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(Sep 22, 2016) Greetings from London! The IAPP is back in London this week for our final installment this year of the GDPR Comprehensive event series. Following on from our inaugural February event in Brussels, and our New York edition, this year’s trilogy ends in London and it is proving to be as in demand as the preceding events, with a truly international representation yet again signing up for IAPP content. Confirming the "International" in IAPP, we have participants from as far afield as Taiwan, Malaysi... Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

Michael Schumacher’s family to receive damages following false medical reporting

(Sep 22, 2016) Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher’s family will receive at least 40,000 euros in damages after a German magazine made false claims regarding his medical condition. Bunte said in its Christmas issue last year Schumacher had been able to walk following his serious skiing accident in 2013. Schumacher’s lawyer and his family have both debunked the magazine’s claim. The final ruling will take place next month, with the judge saying he will award at least 40,000 euros to Schumacher’s family, with his family asking for 100,000 euros. Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

Report: Four police employees fired for data breaches

(Sep 22, 2016) Privacy advocate group Big Brother Watch revealed three Dorset Police officers and one police staff member were fired for committing data breaches, the Dorset Echo reports. Big Brother Watch discovered the four employees violated the Data Protection Act, while an additional seven officers and 13 staff members were internally disciplined. Two of the staff members resigned during the disciplinary process. The Big Brother Watch report found 30 incidents of officers not receiving any form of discipline for a data breach, with 12 police staff falling into the same category. “Dorset Police takes a very proactive approach to data breaches,” said Dorset Police’s Tim Whittle. “We have a robust audit system in place to monitor the use of police systems and as such the statistics will reflect this.” Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

Yahoo prepared to confirm 2012 data breach

(Sep 22, 2016) International Business Times reports Yahoo is reportedly prepared to confirm the legitimacy of the 2012 data breach exposing 200 million customers’ accounts. The report says anonymous sources claim the announcement could lead to government investigations, legal actions, and could affect its deal with Verizon. The 2012 leak included information on usernames, hashed passwords and dates of birth. The hacker, known only as “Peace,” uploaded the data to the underground marketplace called The Real Dea... Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Fieldfisher uses Box through dual BCRs

(Sep 22, 2016) European law firm Fieldfisher has worked with California-based enterprise content platform Box to obtain approval for controller and processor binding corporate rules, the firm reported in a blog post. With this authorization, the companies have committed to binding standards for processing and protecting personal data, and will be required to implement the standards through training and auditing programs. "BCRs are a really important 'stamp of approval' from the European regulatory authorities.... Read More

Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Op-ed: Google’s Allo app worth using, despite privacy concerns

(Sep 22, 2016) In an op-ed for Gizmodo, Michael Nunez advocates for Google’s new messaging app Allo, despite having concerns about its privacy capabilities. Nunez enjoys the app’s integration with Google’s artificial intelligence, and its use of Google Assistant to help call upon information and help organize a user’s itinerary. “It’s a little creepy to willingly let Google’s AI read your conversations, especially if you’re concerned about your privacy, but I say it’s completely worth it for the level of conv... Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Tracker browser extension from Ghostery gets an update

(Sep 22, 2016) Ghostery has announced the newest iteration of its browser extension, dubbed Ghostery 7, the company announced on its website. “Ghostery gives you the tools to see, understand and block/unblock tracking technologies (called trackers) on the sites you visit, giving you a cleaner, faster and safer browsing experience,” the report states. New features include a more streamlined user interface, updated amenities for those who make accounts with Ghostery, and tracker alerts. “Time and time again, we ... Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Why we need Women Leading Privacy

(Sep 21, 2016) Last year, we published some data here at the IAPP showing that the privacy profession is, in large part, gender balanced. There are roughly the same amount of women as men working in privacy, they’re at roughly the same levels in their organizations, and, in the U.S. at least, they’re within about 5 percent of each other in mean pay (yeah, the guys are higher). You gotta squint just a bit, but that looks like equality. Partly because of that, we’re often asked why, then, we need a Women Leading Privacy group here at the IAPP. To which IAPP Publications Director Sam Pfeifle says: “Dudes! C’mon,” in this piece for Privacy Perspectives. Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Vestager: Europeans care more about data privacy than Americans

(Sep 21, 2016) The European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager discussed the differences in attitude toward data privacy between the U.S. and Europe, Recode reports. Vestager said Europeans have been more critical of data collection and other tech practices. “What we see in Europe is that a huge proportion of citizens find that they are not in control," Vestager said. “They distrust the companies to protect their data, and I think that is very bad, because then there is a risk of withdrawing from all the benefits of our digital economy. And in order to build up trust I think it is very important that we enforce privacy rules, that we get privacy by design in new services, so that privacy is not just an add-on, that it is very basic." Read More

Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Proposed Italian cyberbullying law offers tougher punishments for offenders

(Sep 21, 2016) Italy’s Chamber of Deputies has approved a new law to punish individuals found guilty of cyberbullying, The Local reports. Under the proposed law, those who are convicted of cyberbullying or online stalking could face between one to six years in jail. Site moderators would also face a fine if they do not remove the offensive content within 48 hours. The bill will next be sent to the Italian Senate for final approval. "We trust that today's approval will finally lead — after the law's passage to the Senate — to a law against the phenomenon of bullying and cyberbullying," said advocate group Telefono Azzurro President Ernesto Caffo. Read More

Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest, Privacy Bar Section