News stories posted during December 2013

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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ICO consults on future plans

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10/12/2013 by:

The ICO has issued a document outlining its future priorities and is asking stakeholders’ views. The ICO says that the main challenges will be a greater workload created by the fact that information rights are growing in importance, funding cuts,...

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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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