News stories posted during February 2012

Christopher Graham elected as Vice Chair of the EU Article 29 DP Working Party

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08/02/2012 by:

The EU’s Data Protection Working Party, at its meeting of 1-2 February, elected the UK Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, as its Vice Chair. The other Vice Chair is Igor Nemec, President of the of the Czech Republic's Office for Persona...

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UK Government seeks views on EU DP proposals

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08/02/2012 by:

The United Kingdom Ministry of Justice launched, on 7 February, an evidence gathering exercise on the EU Commission’s proposals for a Data Protection Regulation and Directive. The government is keen to hear practical, day-to-day examples of the...

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Study published on role of DPOs in 14 EU countries

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08/02/2012 by:

The Confederation of European Data Protection Organisations (CEDPO), established in September 2011, welcomes the introduction of Data Protection Officers (DPOs) for EU Member States, as proposed by the European Commission’s draft Data Protection...

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Malaysian DP Act to enter into force in June

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16/02/2012 by:

Malaysia’s Information, Communications and Culture Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, announced on 9 February that the Personal Data Act 2010 will be enforced from June 2012. According to Malaysia’s national news agency, Bernama, the minister mad...

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EPIC: FTC has to stop Google’s privacy policy change

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17/02/2012 by:

EPIC, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, based in the US, has sued the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in an attempt to compel the FTC to act prior to 1 March, when Google plans to make changes to its terms of service so that individuals...

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Spain: Supreme Court declares part of secondary legislation void

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20/02/2012 by:

Spain's Supreme Court, which had submitted a question for a preliminary ruling to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on the criteria for the processing of personal data without consent, has now declared void Article 10.2.b of the Spain's data...

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Justice Committee begins post-legislative scrutiny of the FOIA

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21/02/2012 by:

The House of Commons Justice Committee’s first hearing on the post-legislative scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 took place on 21 February. Maurice Frankel, Director for Campaign for Freedom of Information, told the Committee that in...

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Survey measures attitudes towards EU DP proposals

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22/02/2012 by:

Law firm Allen & Overy's London office has launched a survey to gather stakeholders’ views on the EU proposals for a Data Protection Regulation. The survey includes 22 multiple choice questions ranging from explicit consent, right to be forgotten...

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US publishes Consumer Bill of Rights promoting voluntary codes

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24/02/2012 by:

The Obama administration has issued a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights with the aim of extending privacy protection to commercial sectors that are not subject to existing Federal data privacy laws. The Bill is based on Fair Information Practice...

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ICO seeks views on its 3-year plan

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27/02/2012 by:

The Information Commissioner's Office is currently consulting on the practical steps it intends to take in order to achieve its strategic outcomes. Projects for 2012-2015 include: 1. implementing online registration and payment by September 2012,...

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Google’s new privacy policy criticised by national DPAs in the EU

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28/02/2012 by:

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, President of France's Data Protection Authority, the CNIL, on behalf of the EU's Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, says that Google’s new privacy policy does not meet the requirements of the EU Data Protection...

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UK ICO analysis on proposed EU DP Regulation: Too much red tape for companies

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29/02/2012 by:

The United Kingdom's Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) thinks that the proposals for an EU Data Protection Regulation are too prescriptive and may lead to data protection being regarded simply as a form-filling exercise. While the ICO welcom...

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