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Global Privacy Dispatches

POLAND—DPA vs. Google on the Information Security Administrator
The Supreme Administrative Court, in its judgment of 21 February, supported the position adopted by the Polish Data Protection Authority (DPA) in its decision issued towards Google, Inc. Read More
UK—ICO Issues 50,000 GBP Fine for Unsolicited Calls
The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined home improvement company Amber Windows 50,000 GBP after an investigation discovered they had made unsolicited marketing calls to individuals who had registered with the Telephone Preference Service. Read More
UK—ICO Publishes Plans for 2014-17
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has published its three-year corporate plan, setting out how it intends to address and tackle the challenges it faces in information regulation. Read More
UK—Disclosure and Barring Service Warned After Collecting Unnecessary Sensitive Data
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has ruled that the Disclosure and Barring Service breached the Data Protection Act after failing to stop the collection of information about convictions that were no longer required for employment checks. Read More
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
Privacy News (April 1, 2007)
IBM recently announced the development of software that allows people to hide or anonymize their personal information on the Web, ensuring protection from identity theft and other misuse. Developed by researchers at IBM's laboratory in Zurich, Switzerland, the software - called Identity Mixer - will enable consumers to purchase goods and services on the Internet without disclosing personal information.
An Interview With an Expert on India and Outsourcing: Part 2 (April 1, 2007)
Part 2 of this Q & A ran in the March 2007 issue of the Advisor.
Regulator Chat (April 1, 2007)
The Privacy Advisor Interviews Federal Trade Commission Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras, Winner of the IAPP's 2007 Privacy Leadership Award, About Her Priorities and Accomplishments

UK Information Commissioner Calls for Global Harmonization of Privacy Laws (April 1, 2007)
"We must all do global privacy better. Information flows do not recognize international boundaries. We can no longer go on with different privacy controls in different parts of the world. Inconsistencies cause unnecessary confusion and complexity, increased costs and reduced consumer trust and confidence.
IAPP Board President Featured in Podcast (April 1, 2007)
IAPP Board President Kirk M. Herath, CIPP/G, Associate Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer, Associate General Counsel for Nationwide Insurance Companies, was featured in a podcast produced by Aldo Castaneda of The Story of Digital Identity (STODID), who attended the Summit to interview leading privacy professionals on a range of privacy and technology topics.
The Lighter Side of Privacy (April 1, 2007)
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Gives First Public Comments in Response to IG Report on FBI Abuses (April 1, 2007)
The Summit's closing plenary session drew intense focus from members of the Washington, D.C. press corps, the Associated Press and cable and network news media who gathered to hear Attorney General Gonzales' first public response to the Department of Justice's Inspector General's report released that morning on the FBI's use of national security letters.
And the Winner Is… (April 1, 2007)
Congratulations to Orrie Dinstein of GE Commercial Finance, winner of the "What Is a Privacy Pro?" Challenge, underwritten by KPMG. Orrie aptly defined the role of a privacy professional with this entry:
Big-Name Speakers, National Headlines- The IAPP Delivers a Summit Success (April 1, 2007)
More than 25 reporters obtained media passes to cover the IAPP Privacy Summit 07 - the largest number of reporters to converge on an IAPP conference in its six-year history.
The IAPP Recognizes FTC Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras With 2007 Privacy Leadership Award (April 1, 2007)
Deborah Platt Majoras, Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), is the 2007 recipient of the Privacy Leadership Award for her ongoing commitment to consumer privacy.
Notes from the Executive Director (April 1, 2007)
We're barely back from our most spectacular conference ever, but our aggressive agenda for 2007 requires that we dig in to duplicate our successes for upcoming events. Before I share with you the details of some exciting new IAPP offerings we have in store for our members, I want to look back briefly at the IAPP Privacy Summit 07 and what made the event so successful.
Breaking Down Medical Identity Theft (April 1, 2007)
By examining two well-documented instances of medical identity theft, we can begin to understand this type of identity theft's impact on its patient victims, the financial consequences, its methods of operation, healthcare's institutional vulnerabilities and how the healthcare industry can avert truly disastrous consequences.
VIEWPOINT: Your CEO's Privacy Agenda (April 1, 2007)
Scott McNealy of Sun Microsystems told attendees of the IAPP Privacy Summit last month how to get their CEOs' attention: Feed their home security cameras straight to YouTube and then post their tax returns on the Internet.