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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

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

ECJ Ruling Could Invalidate Safe Harbor

(May 28, 2015) On March 24, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) examined a key question concerning the future of transborder data flows between the U.S. and Europe. Jan Dhont and Alyssa Cervantes report in this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor that the outcome of this case could have wide-ranging ramifications for anyone who transfers data from the EU to the U.S. through the Safe Harbor agreement because the ECJ could rule in one of three ways—including invalidating Safe Harbor. They suggest “businesses should explore other adequacy mechanisms to transfer their data between the EU and U.S." Read More

Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

New Telecom Law Proposed; Authorities Take Skype to Court

(May 28, 2015) In Germany, telecommunications and Internet companies “could once again be forced to store customer traffic and location metadata for police investigation purposes, five years after a previous data retention law was declared unconstitutional,” PCWorld reports. Under a draft data retention law released Wednesday, providers would be required “to store call and Internet traffic metadata for a maximum of 10 weeks while location data would have to be stored for four weeks,” the report states, noting ... Read More

Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

EU, APEC To Streamline BCR/CBPR Process

(May 27, 2015) Winning approval for both binding corporate rules (BCRs) and cross-border privacy rules (CBPRs) takes significant work. But to demonstrate compliance, many of the administrative hurdles are the same. That's why, as companies increasingly turn to BCRs and CBPRs as data transfer mechanisms, an EU/APEC working group has approved a plan for increased interoperability by making it easier for companies to comply with both BCRs and CBPRs all at once. “The idea is that organizations will be able to submit the single questionnaire to both EU DPAs, whose approval is needed for organizations to be granted BCRs, and to APEC Accountability Agents, whose approval is needed to be granted CBPRs,” Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, reports in this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor. Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

In Search of the 2015 Privacy Innovation Award Winners

(May 27, 2015) The call for nominees is now open for the 2015 HP-IAPP Privacy Innovation Awards, which recognize unique global privacy and data protection programs and services in both the private and public sectors, which got us thinking about our past winners. To gear up for this year’s selection, The Privacy Advisor is profiling some of the winners. In this feature, IAPP Publications Managing Editor Jennifer Saunders, CIPP/US, caught up with Vodafone Global Privacy Manager Amanda Chandler and Global Privacy Counsel Kasey Chappelle, CIPP/US, to talk about the 2012 Innovation Award-winning project, Vodafone Privacy Programme, where it is today and Vodafone’s future plans. Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest