A vote of no-confidence for Privacy Shield

(Mar 24, 2017) On Thursday, members of the European Parliament’s civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee (LIBE) narrowly voted to support a resolution declaring Privacy Shield to be inadequate. As part of the text, MEPs listed a number of continuing concerns for the data-transfer framework, and they called for further action by the European Commission. IAPP EU Correspondent Jennifer Baker has the details on the vote, how it split on political lines, and the next steps for the resolution in this pie... Read More

LIBE Committee declares Privacy Shield 'inadequate' by narrow margin

(Mar 24, 2017) Members of the European Parliament’s civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee (LIBE) narrowly voted Thursday to support a resolution declaring Privacy Shield to be inadequate. The trans-border data transfer framework, drawn up by the European Commission with the U.S. Department of Commerce after the European Court of Justice ruled its predecessor, Safe Harbor, invalid in 2015, has faced constant criticism. However, there are those, even within the Parliament, who support the current ... Read More

Ask the DPO Web Conference Series

(Mar 24, 2017) As most privacy professionals know by now, the GDPR will come into force in May of 2018. The list of data governance issues to be tackled is large, with many new requirements for anyone doing business with EU citizens. Many organizations, in fact, will have to appoint a data protection officer with specific tasks and responsibilities. Given these new demands, the IAPP has arranged for DPOs and privacy leaders who run some of the world’s leading privacy programs at organizations in the EU and aro... Read More

Notes from the IAPP Europe Managing Director, 24 March 2017

(Mar 23, 2017) Greetings from Brussels! First, a quick word to say that our thoughts are with the people of London. Having just experienced what a rich and textured city London is, during our recent Data Protection Intensive, this week's attacks particularly hit home for us here at the IAPP. And, as we've just observed the one-year anniversary of the attacks here in Brussels, these are unquestionably sobering times, indeed. On to the business of privacy and data protection, however. The world keeps turning. ... Read More

Technical issues lead to another data breach for Three

(Mar 23, 2017) After its handset upgrade database was hit by hackers compromising the information of 210,000 customers, mobile phone company Three suffered another data breach, the Guardian reports. A technical issue resulted in customers logging into their accounts and seeing the names, addresses, phone numbers, and call histories of other people. “We are aware of a small number of customers who may have been able to view the mobile account details of other Three users using My3,” a spokesman said. “No financ... Read More

Norfolk County Council fined 60,000 GBP for losing children's files

(Mar 23, 2017) The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office fined the Norfolk County Council 60,000 GBP after files containing sensitive information regarding children were misplaced. They were eventually discovered in a cabinet purchased from a secondhand shop. “Councils have a duty to look after any personal information they hold, all the more so when highly sensitive information is concerned – in particular about adults and children in vulnerable circumstances, said ICO Head of Enforcement Steve Eckersley, ad... Read More

European Commission considering license for EU financial tech startups

(Mar 23, 2017) The European Commission is mulling a single EU-wide license permitting financial service-sector tech companies to operate all over Europe, Euractiv.com reports. A portion of the European Commission’s plan to raise the fintech sector is to create a special regulatory framework for the entire EU. The commission will be launching a public consultation on fintech, with the consultation documents addressing the large amount of data collected by the financial sector, and how startups base their busine... Read More