News stories posted during October 2015

ICO fines energy company £200,000

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05/10/2015 by:

A green energy company, Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd (HELM), has been fined £200,000 for a breach of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR). The company had made over six million calls as part of a massive automated...

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CJEU: EU-US Safe Harbor framework is invalid

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06/10/2015 by:

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has in its decision today declared that transfers of personal data from the EU to the US cannot rely on the Safe Harbor framework agreement. The Court said that it is for the national Data Protecti...

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ICO to meet new minister and address the ECJ’s Safe Harbor decision

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08/10/2015 by:

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham will next Monday, 12 October, meet Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe, who represents the ICO’s new sponsoring Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). Neville-Rolfe is also a Minister in the Departme...

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EU Council reaches common position on draft Data Protection Directive

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13/10/2015 by:

The EU Council has agreed its negotiating position on the draft Data Protection Directive for the law enforcement area. This in an important step as the Trilogue parties working on the EU Draft DP Regulation had agreed that the two instruments nee...

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DPAs ready to take enforcement action if no solution found to US transfers by end of January 2016

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19/10/2015 by:

On 6 October, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) declared the Safe Harbor Decision of the European Commission invalid. www.privacylaws.com/Publications/enews/International-E-news/Dates/2015/10/CJEU-EU-US-Safe-Harbour-framework-is-in...

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US on its way to adopt Judicial Redress Act and hopefully facilitate transfers from the EU

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21/10/2015 by:

The US House of Representatives agreed yesterday to move forward the Judicial Redress Bill, which would ensure some foreigners the right to pursue their privacy rights in US courts. There was overwhelming bipartisan support for the Bill which will...

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No easy way forward for EU-US transfers of personal data

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28/10/2015 by:

The EU DPAs, and the EU Commission are frantically searching for solutions to the problem of the European Court of Justice declaring the US-EU Safe Harbor to be invalid. While the EU and the US are still negotiating a new framework, there are...

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DPA conference debates transatlantic privacy solutions but fails to find any so far

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29/10/2015 by:

The Data Protection Authorities' 37th International Privacy Conference, hosted by the Netherlands DPA, has held discussions on practical solutions to privacy challenges between the EU and the US. Opening the conference, Chairman of the Netherlands...

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EU Commissioner Vĕra Jourová says protection of personal data more than a “European” fundamental right

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30/10/2015 by:

EU Commissioner, Vĕra Jourová, yesterday told the 37th International Privacy Conference in Amsterdam that the ECJ’s decision in the Schrems case “reaffirms once more that personal data protection is a fundamental right and that it applies also whe...

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