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Roundup: Germany, Israel, Ireland, US and more

In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, read about advancements in Germany’s legislation to align it with the GDPR; get an overview of Israel’s new cybersecurity rules; and get up to speed on Japan’s new privacy rules coming into effect May 30. Plus, Ireland’s Minister for Justice...
CDT: EU's ePrivacy Reg is too broad and prescriptive
In a blog post for the Center for Democracy & Technology, Jens-Henrik Jeppesen, along with Joseph Lorenzo Hall and Joseph Jerome, CIPP/US, argues the draft EU ePrivacy Regulation, though "well-intentioned," is "too broad and prescriptive." "Overall, we support the Commission's decision to rewrit...
An FAQ on the new Israeli data security regulations
Following their initial release, commentators have dissected and analyzed the new Israeli data security regulations. Quoting the Israeli Minister of Justice, IAPP VP of Research and Education Omer Tene even characterized them as a "landmark" piece of legislation due to their scope, level of detail a...
Genetic marker research could pose privacy problems
Research conducted by Stanford biologists on genetic markers could have privacy implications, The Stanford Daily reports. The biologists discovered a limited selection of an individual's genetic information could be used to predict the contents of their DNA. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has u...
Facebook fined 110M euros
In an enforcement action that perhaps underscores the rapidly changing nature of privacy and the importance of nomenclature, the European Commission announced today it has fined Facebook 110 million euros “for providing incorrect or misleading information during the Commission's 2014 investigation u...
ICO releases annual operational reports for 2016–17
The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office released its annual operational reports for 2016–17. The six reports covered data protection reports and concerns; unlawful marketing reports and concerns; freedom of information complaints and appeals; requests for information from the ICO, helpline, live ...