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China to Implement New Personal Data Protection Rules

Effective March 15, 2015, China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) will implement the new Measures for Penalties for Infringing upon the Rights and Interests of Consumers (Measures). The Measures clarify...more

Article 29 Working Party issues its Cookie Sweep Combined Analysis - Report

On 3 February, the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party published its ‘Cookie Sweep Combined Analysis – Report’. The sweep was undertaken by the WP29 in partnership with eight of the European data protection regulators,...more

Current UK Thinking on Cybersecurity

2014 contained a series of high profile data breaches, including the recent Sony breach in relation to the Hollywood film release of The Interview. It is expected that globally 2015 will focus further on fighting privacy and...more

Brazil Bill Implements New Provisions for International Data Transfers

The Bill’s provisions on international data transfers are most relevant to foreign companies that do business in Brazil. The Brazilian government has issued a Bill for the Protection of Personal Data (Bill) for public...more

German Data Protection Commissioners Take Action Against Safe Harbor

At the Data Protection Conference in Berlin, the Berlin and Hamburg Data Protection Commissioners (Commissioners) made a number of important announcements regarding the ‘inadequacy’ of the EU/U.S. Safe Harbor Program. ...more

Ofcom Publishes Plan To Support the Internet of Things

In January, Ofcom, the UK telecommunications regulator, published its Statement on ‘Promoting investment and innovation in the Internet of Things’ (Statement). The Statement acknowledges that the Internet of Things (IoT) has...more

EUROPE: European cookie sweep results published: average of 34.6 cookies per website.

Article 29 Working Party, the European data protection advisory body, has published its report on the ‘cookie sweep’ that was carried out in September last year in partnership with data protection authorities and other...more

Belgium getting tough on Facebook?

Today a delegation of Facebook is meeting with the Belgian ‘Secretary of State’ responsible for Privacy, Bart Tommelein. The subject of conversation are Facebook’s new terms of service and data policy, which are claimed to be...more

New rules for call centers located outside EU – The Italian and Albanian cooperation

Today, the Italian and the Albanian Data Protection Authorities issued a press release announcing their cooperation on privacy protections when personal data are processed by call centers located in Albania. ...more

Connected cars are privacy and security threats?

The recent report from the US Senator Ed Markey raises issues on the future of connected cars because of the privacy issues and the potential cybercrimes that might affect the security of vehicles.  ...more

Retailers Need To Prepare For The New EU Data Protection Regulation

By now, everyone has heard of the draft EU Data Protection Regulation that is expected to replace the current Data Protection Directive, which dates from 1995. The key innovative provisions in the Regulation will...more

Internet of Things – When your yogurt pots start talking to you. Towards an EU Approach?

“When your yogurt pots start talking to you“. Do you remember? This was the start of a call for action from the European Commission on Internet of Things back in 2009....more

Any Progress? The Draft Data Protection Regulation Celebrates its Third Anniversary

On the third anniversary of the EU Commission’s proposed new data protection regime, the UK ICO has published its thoughts on where the new regime stands. The message is mixed: progress in some areas but nothing definitive,...more

Undercover of the Night – Hacking, Data Breaches And The Terrorism Exclusion

In recent years, there have been several notable large data breaches that have caught the attention of the media. Home Depot and Target are examples of major corporations that have been hacked. ...more

Canada’s Proposed Secure Air Travel Act

This is the second in a series of posts on Bill C-51, known as Canada’s Anti-terrorism Act, 2015. In my last post, I examined Part 1 of the Act, which would, if passed, enact the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act....more

European Data Protection Supervisor equals data protection rules to competition rules.

Mr Giovanni Buttarelli, the newly appointed European Data Protection Supervisor (“EDPS”), spoke earlier this week at a seminar in Brussels on antitrust, privacy and big data. After having explored the conceptual...more

UK Government Issues Additional Cyber Security Guidance

The UK Government has issued additional guidance for organisations to help them protect themselves against a cyber attack. The new guidance supplements the previous guidance by setting out what common cyber attacks look like...more

Who’s your role model for EU privacy notices? The latest Google Undertaking

When small and mid-size companies start expanding their apps or web presence into Europe, they need to start thinking about EU data protection laws. It’s tempting to take a look at what one or two of the “big guys” do about...more

Delicate balance between right to be forgotten and information access

The right of oblivion (le droit a l’oubli) has a distinctly French air, perhaps more reminiscent of existentialist philosophy than of legal codes. That right, though, is enshrined in French law, providing convicted criminals...more

National Security: Removing Barriers to Intra-Governmental Sharing of Information

The House of Commons in Canada is back in session. The federal Conservative Government wasted no time in introducing sweeping anti-terrorism bill (Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015). I canvassed the legislative and...more

“Toubon Law” 20 Years On: The Cyber Economy and France’s Law on the Mandatory Use of the French Language

In 1994, France implemented a law, known as the “Toubon Law” after France’s then-minister of Culture, Jacques Toubon, to preserve the French language, protect French consumers and promote French culture. At the time, the...more

(Un)Safe Harbor and Cloud Services in Germany Under Scrutiny

On Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2015, Berlin Data Protection Commissioner Dr. Alexander Dix, speaking at the European Data Protection Conference in Berlin, made a number of important announcements regarding the EU/U.S. Safe Harbor...more

International Data Privacy Day: Our Top 10 Data Privacy Tips

It’s International Data Privacy Day! Every year on January 28, the United States, Canada and 27 countries of the European Union celebrate Data Privacy Day. This day is designed to raise awareness of and generate discussion...more

EU Data Protection – Proposal on Co-Operation Procedure to Harmonize Common Opinions on Contractual Clauses

On November 26st, 2014, the EU Article 29 Working Party (the "Working Party") issued a "Working Document Setting Forth a Co-Operation Procedure for Issuing Common Opinions on ‘Contractual Clauses’ Considered as compliant with...more

European Banking Authority Releases Internet Payment Guidelines

The European Banking Authority (EBA) released ‘Final guidelines on the security of internet payments’ (Guidelines). These Guidelines are based on the work published by the European Forum on the Security of Retail Payments...more

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