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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ICO Research Project (August 1, 2009)
The British Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is soliciting bids for a three-month research project aimed at putting a price tag on failures to protect privacy.
Breaching Data (August 1, 2009)
Seventy percent of UK enterprise and public-sector organizations polled for a Ponemon Institute study have experienced at least one data breach incident within the last year.
CIRA (August 1, 2009)
The nonprofit organization that manages dot-ca domain names has launched consultations on the more privacy-sensitive disclosure policy it introduced last June. Over the next few months, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) will conduct one-on-one interviews and surveys and will host forums and open mic sessions to find out what members think of the new rules.
My ID Score (August 1, 2009)
A new Web site helps you assess your identity fraud risk for free. My ID Score runs basic, user-submitted information through a vast fraud database to discover transactions and potential fraudulent activities.
Facebook Grant (August 1, 2009)
Two University of Guelph students will use $50,000 from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to further research on what motivates individuals’ disclosure of personal information on Facebook.