces her strategy

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28/07/2015 by:

Following her appointment on 24 July, Mar España Martí, the new Director of Spain’s national Data Protection Authority (Agencia Española de Protección de Datos - AEPD), was introduced to the media on 27 July at the AEPD’s office in Madrid by Justi...

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HK Commissioner covers privacy in a democracy and management advice in his end of term statement

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03/08/2015 by:

Allan Chiang, Hong Kong’s Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, announced the end of his five year term of office today with a statement reviewing some highlights. He referred to tensions between privacy and freedom of the press. He has recently...

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New Hong Kong Commissioner starts today

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04/08/2015 by:

Stephen Kai-yi WONG has today started his five year term as the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong. He states: “I will work with all the stakeholders to protect personal data privacy rights, with a view to ensuring proper protection...

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CNIL shows France’s PSG Football Club a yellow card

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06/08/2015 by:

The CNIL, France’s DP Authority, has ordered Paris Saint-Germain Football Club (PSG Football), one of France’s leading soccer clubs, to properly manage its file for excluding spectators from the stadium. There is a legal framework for excluding...

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France adopts controversial surveillance Act

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11/08/2015 by:

As a result of the Charlie Hebdo shootings, France has adopted a law that enables its intelligence agencies to monitor phone calls and emails of suspected terrorists without prior authorisation from a judge. The Bill, which was approved by France'...

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Germany’s DPAs: Purpose limitation must not be weakened

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28/08/2015 by:

Germany’s Data Protection Commissioners declare that the principle of purpose limitation must not be weakened by the proposed EU Data Protection draft Regulation. The German DPAs issued a press release on 26 August in which they oppose the proposa...

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Russian data localisation law now in force but some leeway for non-Russian Internet companies

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02/09/2015 by:

Russia's data localisation law, which also applies to websites of foreign companies, entered into force on 1 September (PL&B International Report February 2015 p.6). But large Internet companies, Google, Twitter and Facebook, have lobbied the...

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Japan adopts amendment to its DP Act

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03/09/2015 by:

Japan’s Diet has today, 3 September, amended the Act on the Protection of Personal Information. The amended Act will establish a “Personal Information Protection Commission” as of 1 January 2016. The amendment was due to be passed in the summer bu...

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EU-US umbrella agreement on law enforcement finalised

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08/09/2015 by:

European Union negotiations with the US government for an international data protection framework agreement in the law enforcement area (so-called ‘Umbrella Agreement’) have been finalised. According to Reuters, the parties have reached agreement ...

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EDPS to set up a European Ethics Advisory Board

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11/09/2015 by:

European Data Protection Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, is today calling for broader discussion, both in the European Union and globally, on how to ensure the integrity of our values while embracing the benefits of new technologies. To ensure th...

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Safe Harbor is invalid as a guarantee of privacy, says AG of European Court of Justice

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24/09/2015 by:

The Court of Justice of the European Union’s Advocate General, Yves Bot, has issued an opinion on the EU-US Safe Harbor saying that it is invalid as an automatic assurance of privacy due to breaches of fundamental rights of privacy and data...

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CJEU will give its decision on Safe Harbor on 6 October

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29/09/2015 by:

It has been confirmed that the legal status of the US EU Safe Harbor Framework, in its current form, will be decided by the Court of Justice of the European Union next Tuesday, 6 October. A decision was not expected for several weeks, but the...

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CJEU: EU-US Safe Harbor framework is invalid

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06/10/2015 by:

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has in its decision today declared that transfers of personal data from the EU to the US cannot rely on the Safe Harbor framework agreement. The Court said that it is for the national Data Protecti...

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EU Council reaches common position on draft Data Protection Directive

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13/10/2015 by:

The EU Council has agreed its negotiating position on the draft Data Protection Directive for the law enforcement area. This in an important step as the Trilogue parties working on the EU Draft DP Regulation had agreed that the two instruments nee...

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DPAs ready to take enforcement action if no solution found to US transfers by end of January 2016

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19/10/2015 by:

On 6 October, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) declared the Safe Harbor Decision of the European Commission invalid. www.privacylaws.com/Publications/enews/International-E-news/Dates/2015/10/CJEU-EU-US-Safe-Harbour-framework-is-in...

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US on its way to adopt Judicial Redress Act and hopefully facilitate transfers from the EU

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21/10/2015 by:

The US House of Representatives agreed yesterday to move forward the Judicial Redress Bill, which would ensure some foreigners the right to pursue their privacy rights in US courts. There was overwhelming bipartisan support for the Bill which will...

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No easy way forward for EU-US transfers of personal data

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28/10/2015 by:

The EU DPAs, and the EU Commission are frantically searching for solutions to the problem of the European Court of Justice declaring the US-EU Safe Harbor to be invalid. While the EU and the US are still negotiating a new framework, there are...

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DPA conference debates transatlantic privacy solutions but fails to find any so far

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29/10/2015 by:

The Data Protection Authorities' 37th International Privacy Conference, hosted by the Netherlands DPA, has held discussions on practical solutions to privacy challenges between the EU and the US. Opening the conference, Chairman of the Netherlands...

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EU Commissioner Vĕra Jourová says protection of personal data more than a “European” fundamental right

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30/10/2015 by:

EU Commissioner, Vĕra Jourová, yesterday told the 37th International Privacy Conference in Amsterdam that the ECJ’s decision in the Schrems case “reaffirms once more that personal data protection is a fundamental right and that it applies also whe...

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Belgian court orders Facebook to stop collecting personal data from non-Facebook users

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10/11/2015 by:

The Brussels tribunal of first instance yesterday issued an injunction against Facebook to stop it collecting personal data from non-Facebook users in Belgium. The injunction, initiated by Willem Debeuckelaere, President, Belgium’s Commission for...

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Facebook receives Europe’s highest ever DP fine

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13/11/2015 by:

Following PL&B’s e-news on the Belgian Facebook case on 11th November, it is now clear that the fine of 250,000 Euros is per day. The Belgian DPA’s website states: “The Court imposes a penalty upon Facebook amounting to 250,000 EUR per day that it...

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Safe Harbor solution by January 2016, Jourová says

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17/11/2015 by:

Speaking in Washington yesterday, EU Commissioner responsible for data protection, Věra Jourová, said that she is confident a solution for EU-US data transfers will be found by January 2016 because: 1. “we have clear guidelines from Europe's highe...

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Facebook to comply with Belgium’s ruling on cookies

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03/12/2015 by:

Facebook says it has changed its practice for non-Facebook users accessing Facebook so that it will comply with the Belgian Tribunal of First Instance decision of 9 November. This means that anyone without a Facebook account in Belgium will now ha...

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EU Cyber Security Directive brings in data breach notification for many sectors

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09/12/2015 by:

The EU Trilogue on the Network and Information Security Directive, the so-called Cyber Security Directive, was completed on 7 December.  A data breach notification duty will apply to providers of key infrastructure, such as energy, transport, and...

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EU DP Regulation Trilogue agreement by the end of the year still possible

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10/12/2015 by:

Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, said at Forum Europe’s 6th Annual DP and Privacy Conference in Brussels today that the EU Data Protection Regulation is in its “final stages….The European Commission will support its implementation…...

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Political agreement reached on the EU DP Regulation and Directive

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16/12/2015 by:

Yesterday, the EU Council, European Parliament and European Commission negotiators agreed the data protection package – the general DP Regulation and the so-called ‘Police’ Directive. The next step is a confirmation vote at the European Parliament...

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European Parliament LIBE committee approves DP package

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17/12/2015 by:

The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs [LIBE] Committee approved the data protection package this morning. The next step will be a vote in full Parliament in the new year. The Council has to organise a vote too, but th...

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Russia: Right to be Forgotten law in force from 1 January

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30/12/2015 by:

Russia’s “Right to be Forgotten Law”, signed by President Putin on 13 July 2015, will enter into force on 1 January 2016. The Law imposes an obligation on search engines that disseminate advertisements targeted at consumers located in Russia to...

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