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(May 28, 2015) Greetings from Brussels! Recent media coverage suggests that the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) is increasingly visible on a number of privacy issues of late. As an independent supervisory authority, its core mission is protecting personal data and privacy as well as promoting good practice within EU institutions and bodies. In short, the EDPS is playing a key role in advising on the content and outcome of the revised GDPR regulation. In terms of its communications policy, the EDP... Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

Ansip Talks Digital Single Market, Safe Harbor

(May 28, 2015) As concerns about the future of Safe Harbor and the economic relationship between the EU and U.S. continue, European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip spoke of international cooperation and a “longstanding history of trust” between the two regions. On Thursday, in his first official visit to the U.S. as the Commission’s vice president, Ansip took part in a discussion at the Brookings Institution on the Digital Single Market, the future of the Safe Harbor agreement and issues raised by the burgeoning sharing economy with the Brookings Institution’s Cameron Kerry. In this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor, Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, reports on Ansip’s message of optimism, which calls for more trust and cooperation between both regions. Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

Government Launches French Tech Ticket

(May 28, 2015) The French government has launched the French Tech Ticket, Pascale Gelly, CIPP/E. CIPM, writes in this Global Privacy Dispatch for The Privacy Advisor, explaining the government’s plan to subsidize entrepreneurs from outside of France to create start-ups in the country. Secretary of State for the Digital Economy Axelle Lemaire announced the project, which will have a budget of 5 million euros for its first year. “The government’s intention when launching the French Tech Initiative was to undersc... Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

European Commission VP Talks Digital Single Market, Safe Harbor

(May 28, 2015) European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip, in his first official visit to the U.S., spoke of international cooperation and a “longstanding history of trust” between the two regions. Ansip addressed an audience at the Brookings Institution, fleshing out the proposed EU Digital Single Market, which he called a "top priority for the European Commission," and discussing the free flow of information, Safe Harbor and other topics. Read More

The Privacy Advisor

Data Protection Practice 2015 Study Released

(May 28, 2015) Data Protection Practice 2015, presented by European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs Deputy Chairman Axel Voss, has been released. The study “analyzes the everyday work of German data protection officers, providing evidence for the efficiency and cost advantages of this model of corporate self-monitoring and making a definitive case for the introduction of company data protection officers throughout Europe,” 2B Advice reports. Other themes in the report include “the work of the regulatory authorities, the support of data protection officers by management and opinions on the main points of the General Data Protection Regulation based on current knowledge.” Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

Queen Outlines Antiterrorism Bill

(May 28, 2015) Queen Elizabeth II has laid out UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s new plans for legislation, the Investigatory Powers Bill, which would allow authorities to more closely monitor terrorist activity, iTnews reports. Authorities say the bill would provide “the tools to keep you and your family safe,” BBC News reports, while civil liberties advocates fear it will lead to mass surveillance. Rory Cellan-Jones opines that the real opposition to increased access to communication data will come from the ... Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

Ethics Council To Discuss Privacy Implications of “Life-Logging”

(May 28, 2015) The German Ethics Council is using its annual conference “to finally work out where it stands” on such issues as the use of big data and the collection of information via wearables, Deutsche Welle reports. “Life-logging,” the trend of tracking fitness and health information, has sparked a debate over whether data is ever truly anonymous. “You might be able to recognize people with the more data you collect," said Science Europe’s Bonnie Wolff-Boenisch. In other privacy headlines, BBC News report... Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

The OAIC Privacy Management Framework: A Closer Look

(May 28, 2015) The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has released its Privacy Management Framework, which is intended to assist private- and public-sector organizations in meeting their Australian privacy compliance obligations. It follows previously released accountability/privacy governance guides issued by the respective Canadian, Hong Kong and French privacy regulators. In this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor, Anna von Dietze, CIPM, CIPP/E, examines the Australian and international context of the framework, its content and its practical implications. “This trend amongst privacy regulators to issue guides on privacy governance is no coincidence. Rather, it can be attributed to the global privacy principle of accountability, which is currently undergoing a significant evolution,” she writes. Read More

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