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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
Meet Dadus (January 1, 2009)
Self-encrypting laptops (January 1, 2009)
Insurance for data loss (January 1, 2009)
Understanding Privacy (January 1, 2009)
Surveilled (January 1, 2009)
Australian businesses consider a role for risk ratings in new thinking on privacy and trust (January 1, 2009)
This article outlines the efforts of the Privacy and Trust Partnership (P&TP), a consortium of Australian companies committed to finding a better approach to protecting individuals’ privacy. P&TP ideas for a new Binding Privacy Framework and privacy risk rating are presented.
A practical guide for operational information security and privacy convergence (January 1, 2009)
Rebecca Herold, CIPP, lays out a structured, enterprise-wide approach to breaking down organizational silos and merging privacy and information security efforts. “Privacy is not strictly a legal issue and information security is certainly not strictly a technical issue; privacy and security intersect in many ways.” Herold says the integrated approach helps plug the gaps that increasingly result in privacy-security incidents.
Privacy Forecast (January 1, 2009)
Recognized privacy experts prophesize on topics such as biometrics, behavioral marketing, the future of BCRs, privacy in a down economy, and what role the new Obama administration might play in privacy matters.