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Global Privacy Dispatches

FRANCE—Expansion of CNIL Investigation Powers Confirmed
In the past few years, the French data protection authority (CNIL) has made itself known for its on-site investigation powers by coming unannounced to the premises of businesses to perform interviews and searches in order to assess compliance with the French Data Protection Act. Read More
FRANCE—The End of Aggressive Cold-Calling?
The new consumer act of March 17 is now in force. Among its key measures, it plans the creation of a centralized do-not call list. Read More
HUNGARY—Hungarian DPA Suggests Refinements in IT Policies
In a recent case, the Hungarian Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (Nemzeti Adatvédelmi és Információszabadság Hatóság or NAIH) investigated a case where a company had to access its employee’s laptop for compliance reasons and imposed a fine of HUF 1,500,000 (approximately 5,000 euros) for unlawful data processing. Read More
UK—Marketing Companies Punished for Hiding Identity While Making Nuisance Calls
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has ordered two telephone marketing companies to change their practices after more than 100 complaints were made to the ICO that the companies were making nuisance marketing calls. Read More
UK—British Pregnancy Advice Service Fined for Serious Data Breach
The British Pregnancy Advice Service (BPAS) has been fined 200,000 GBPs after a serious breach of the Data Protection Act (DPA) revealed thousands of people's personal details to a malicious hacker. Read More
UK—ICO Publishes Updated PIA Guidance
The UK Information Commissioner's Office has published its updated Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) Code of Practice to help organisations comply with their data protection law obligations when they change the way that they use personal data. Read More
ITALY—Garante Addresses Medical Research, Welfare Positions Issues
The Garante, Italy’s Data Protection Authority (IDPA), has released three decisions related to research and a register of welfare positions.

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ITALY—Garante’s Provision on Mobile Payment Services
On December 12, 2013, the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante) issued a draft general provision on the processing of personal data in the context of mobile remote payment services. This new provision sets the rules for the processing of information about users who purchase digital services and products and pay for them remotely via their phone bills. Read More
ITALY—Garante Addresses Medical Research, Welfare Positions Issues
The Garante, Italy’s Data Protection Authority (IDPA), has released three decisions related to research and a register of welfare positions. Read More
Crowell & Moring LLP Teams with Jim Jordan, General Electric's Former Chief Privacy Leader (July 1, 2006)
A new relationship was recently announced to foster Crowell & Moring's growing Privacy & Data Protection Group. Formerly with General Electric, Jim Jordan's law firm, Jordan Legal Counsel P.C., will work as Crowell & Moring LLP's co-counsel to help clients achieve and maintain compliance with privacy and personal data protection laws in the U.S. and globally.
Industry and Consumer Leaders Join Forces to Establish Consumer Privacy Legislative Forum (July 1, 2006)
Twelve diverse industry leaders, including Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, eBay, Procter & Gamble and Eli Lilly, have joined consumer organizations to form the Consumer Privacy Legislative Forum (CPL Forum). The group will explore support for comprehensive federal consumer privacy legislation.
In The News - San Jose Mercury News Publishes Op-Ed Piece by IAPP Board Member John Berard (July 1, 2006)
John Berard, Managing Director for Zeno Group in San Francisco and a member of the IAPP Board, showcased the IAPP's role in promoting responsible customer data use in an opinion-editorial piece published in the San Jose Mercury News in June.
In The News - IAPP Board Member Lauren Steinfeld Testifies Before U.S. House of Representatives (July 1, 2006)
Lauren Steinfeld, CIPP, Chief Privacy Officer for the University of Pennsylvania, recently testified on the subject of Social Security Numbers in Commerce - Reconciling Beneficial Uses with Threats to Privacy before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection of the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the U.S. House of Representatives.
In The News - IAPP and Peppers & Rogers Group Expand Partnership to Co-Brand, Publish Monthly Privacy Newsletter (July 1, 2006)
INSIDE 1to1: Privacy, the monthly online newsletter published by Peppers & Rogers Group and 1to1 Media since 2002, will continue to extend its reach and impact as a result of an expanded partnership with the IAPP.
An Interview with the Experts on the Value of Surrendering Privacy (July 1, 2006)
Alan Chapell, CIPP, interviews Bambi Francisco, noted columnist with Dow Jones MarketWatch, on the value of surrendering privacy.
Ask the Privacy Expert (July 1, 2006)
In this Q&A, privacy expert Eduardo Ustaran discusses EU requirements to notify consumers of a security breach.
Privacy Framework Undergoes Update, Name Change (July 1, 2006)
The American Institute for Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Canadian Institute for Chartered Accountants (CICA) have updated the Privacy Framework. The groups also decided to refer to the framework as the Generally Accepted Privacy Principles (GAPP, pronounced ga-pi).
KnowledgeNet - Mixing in Seattle (July 1, 2006)
It's not hard to get IAPP members in Seattle to abandon the florescence of their offices for bright sunshine. So on April 25, privacy professionals gathered at the Red Hook brewery in the Sammamish Valley to connect with each other, catch some rays and enjoy some great snacks and micro-brews.
KnowledgeNet - IAPP's Asia Pacific KN Tour Is Resounding Success (July 1, 2006)
Expanding its international reach into the Asia Pacific, an IAPP delegation recently returned from a trip that kicked off two new KnowledgeNets in Sydney and Singapore. The delegation also visited the existing Tokyo KnowledgeNet, one of the IAPP's most successful KnowledgeNet chapters.
KnowledgeNet - Privacy Pros Track Through Spring Snow for Boston KnowledgeNet Meeting (July 1, 2006)
Boston's April KnowledgeNet meeting provided a forum for 25 privacy pros to share privacy practices across industries - including healthcare, pharmaceutical and data storage - as Ernst & Young hosted the group on a snowy April afternoon.
IBM Executive on Breach Notification Laws, Data Security Push (July 1, 2006)
Companies must pay attention to how they secure their data, says Harriet Pearson.
Notes from the Executive Director (July 1, 2006)
The IAPP has exciting news to share with our members: We have broken the 2,500 IAPP membership mark, and we announce the unveiling of a new monthly e-publication, INSIDE 1to1: Privacy.
Have You Talked to Your Marketing People Lately? (July 1, 2006)
When most privacy officers think about the legal issues they face, their focus is on laws affecting the collection, use, disclosure and protection of personal information. They may overlook the laws affecting the ways their companies market to consumers. Yet, some of the most active areas of privacy regulation and enforcement involve the use of telemarketing, fax advertising and commercial email to reach customers and potential customers.