Monday, September 28, 2015

Dark clouds over Safe Harbor

I wrote about a year ago about an Ireland’s data protection case, in which an Austrian data protection activist Max Schrems challenged the Irish Data Protection Authority (DPA) to review how Facebook Ireland handles his personal data, in particular the transfer of personal data to the US.

The Irish DPA claimed that as Facebook is Safe Harbor certified, the DPA is bound by the European Commission (Commission) decision on Safe Harbor. During the proceedings, the judge has asked the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) if national DPAs may conduct an independent evaluation of a third country’s level of data protection although the Commission has evaluated this third country as adequate. A few days ago, the Advocate General published his Opinion on the Case C-326/14.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Privacy and Big Data in the Cloud

Any company involved in personal data processing by means of cloud computing services should be evaluating their data processing activities in order to single out any potential data protection risks.

This white paper addresses three data protection requirements that could service providers should be focusing on: the controller/processors classification of the parties involved, data security, and notifications of data breaches. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Big Data transfers in the absence of Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor is a data transfer mechanism for United States companies to ease the transfer of personal data between the EU and the US.

At the moment the future of Safe Harbor is anything but certain. It s currently being reviewed by the Court of Justice of the European Union; the mechanism is being politically challenged and is undergoing a process of re-negotiation, with EU Regulators wishing to make it more secure.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cookie Rules in the EU

Cookie rules are defined in the e-Privacy Directive 2002/58/EC, as amended by the 2009 Citizens’ Rights Directive, in Article 5 that regulates confidentiality of communications. Electronic communication service providers should not listen, tap, store or carry out any other form of surveillance without obtaining users’ prior informed consent.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Technology and regulation update, 3rd edition

In this month's technology and regulation update read all about what a single European digital market should comprise of, get the details of the new USA net neutrality rules and Facebook tracking practices via social plug-ins, check out the 2015-2019 European Data Protection strategy, and delve into an in-depth analysis of EU cookie legislation.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Privacy and drones

Civilian use of drones has been increasing greatly in recent years. Now, the use is spreading from pure personal use of hobbyists into the world of customer service and security.

From the legal perspective, there is not much data protection guidance on the use of drones on the EU level yet. When it comes to data protection issue of drones, an analogy with the use of CCTV cameras is often made.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Broadband and Privacy: 2nd monthly technology and regulation update

In the broadband and privacy reviews for February 2015 read about the historic American vote for Net Neutrality, privacy and drones in customer service, and why Ofcom is right to address BT sport content rights.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

EU Data Protection Regulation: three years after

In January 2015, three years have passed since the European Commission (EC) proposed a new set of data protection rules and gathered them in a proposal for a General Data Protection Regulation. Attempting to predict the exact final wording of the new Regulation or the time of its adoption would most likely amount to speculation.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Broadband and Privacy: monthly technology and regulation update

Introducing monthly reviews of regulatory and technological developments in NGA, OTT and IPTV competition, investment and 'net neutrality' policies, as well as personal data protection in the world of Big Data, IoT and the Cloud. 

In the broadband and privacy reviews of January 2015 read about the top EU privacy body's take on device fingerprinting and an insight into open NGA policies in connection with net neutrality and OTT.