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London’s Data Protection Intensive Sees Regulator Calling for Regulatory Rewrite, CEO Calling for Carrots and EDPS Peter Hustinx Setting Expectations: A Roundup

June 1, 2013

By Angelique Carson, CIPP/US and Sam Pfeifle, Publications Director

Hustinx Emphasizes Accountability In Outlining Road Ahead for EU Regulation
As the opening speaker at the IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive in London in April, European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx laid out his predictions for what the much-anticipated EU privacy regulation would finally look like when adopted. Confident that it would meet deadline and be in place by the spring of 2014, Hustinx said “my impression is that there is a basic consensus that the current architecture of the regulation is the right one…Now the focus is on getting it right, and the key word there is balance.”
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Former ICO Richard Thomas Wants a Rewrite of Chapter IV
Noting the prescriptive and inflexible nature of the EU’s draft data protection regulation, Former UK Information Commissioner Richard Thomas used his keynote address at the IAPP Data Protection Intensive in London to outline an alternative framework that would focus more simplistically on outcomes, provide incentives for regulatory requirements and allow for as much self-enforcement as possible.
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Vodafone’s Deadman to Regulators: Show Us the Carrots
If privacy regulators and consumers want transparency and accountability from corporations, companies need more than a stick: They need a carrot, too. That’s according to Stephen Deadman, group privacy officer and head of legal for privacy, security and content standards at Vodafone Group. During his keynote at the IAPP Data Protection Intensive in London, Deadman said companies’ approaches to privacy in the last decade have been based on the bare minimum of tactical legal compliance rather than meaningful integration from the ground up, but changes in technology and in consumer expectations are starting to shift that model.
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Will Privacy Keep Companies from Striking Big Oil?
In previewing his talk at the IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive, Big Data thinker Andreas Weigend equated Big Data with Big Oil. There is, of course, a key difference: “We’re not going to run out of data anytime soon,” Weigend told the crowd in London. “It’s maybe the only resource that grows exponentially…Maybe every 1.5 years we’re seeing data double, and much of that data is social data, data about ourselves.” In order for the economy to capitalize on that abundant resource, he said, personally identifying data is going to need to flow freely. Are we in danger of stoppering up the gushers?
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Preparing for the EU Regulation: Facebook, Proctor & Gamble and Siemens
It’s all well and good to speculate on where the EU’s privacy regulation will wind up, as European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx did for the IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive, but for those charged with heading up privacy programs at large corporations, the uncertainty can be the cause for some serious heartburn.
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