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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.
Notes from the IAPP President (April 1, 2012)
At the IAPP Global Privacy Summit in March, during a session featuring authors Cory Doctorow and Jeff Jarvis, an audience member asked, “Is privacy dead?” No, answered Jeff Jarvis, “privacy has more protectors than ever before in privacy history.”
People in Privacy: New privacy pros (April 1, 2012)
Rewind 11 years. If you worked on data privacy matters, you were probably a law firm partner, a consultant, privacy officer or one of a handful of people bearing the title “chief privacy officer.” In 2001, privacy and data protection professionals were barely a speck on the tech economy’s radar.
Czech Constitutional Court takes on data retention rules (April 1, 2012)
In less than a year, the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic issued two decisions that repealed most of the data retention legislation. By its first judgment from 22 March 2011, the court repealed the obligation of telecoms operators and ISPs to retain traffic and location data for the minimum period of six months and maximum period of 12 months and to provide such data to authorized bodies upon request (First Judgment).
APEC’s cross-border privacy rules to facilitate data flows…soon (April 1, 2012)
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPRs)—endorsed by U.S. President Barack Obama and APEC member economies at an APEC leaders meeting in Hawaii late last year and scheduled to be released later this year—aim to provide a framework to facilitate cross-border data flows by allowing for interoperability through various jurisdictions’ privacy regimes.
IRS taxpayer authentication program combats identity theft: A Q&A with Rebecca Chiaramida (April 1, 2012)
As more Americans file their taxes online, protecting highly sensitive financial data from identity thieves is a major concern for taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) alike. The Privacy Advisor recently caught up with IRS Director of Privacy, Government Liaison and Disclosure Rebecca Chiaramida, CIPP/G, to explore a new authentication program recently initiated by the agency to combat a rise in refund fraud schemes and identity theft.
Location-based services: Why privacy "Dos and Don'ts" matter (April 1, 2012)
2012 is certain to reflect U.S. consumers' continued love affair with sophisticated smart phones and mobile tablets. For many consumers, one of the driving forces in the popularity of these devices is their ability to run software and mobile applications (mobile apps) using wireless location-based services (LBS). With LBS-enabled services, individuals can share real-time and historical location information online--whether to facilitate a social interaction or event, play games, house-hunt or engage in many other activities.
Getting to know a privacy pro (April 1, 2012)
On July 5, 2010, the Mexican Federal Law on Protection of Personal Data Held by Private Parties was officially published. This legislation establishes minimum standards that people who use others’ personal data are obliged to comply in order to protect privacy. Lina Ornelas is the General Director for Privacy Self-regulation at Mexico’s Federal Institute for Access to Information and Data Protection (IFAI). Ornelas works to understand the way private parties who process personal data think and act to find their incentives to protect personal data, she says. She also works to give such parties tools to enable compliance with the law and promote responsible data processing.
DoubleClick: The privacy profession's incubator (April 1, 2012)
Today, it would be remiss to say that the privacy profession is anything but flourishing. Companies are increasingly hiring privacy officers and even elevating them to C-suite positions; the European Commission has proposed a statute in its amended data protection framework that would require data protection officers at certain organizations, and, at the IAPP, membership recently hit 10,000 worldwide.
Privacy pro garners all five CIPP certifications (April 1, 2012)
Since its inception in 2004, the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) credential has served as the leading certification for privacy professionals. Like the IAPP’s membership, the CIPP credential has grown more diverse over the years. The IAPP’s flagship credential has developed into multiple credentials, including one focused on the U.S. government, Canada, Internet technology and now Europe.
UK—ICO issues police force with £70,000 fine (April 1, 2012)
Lancashire Constabulary has been fined £70,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) following the discovery of papers containing sensitive information about a 15-year-old girl—together with information about 14 other individuals, including in relation to their criminal convictions—on a Blackpool street.
PCI-DSS Version 2.0 comment period coming to a close (April 1, 2012)
The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council will soon conclude its public comment period on version 2.0 of the PCI Data Security Standard and Payment Application Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).