News stories posted during March 2014

Enforced subject access to be made illegal

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04/03/2014 by:

Simon Hughes, Minister of State for Justice and Civil Liberties, and a Liberal Democrat MP, said that the government will this year put an end to the practice of enforced subject access. The government will commence reforms to the Rehabilitation o...

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EU Justice Ministers remain broadly committed to extending the DP Regulation’s territorial scope

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06/03/2014 by:

At the EU’s Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting on 3 and 4 March, the Justice Minsters had a debate on the proposed EU Data Protection Regulation. They broadly supported the draft provisions regarding the territorial scope of the Regulation,...

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EU DPAs and APEC take a step towards mutual recognition of BCR/CBPR

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10/03/2014 by:

 The EU Data Protection Authorities and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies have issued a checklist on the requirements that companies need to consider when applying for authorization of Binding corporate Rules (BCR) and/or...

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Court of Appeal rulings strengthens FOI Act and government veto will now exclude environmental information

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12/03/2014 by:

The Court of Appeal has today overturned the government’s veto of an Upper Tribunal decision ordering the release of Prince Charles’ correspondence with ministers.  The Guardian newspaper had applied for the correspondence under the Freedom of...

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Trading standards body’s £36,000 fine strengthens ICO’s enforcement of TPS laws

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24/03/2014 by:

A local trading standards body in Dorset has fined a company for breaching Telephone Preference Service (TPS) legislation. The ICO has in the past prosecuted companies for non-compliance with data protection rules in connection with TPS but this i...

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EU-US ‘data protection umbrella agreement’ for judicial matters under preparation

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27/03/2014 by:

Following the EU-US summit, President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, said in a statement on 26 March:  ‘On the governmental track, we'll have an umbrella agreement on data protection by this summer, based on equal treatment of EU and ...

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The CNIL, France’s DPA, gains new online inspection powers

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31/03/2014 by:

Law No. 2014-344 of 17 March 2014 amends France’s Data Protection Act giving the Data Protection Authority, the CNIL, the right to perform online checks. The new power allows the CNIL to remotely detect and react to data breaches on the Internet....

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Government consults on EU's competence in the field of information rights

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31/03/2014 by:

A government consultation seeks views on the balance of competences between the UK and the European Union on the protection of personal data, and access by individuals to public information. The Review will provide a comprehensive analysis of how...

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