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(Feb 4, 2016) Greetings from Brussels! It’s been an eventful week for European privacy and data protection, with the unveiling of the "EU-U.S. Privacy Shield," the new framework for trans-Atlantic data transfers replacing the now-defunct Safe Harbor. The College of Commissioners agreed to the new political agreement, mandating Vice President Ansip and Justice Commissioner Jourová with the task of getting the Privacy Shield implemented. The agreement should have authorities and companies on both sides of the ... Read More

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TalkTalk recovers after massive post-breach customer exodus

(Feb 4, 2016) Telecom company TalkTalk reported a loss of 60 million GBP and more than 101,000 customers after its 2015 data breach, but the organization maintains that smart post-breach actions are keeping them afloat, TechWeekEurope reports. “The firm is adamant it has weathered the storm and claims the free upgrade offer it made to customers in the aftermath of the breach has helped improve customer sentiment,” the report states. “It is encouraging to see the business returning to normal after a challenging quarter that was dominated by the cyberattack,” said CEO Dido Harding. “Our customers have responded well, with almost half a million customers choosing to take up our unconditional offer of a free upgrade.” Read More

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Security vetting documents lost by Home Office

(Feb 4, 2016) Counter-intelligence organization, the Home Office, disclosed to The Register that among the data compromised in a series of 2015 breaches were “security vetting” documents, with a birth certificate “lost” in an unrelated breach. The data was "lost internally between the recipient of the postal package and the vetting team,” the agency said, emphasizing that "the contents had not been reviewed." These recent breaches are in addition to the agency’s 33 breaches from last year, “which were not reported to the Information Commissioner's Office, although the department has now claimed one incident was noted incorrectly,” the report states. Read More

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Study: Companies uneducated, unprepared for GDPR

(Feb 4, 2016) A Computing study of mid- to large-sized organizations discovered that “just over half” were familiar with the General Data Protection Regulation, while 20 percent felt “well prepared” for its forthcoming mandates, the publication reports. Furthermore, only “a total of 44 percent were unaware or only vaguely aware of the new rules,” the report states. Twenty five percent confessed that they would “need to invest in new infrastructure or software to comply with the new rules,” with 53 percent “un... Read More

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Event: ‘Privacy in the Digital Age’ discussion coming to The Hague

(Feb 4, 2016) Europol announced a May 2016 event entitled ‘Privacy in the Digital Age of Encryption and Anonymity Online,’ which aims to unite law enforcement and government officials, representatives from the private sectors, and academics to discuss the balance between privacy and security, the agency disclosed on its website. “The current discussion between law enforcement agencies, on the one hand, and privacy advocates, on the other, all too often has the characteristics of a zero-sum game,” the report states. “What is needed is a constructive debate with the goal to make the Internet both an open and safe space.” Registration is now open. Read More

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Dutch government giving businesses writing privacy policies a hand

(Feb 4, 2016) The Personal Data Authority and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs worked in tandem to develop an online guide for businesses developing a “standard” privacy policy, Telecompaper reports. The guide employs a “series of questions” to get users started developing the policy, which is specifically targeted for use on “consumer-facing websites,” the report states. Meanwhile, The Information Commissioner’s Office published a series of consultations on “privacy notices, transparency and control,” ... Read More

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Georgian Prime Minister talks privacy

(Feb 4, 2016) At an event commemorating Data Protection Day, Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili emphasized the importance of protecting the data of Georgia’s citizens and the strives the country has made in doing so, Agenda reports. “Creation of the Office deserved high assessments in the European Commission’s visa liberation report on Georgia,” Kvirikashvili said. “The Office has gained trust among public and private institutions and addresses to the body increased six times in 2015 compared to the same period of 2014,” adding that “we have the ambition to be a member of the European family and protecting the privacy of our people leads to this way.” Read More

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Anonymity via ‘wallet providers’ could be abolished by European Commission proposal

(Feb 4, 2016) The European Commission announced via action plan a move to amend the Anti Money Laundering Directive in an effort to reign in the financial support of terrorists, CryptoCoinsNews reports. The updates would require European “wallet providers” to provide their identities, the report states. The EC acknowledged that “further steps to close off the options for terrorist financing may also touch on the lives and the economic activity of citizens and companies throughout the Union,” but that it would “take into account the balance between the need to increase security and the need to protect fundamental rights including data protection, and economic freedoms,” the action plan stated. Read More

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Advertising summit calls for re-building consumer trust

(Feb 4, 2016) Both the UK’s Information Commissioner Christopher Graham and the Advertising Association’s Andy Duncan exhorted advertising professionals to embrace data protection at the AA’s LEAD summit, The Guardian reports. Data is, problematically, not only the “new oil” but also the “new asbestos,” Graham said, and that “responsibility for data protection must lie with leaders at the top of organizations and not be left for the IT department to sort out,” the report states. Duncan, meanwhile, tasked advertisers with mending “the relationship between advertisers and consumers,” the report states. He further maintained that the poor attitudes towards customer privacy and the employment of data is “tipping the balance,” he said. Read More

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Russia releases 2016 data localization inspection plan

(Feb 4, 2016) The Russian data protection authority — the Roskomnadzor — has released its data localization inspection plan for companies doing business in the country, Hogan Lovells Chronicle of Data Protection reports. According to the report, “there are a number of prominent multi-national companies on the list” that was uploaded by the Roskomnadzor. Late last year, the Russian DPA said its inspections at the time had already led to three administrative fines under the localization requirement. Read More

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