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European Court Gives a Boost to EU Data Protection Reform

On April 8, the Court of Justice of the European Union invalidated the EU Data Retention Directive 2006/24. Beyond its significance for data retention, this judgment has important implications for EU data protection law in general and the proposed General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in particular.

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Parallel Privacy Universes and PRISM

The U.S. and Europe seem locked in their own separate, parallel universes in the way they view PRISM and other recent revelations concerning law enforcement data access, as demonstrated by differences in transatlantic media coverage.

Here in Europe, discussion of law enforcement surveillance of electronic communications has dominated the major news media for the last few weeks. By contrast,...

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Will the Right To Be Forgotten Lead to a Society That Was Forgotten?

The “right to be forgotten,” a fundamental part of the proposed reforms to the EU’s data protection legislation, is being watched closely by professionals in the archives world. From a bird’s eye view, this proposal would have an undeniable effect on the preservation of the individual and collective memory of society.

Although the rationale and intent of the proposal is based on increasing concerns over the impact of rapidly advancing and intrusive technologies on the lives of people, the implications for the appraisal, selection and preservation of records containing personal data over time are very real and will need to be carefully considered. This proposal must be reviewed with the understanding that archival records—records of enduring administrative, legal, fiscal, cultural, historical and intrinsic value—represent the essence of a society and provide glimpses into the past and lessons for future generations.

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Putting Privacy In Your Organization’s DNA

By Allen Brandt, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPM

“Ethics cannot be taught in a business school. It has to be a part of the DNA.”

The above quote came from David Wilson, president and CEO of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the organization that owns and administers the GMAT exam that is used globally for entry into graduate business schools. (Disclosure: I’m the CPO of this organization).

Now, let’s take the statement above and exchange the word ‘ethics’ for ‘privacy’, so it now reads ‘Privacy cannot be taught in a business. It has to be part of your organization’s DNA (OK, I tweaked it a bit to make my point). How much time, effort and resources do we all spend on staff training, and yet, we still see many of the same mistakes get repeated.

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