News stories posted during August 2013

Sony agrees to pay ICO fine

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02/08/2013 by:

Sony has dropped the appeal against an ICO decision for a fine over the company’s 2011 data breach which involved an attack against Sony's PlayStation Network and compromised personal  data of millions of users. The data included names, addresses,...

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ICO launches consultation on its PIA code

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08/08/2013 by:

The Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) Code of Practice is intended to replace the ICO's current Privacy Impact Assessment PIA) Handbook. The ICO says it wishes to produce a practical guide to help organisations conduct assessments of new projects th...

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Cloud threatened: German DPAs stop granting permission for data transfers to non-EU countries

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08/08/2013 by:

In a dramatic move to highlight the excessive surveillance by foreign intelligence services, Germany’s Data Protection Authorities have declared that until their Federal Government provides a plausible explanation on how to limit this access, new...

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Supreme Court orders Scottish council pay data to be released

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09/08/2013 by:

A Supreme Court judgement of 29 July relating to information about South Lanarkshire Council's staff pay structure deals with the relationship between the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Data Protection Act. The court ruled that the...

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Dataset provisions enter into force 1 September

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20/08/2013 by:

The ICO has published guidance on the provisions regarding datasets that are added to the Freedom of Information  Act (FOIA) by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 from 1 September. The guidance explains to public authorities what their new duties...

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South Africa passes Data Protection Bill

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28/08/2013 by:

South Africa’s Parliament approved the Protection of Personal Information Bill on 22 August. The Parliament issued the following statement:  ‘The Bill gives expression to the right to privacy provided for in the Constitution. The right to privacy...

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DP Commissioners to discuss assessment of risk at their September international conference

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29/08/2013 by:

The 35th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, hosted by Poland, 23-26 September, will discuss, among other things, assessment of risk related to data processing. Dr. Wojciech R. Wiewiórowski, Poland’s Data...

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Publishing pivot tables online leads to disclosing personal data…and a fine from the ICO

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30/08/2013 by:

Responding to a FOI request often requires making sure no personal data in included. But when releasing information contained in pivot tables [a data summarisation tool - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pivot_table ], extra care is needed. The ICO ha...

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