Sunday, November 9, 2014

Internet of Things addressed by key EU data protection body

Today we can as individuals already communicate with different objects and devices using established online connections. Internet of Things (IoT) takes it a step further and tries to define programmed relations and communication among devices and objects themselves. Such connections, enabled by the use of a number of sensors, can bring many benefits to the society and to the individual, but at the same time raise privacy and data protection concerns.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Data protection and privacy in the world of Big Data, an EU perspective

Big Data is not simply data that is big.

Whereas traditional databases could consist of thousands or even millions of rows (e.g. the population of a certain city or country), they would have a limited and fixed number of columns i.e. categories of data (e.g. date of birth, home address, gender). In the world of Big Data, however, we can operate with a potentially unlimited and highly dynamic number of columns.

From the EU data protection mechanism perspective, this immediately triggers several questions, among them the scope of data processing and the purpose such processing.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

(Un) Safe Harbor under Court of Justice of the European Union scrutiny

On 18 June 2014 an Irish High Court Judge referred a question to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and asked for a ruling that would take into consideration the Commission adequacy decision on data transfers to the USA (Safe Harbor). 

In particular, the CJEU was asked to determinate whether a national data protection authority has to blindly follow the Commission’s Decision (Safe Harbor). If this is not the case, is such authority able to carry out its own review of a third country’s level of data protection.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Riley v California: Cell phones cannot be searched without a warrant says US Supreme Court

In the recent decision of Riley v California, the US Supreme Court has unanimously voted in favor of the protection of digital information that can be obtained from an arrested individual’s cell phone. The decision raised concerns whether digital content stored on a cell phone should enjoy privacy protection.