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Big Data Series: Part 1: Privacy - “Big Data is not a game played by different rules”

Big data is now big business. In recent years, due to the exponential growth in the capability of technology to undertake data analytics on a massive scale, organisations have started to appreciate the potential hidden value...more

11/17/2014 - Analytics Big Data FCRA FTC ICO Mauritius Popular Privacy Laws UK

Privacy in the Cloud: A Legal Framework for Moving Personal Data to the Cloud

For many companies, the main question about cloud computing is no longer whether to move their data to the “cloud,” but how they can accomplish this transition. Cloud (or Internet-based on-demand) computing involves a shift...more

10/30/2014 - Amazon Cloud Computing Corporate Counsel Data Protection Data-Sharing EEA Google Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act HIPAA Infrastructure Networks Popular Salesforce Technology Third-Party Service Provider

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 4 - July 2014

In This Issue: - European Court of Justice Strengthens the Right to Be Forgotten - California AG Offers Best Practices for Do Not Track Disclosures; Crucial Compliance Questions Left Unanswered - Snap...more

7/11/2014 - Data Protection Do Not Track ECJ EU FTC Internet Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Policy Right to Be Forgotten SnapChat Social Media

French Consumer Association Takes on Internet Giants

Earlier this year, the French consumer association UFC-Que Choisir initiated proceedings before the Paris District Court against Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc., accusing these companies of using confusing and...more

5/21/2014 - Data Collection Data-Sharing Facebook France Google Privacy Policy Terms of Use Twitter

European Court of Justice Strengthens Right to Be Forgotten

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued a quite surprising decision against Google which has significant implications for global companies....more

5/15/2014 - Data Protection ECJ EU Google Internet Privacy Laws Right to Be Forgotten Right to Privacy Search Engines

German Court Rules Against Facebook’s “Friend Finder”

On January 24, 2014, in a case filed against Facebook by German consumer protection association VZBV, the Berlin Court of Appeal (“Court”) upheld a lower court ruling that Facebook’s “Friend Finder” function is unlawful. The...more

3/3/2014 - EU Facebook Facebook Friends

German Court Finds 25 Provisions in Google’s Online Terms of Use and Privacy Policy to Be Unenforceable

In November 2013, the Berlin District Court ruled that all of the 25 provisions in Google’s online terms of use and privacy policy that had been challenged by the German Federation of Consumer Associations (VZBV) are...more

12/20/2013 - EU EU Data Protection Laws Google Privacy Policy Terms of Use Void and Unenforceable

The Draft EU General Data Protection Regulation: Where We Are Now and Where We Are Going

On October 25, 2013, the European Council concluded that the new Data Protection Framework should be adopted in a timely manner in order to strengthen consumer and business trust in Europe’s digital economy. The Council did,...more

11/14/2013 - Cybersecurity Data Collection Data Processors Data Protection EU EU Data Protection Laws Internet LIBE NSA Personally Identifiable Information Sanctions

Employees' use of social media - navigating the potential pitfalls

The use of social media is endemic. According to Facebook’s own statistics, the social networking giant has an average of 699 million active daily users, 1.15 billion monthly active users, and 819 million monthly active users...more

11/7/2013 - EU Facebook Social Media Social Media Policy

What to Do When the Privacy Regulator Comes Knocking on Your Door? A Short Guide to Handling Inspections and Data Protection...

Inspections and data protection audits from regulators are on the rise across Europe, and this trend is likely to continue. The latest figures for 2012 show that the French data protection authority (Commission Nationale de...more

9/19/2013 - Audits Data Protection Employer Liability Issues EU Inspections Privacy Policy

Croatia set to join the European Union: What this means for data protection compliance

On July 1, 2013, the Republic of Croatia will become the twenty-eighth Member State of the European Union (EU). Croatia’s accession is the result of ten years of rigorous efforts, which started with its application for...more

6/27/2013 - Data Protection EU EU Data Protection Laws

German Court Holds Google Responsible for Its Search Suggestions

On May 15, 2013, in a case filed against Google by an entrepreneur selling dietary supplements and cosmetics (the “Plaintiff”), the German Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe (Bundesgerichtshof, the “Federal Court”) ruled...more

6/18/2013 - Defamation EU Google Keyword Search

European Privacy Regulator Issues Important Opinion on the Use of Apps

On February 27, 2013, the European Article 29 Working Party (a group comprising representatives from all of the data protection authorities of the EU Member States, referred to in this articles as “WP29”) issued an Opinion on...more

4/16/2013 - Consent Data Protection EU Mobile Apps Notice Requirements Privacy Laws

German Court Says Facebook Not Subject to German Law

Facebook may be gaining ground in its struggle against German authorities. In a preliminary ruling, the state of Schleswig-Holstein’s Administrative Court has rejected penalties against Facebook Inc. and Facebook Ireland,...more

3/12/2013 - Data Protection Facebook Social Media

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