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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
IAPP and AFCDP Alliance (June 1, 2009)
Head east on the 43rd parallel from the IAPP’s York, Maine-based global headquarters and eventually you’ll pass through France, home of the French Association of Data Protection Correspondents (AFCDP). Last month, the IAPP and AFCDP formed a strategic alliance designed to help broaden the knowledge base of the global privacy profession.
FPF Research (June 1, 2009)
The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) is conducting research to find effective tools and methods for communicating with Web users about online behavioral advertising practices. FPF co-chair Chris Wolf says the goal is to provide groups involved in the practice with “additional guidance about the most effective ways to communicate with users.”
Steven Johnston (June 1, 2009)
The International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners has appointed Steven Johnston as liaison officer on identity management and privacy technologies.
Privacy Awareness Week (June 1, 2009)
Privacy pros in Wellington, New Zealand celebrating the Asia Pacific Privacy Association’s Privacy Awareness Week, May 3-9.
IAPP Facebook Page (June 1, 2009)
Accountability in the privacy profession…The value of template e-mail signatures... Networking in New Jersey… These are just some of the discussions taking place on the IAPP Facebook page. Get in on the chatter.
Social Media (June 1, 2009)
Like moss in a Northwest forest the economy hangs heavy over the heads of some social networkers who, in better times, might have been more blasé about their social media musings. Twenty-nine percent of employees surveyed for a recent Deloitte study said the downturn has them paying more attention to what they divulge online.
Privacy for SMBs (June 1, 2009)
Privacy trustmark provider TRUSTe has launched a beta version of its Privacy Services for E-Tailers. The package is tailored towards small and medium-sized Internet retailers.
40 Under Forty (June 1, 2009)
The Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal named Jay Cline to its 40 Under Forty list. The list recognizes the Twin Cities’ most accomplished and promising business leaders.
Minors' Online Activities (June 1, 2009)
Two companies have created a registry that parents can use to shield their underage child’s personally identifiable information online. Acxiom Corporation and Privacy Vaults Online, Inc. (Privo) have created the Protect My Child Registry (PMCR), essentially a do-not-contact registry that parents can use to block or limit Web site access, mobile content, or Internet-based marketing.
2009 Australian Privacy Awards (June 1, 2009)
Australia’s federal privacy commissioner is seeking nominations for the 2009 Australian Privacy Awards and the Australian Privacy Medal.