News stories posted during 2017

Argentina amends its DP Act to facilitate international transfers

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05/01/2017 by:

Argentina has adopted a new regulation on international transfers of personal data which allows companies to use model contract clauses.   Pablo Palazzi, partner at the law firm Allende & Brea in Buenos Aires, Argentina, says that under the new...

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EU to start adequacy talks with Japan and Korea

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11/01/2017 by:

The EU Commission sets the strategic framework for "adequacy decisions" as well as other tools for data transfers and international data protection instruments in its Communication published yesterday, 10 January. The Commission says that it will...

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US and Switzerland sign Privacy Shield agreement

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13/01/2017 by:

The United States and Switzerland, on 12 January 2017, agreed the Swiss-US Privacy Shield Framework as a valid legal mechanism to comply with Swiss requirements when transferring personal data from Switzerland to the United States. The Swiss-US...

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MEPs call for more guidance on GDPR

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25/01/2017 by:

Speaking at the CPDP conference in Brussels today, Axel Voss, MEP and member of the European Parliament's LIBE committee said that there is an urgent need for more interpretations on the GDPR. He said that the DPAs should clarify concepts very...

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EU-US Privacy Shield threatened by Trump executive order

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27/01/2017 by:

President Trump's Executive Order from yesterday would take away privacy protection from non-US citizens in the US, and thus put the EU-US Privacy Shield in danger. Jan Philip Albrecht, MEP, tweeted yesterday at the CPDP conference on hearing the...

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Australia adopts law on mandatory data breach notification

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14/02/2017 by:

The Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016 passed both Houses of Parliament on 13 February. Unless the Government fixes a date for commencement by Proclamation, the law will enter into force 12 months from the date the Bill receive...

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EU DPAs ask US further questions on the Privacy Shield

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22/02/2017 by:

The dust has somewhat settled on President Donald Trump’s Executive Order threatening the privacy rights of non-US citizens, but the EU DPAs remain vigilant regarding the implementation of the EU-US Privacy Shield. The DPAs decided, in their 7...

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US privacy organisations call for annulment of the EU-US Privacy Shield

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02/03/2017 by:

Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have written to EU Commissioner for Justice, Véra  Jourová, saying that given the recent changes to US policies and oversight structures, they believe that the assurances that the...

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Italy issues highest ever fines in EU for a DP breach

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13/03/2017 by:

Italy’s Data Protection Authority, the Garante, on 10 March fined five companies in excess of 11 million euros for the unlawful processing of personal data. The data breach was discovered in the context of a broader financial police (Guardia di...

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Data Protection by Design Award entry date extended to 30 March

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14/03/2017 by:

The Catalan Data Protection Authority (DPA) has extended the entry date to 30th March for the 5th edition of its Data Protection by Design Award with 5,000 and 2,000 euros money prizes and marketing opportunities. Àngels Barbarà i Fondevila, Catal...

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EU-US Privacy Shield review now promised for September

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05/04/2017 by:

During her visit to the US last week to discuss the EU-US Privacy Shield with the new US administration, EU Commissioner for Justice, Věra Jourová, said that a review of the progress with the programme will take place in September this year. She...

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EU DPAs welcome expanding the scope of e-Privacy

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10/04/2017 by:

The EU Data Protection Authorities welcome the expansion of the scope of the current e-Privacy Directive to include Over-The-Top (OTT) providers such as WhatsApp. The regulators also say that the EU Commission’s plan to introduce the new rules as ...

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EU DPAs consult on Data Protection Impact Assessments

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19/04/2017 by:

The EU Article 29 Working Party is inviting comments on its proposed guidelines on Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs). DPIAs are mandatory under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when processing is “likely to result in a hig...

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Germany on its way to adopting a GDPR implementation Act

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28/04/2017 by:

The German Bundestag yesterday adopted the Bill on the adjustment of the Federal Data Protection Act (DSAnpUG-EU) to implement the provisions of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Now it is up to the Federal Council to approve the law, whi...

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EDPS addresses DPOs in Italy

08/05/2017 by:

Speaking at the ASSO DPO conference in Milan today, Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor said that  everyone needs to do their homework on the EU General Data Protection Regulation - DPOs, national legislators and Data Protecti...

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Facebook fined €150,000 by France’s DPA and WhatsApp €3 million by Italy’s antitrust body

16/05/2017 by:

France’s Data Protection Authority, the CNIL, has today issued a fine of 150,000 euros on Facebook Inc and Facebook Ireland in an enforcement programme coordinated with four other Data Protection Authorities. The regulator says the company is in...

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May 2018 deadline for EU e-Privacy Regulation may be unrealistic

19/05/2017 by:

The EU Council’s Maltese Presidency’s progress report on the EU Commission’s proposal for an e-Privacy Regulation reveals that while Member States are still preparing their national positions, some delegations are already asking for greater...

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EU Commission seeks views on EU-US Privacy Shield compliance

07/06/2017 by:

To help it conduct the first annual review of the EU-US Privacy Shield, the EU Commission has issued a questionnaire to trade bodies and some other organisations in order to seek feedback on compliance issues. The annual review, to take place in...

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Microsoft makes changes to its DP compliance as a result of regulatory action in France

29/06/2017 by:

Microsoft has made changes to how it processes personal data as a direct response to a formal notice in July 2016 by France’s Data Protection Authority, the CNIL. At the time, the regulator said that the company had excessive data collection...

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Companies’ GDPR readiness not at the level where it should be

03/07/2017 by:

A survey, conducted by Privacy Laws & Business, reveals that less than a half of the respondents have created a breach notification procedure even though breach notification to regulators will be mandatory from next May under the EU Data Protectio...

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PL&B conference gathers together privacy experts from 20+ countries

05/07/2017 by:

Privacy Laws & Business 30th Annual International Conference in Cambridge gathered together the main stakeholders in the data protection field for a three-day event 3-5 July. Speaking yesterday was the UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham,...

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Japan may soon receive an EU adequacy decision

10/07/2017 by:

The EU Commission hopes to issue Japan with an adequacy decision on international data transfers by early 2018. A joint statement of 4 July by Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, and Haruhi Kumazawa, a Commissioner of Japan’s Personal...

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EU LIBE committee still critical about EU-US Privacy Shield

25/07/2017 by:

“Deficiencies still remain and must be urgently resolved to ensure that the Privacy Shield does not suffer from critical weaknesses”, says Claude Moraes, Chair, the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE),...

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64 member GPEN intensifies work on international enforcement

01/08/2017 by:

The Data Protection Authorities’ Global Privacy Enforcement Network, GPEN, has increased its information exchange by way of conference calls. The network, which at the end of 2016 consisted of 64 privacy enforcement authorities in 47 jurisdictions...

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European Court of Human Rights limits employers’ right to monitor employee emails

06/09/2017 by:

A decision by the European Court of Human Rights of 5 September states that monitoring of an employee’s electronic communications amounted to a breach of his right to private life and correspondence (Article 8 of the European Convention on Human...

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First enforcement actions against non-compliant Privacy Shield participants

11/09/2017 by:

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on 8 September that three US companies have agreed to settle FTC charges on misleading consumers about participation in the EU-US Privacy Shield. The companies in question, human resources software...

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