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(Jun 25, 2015) The three major institutions charged with creating the next generation of EU data protection law started discussions Wednesday in the first of a series of trilogue meetings to finalize the proposed General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and several EU countries are reportedly concerned about the GDPR, including Cyprus, Italy, Belgium and Poland. Austria said it will not support a law that lowers data protection from existing standards. “Facing bumps ahead, negotiators said they were still co... Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

Dixon Says Ireland “Will Be the Lead" Regulator of U.S. Tech Firms

(Jun 25, 2015) The New York Times reports on comments by Irish Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon on the role her office will play in regulating U.S. technology companies. "Ireland will be the leading regulator when dealing with U.S. tech companies," she said. "We want to work actively with other regulators. But we will be the lead." Dixon's comments came on the same day the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner released its annual report detailing its activities in 2014, which included warnings to ... Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

Building a Bridge Between IT and Privacy

(Jun 25, 2015) In a CPE-eligible event on 30 June in London, representatives from Deloitte, AvePoint and the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton and Williams will discuss best practices and lessons learned in the field for helping European enterprises establish collaboration between privacy and IT departments. The discussion will focus on implementing cloud and social technologies, creating strategies for managing secure information and preparing for the EU General Data Protection Regulation. There is no fee for registration. Read More

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Tax-Sharing Plan Prompts Privacy Concerns

(Jun 25, 2015) As the European Commission argues in favor of legislation that would require countries to share tax information, Germany is raising privacy concerns, Bloomberg Business reports. “German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said the proposal needs changes to ensure it doesn’t violate national rules on privacy, trade secrets and tax confidentiality,” the report states, noting he has also voiced “concern about how much access the European Commission would have to the shared information, an issue cited by Ireland, the UK and others who took part in public debate on the plan.” Economic and Tax Commissioner Pierre Moscovici disagreed, saying, “I don’t think you can use the confidentiality argument to play the Commission out of the game.” Read More

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Weltimmo Opinion Could Have Significant Implications for Web-Based Firms

(Jun 25, 2015) Advocate-General Pedro Cruz Villalón has given his opinion in Weltimmo to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). In Weltimmo, the CJEU is being asked to consider what jurisdiction Hungary’s Data Protection Supervisor has over a website in Slovakia that took advertisements for Hungarian real estate and then allegedly misused data. Villalón’s focus on fixed human and technical resources in determining establishment may be significant, Denis Kelleher writes for The Privacy Advisor, noti... Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

DPA Issues Drone Guidance

(Jun 25, 2015) Drones are becoming more widespread globally, and Hungary is no exception. Given the lack of specific law, the use of drones—theoretically—is possible only upon individual permit from the Hungarian Aviation Authority. As the preparation of the specific legislation is underway, the Hungarian Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information issued guidance for the legislature and users on the data privacy aspects of the nonmilitary use of drones. “Whilst data protection rights and remedies are essential, it may be questionable if private drone users will comply with the rules in practice and whether the competent authorities have the capacity to verify compliance at all,” Márton Domokos writes in this report for The Privacy Advisor. Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

Report: Government Websites Score Low on Privacy

(Jun 25, 2015) After examining Gov.UK Verify and the U.S.-based Federal Cloud Credential Exchange (FCCX), students at University College London have found the programs to “suffer from serious privacy and security shortcomings,” while “failing to comply with privacy-preserving guidelines they are meant to follow, and may actually degrade user privacy.” Computing reports the students found both websites have hub-based systems that could surreptitiously “impersonate users,” which “represents a serious danger to c... Read More

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New French Law Draws U.S. Comparisons

(Jun 25, 2015) The French government’s plan to augment its anti-terror surveillance is being compared to the USA PATRIOT Act, DW reports. “France's ruling socialist government rushed through the bill earlier this year, shortly after the Islamist militant attacks in Paris in which 17 people were killed over three days,” the report states. While the law won’t be finalized until it is proven constitutional, it passed “by a simple show of hands from deputies in France's National Assembly,” forgoing “the need for j... Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

Apple Moves To Prevent Accessing Apps for Ads

(Jun 25, 2015) Apple will no longer share app data, “which is akin to web-browsing history,” with developers for tailoring ads to its users, The Information reports. Apps and social networks “have sometimes drawn on data about other apps that are already installed” on phones to determine what ads to show users, the report states, noting, for example, if a user “has downloaded a lot of games, including ones that cost money, they may be shown an ad for a paid game that they don’t already have.” The move to disco... Read More

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Potential ICANN Policy Change Creates Privacy Concerns

(Jun 25, 2015) The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is reporting that a policy being considered by ICANN, the global domain name authority, could make it easier for third parties to discover the contact information of website owners. The impetus for the potential policy change came from U.S. entertainment companies that want “tools to discover the identities of website owners whom they want to accuse of copyright and trademark infringement, preferably without a court order,” the EFF states. According to Th... Read More

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