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(Jul 23, 2015) Greetings from Brussels! I feel compelled to comment upon an interesting exchange of late with a start-up entrepreneur based out of Italy, whose company helps app developers store health data according to EU privacy and security laws. There is a level of concern amongst the innovation start-up community that while we move towards a revised GDPR, national Member State IT security laws in parallel are continuing to impose complex obstacles for our innovators regarding data protection and securit... Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

Will Data Protection Rules Curb Progress?

(Jul 23, 2015) EU privacy regulation should not curb progress and innovation in the healthcare field, Prof. Barry O'Sullivan writes for The Irish Times. “We must handle different types of data differently—we cannot apply universal strictures that choke off vital innovation to safeguard against privacy infringements in other areas of public life,” O’Sullivan writes. He suggests the public’s attitude about data protection “has been heavily influenced by the Silicon Valley powerhouses and their perceived data grabs. However, we must adopt a totally different attitude to the use of data in publicly funded health research in particular, as the public and individual interests are self-evident.” Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

Auditor Jailed for Leaking Staff PI

(Jul 23, 2015) Mirror reports that Andrew Skelton, an auditor for supermarket chain Morrisons “who leaked personal data relating to 100,000 staff onto the Internet because of a grudge,” has been sentenced to eight years in jail. Out-Law.com reports on experts’ views that the case should serve as a warning to organizations. Pinsent Masons’ Alan Sheeley discusses the importance of having “adequate fraud prevention policies to avoid theft” as well as having a crisis-response plan in place. “Companies need to be p... Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

Commissioner Says Bill “Not Feasible”

(Jul 23, 2015) Rhineland-Palatinate Privacy Commissioner Dieter Kugelmann argues that the legality of Germany’s data retention bill is problematic as “European and German jurisdictions leave no room for data retention,” Eco International reports. “I do see legal difficulties, should the state gather data on nearly every citizen without any suspicion,” said Kugelmann. The draft calls for the retention of Internet and phone data for four weeks, the report states. “Retaining data without any suspicion is always highly problematic, because for every intervention with basic rights of any individual, the state always needs a reasonable cause,” Kugelmann noted. Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

Ashley Madison Site Could Face 500,000 GBP Fine

(Jul 23, 2015) The Verge reports on the hack of the controversial Ashley Madison website and how the site followed standard web security practices and failed to implement simple privacy and security design features, making such a breach "inevitable." The site's password-reset feature allowed other users to see who used the site, for one, and the site kept real names and addresses on file. In the UK, the site could face a fine of up to 500,000 GBP from the Information Commissioner’s Office, V3 reports. Ashley M... Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

Snowden Describes Privacy-Focused Internet, Calls for SPUD Protocol

(Jul 23, 2015) Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden remotely spoke at an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting, urging attendees to design an Internet for users, not spies, NDTV reports. “Who is the Internet for?” Snowden asked. “Who does it serve; who is the IETF’s ultimate customer?” He said the growing use of credit cards on the web is pinpointing users’ identities. “We need to divorce identity from persona in a lasting way,” he said. “If it’s creating more metadata, this is in general a bad thing.” Snowden urged the engineers to implement the SPUD protocol, reducing the number of intermediaries through which data passes by a combination of transport protocols. Read More

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Google Rolls Out User-Friendly Location History Tool

(Jul 23, 2015) Google is rolling out a new “your timeline” feature for Google Maps in coming weeks “that is certain to thrill some folks—and horrify others,” PCWorld reports. The feature allows users to view their entire location history on Google Maps based on data pulled from devices upon sign-in to Gmail. Google says it’s a useful way to remember where you’ve been on any given point in time and that it’s only viewable to the user. Read More

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

Microsoft To Honor Revenge Porn Takedown Requests

(Jul 22, 2015) Calling it a “first step,” Microsoft announced Wednesday it will honor takedown requests for so-called “revenge porn” in its Bing search engine and content access removal from Xbox Live and OneDrive upon a victim's requests. “Much needs to be done to address the problem,” Jacqueline Beauchere wrote in a Microsoft blog post. “As a first step, we want to help put victims back in control of their images and their privacy.” The company has also set up a new reporting site for victims to inform Micro... Read More

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

More Stores Shut Down Photo Centers

(Jul 21, 2015) CVS recently disabled its online photo center following news of a potential breach through PNI Digital Media, following a similar action by Walmart in Canada, and now other stores in the U.S. and UK—including Rite Aid, Sam’s Club and Tesco’s—have moved to the do the same after PNI, which either manages or hosts the sites, examined the possible extent of the breach, Reuters reports. “We take the protection of information very seriously,” said Kirk Saville of Staples, which purchased P... Read More

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

Nymity Announces New EU Headquarters, New Roles

(Jul 21, 2015) Nymity has announced it will open a new European headquarters in London, UK, and Lauren Reid, CIPP/US, CIPM, will assume the role of director of EU privacy solutions. Reid has worked for two years at Nymity’s corporate headquarters in Toronto, Canada. “I am excited for the opportunity to be on the ground in Europe during what promises to be an eventful fall, with the EU regulation just around the corner and evolving expectations for the privacy office,” Reid said. Nymity President Terry McQuay, ... Read More

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