Infographic: Data protection and transfers if 'no-deal' Brexit

(Mar 22, 2019) With the U.K. expected to leave the EU imminently, organizations must plan now for data governance within the U.K. and for data transfers into and out of other jurisdictions. To help, the IAPP has created an infographic to assist privacy pros unsure of their obligations to learn more about where to focus efforts and resources in the case of a “no-deal” Brexit. Full Story ... Read More

Recapping the EDPB's GDPR enforcement overview

(Mar 22, 2019) Last month, the European Data Protection Board released its first overview of the implementation and enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation and the roles and means of the national supervisory authorities. The report indicates that the GDPR cooperation and consistency mechanisms are working quite well in practice due to the EDPB and national supervisory authorities’ ongoing efforts to facilitate collaboration and communication. Graham Blyth, CIPP/US, recaps the EDPB release in this... Read More

Notes from the IAPP Europe Managing Director, 22 March 2019

(Mar 21, 2019) Greetings from Brussels! The European Data Protection Board recently published an opinion on the intersection between the ePrivacy Directive and the GDPR with particular regard to the competencies, tasks and powers of the European data protection authorities. Suffice to say, given the uncertainty around the legislative future of ePrivacy, coupled with its permeating influence, the document is a worthwhile read for those of you — and you are many — involved in electronic communications and EU pe... Read More

Survey: Europeans lag behind US, Asian firms in privacy compliance

(Mar 21, 2019) A survey conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit reveals the U.S., China and Southeast Asia are better prepared and equipped to take on data privacy regulations compared to European nations, Business Insider Singapore reports. The EIU polled 250 executives across China, Southeast Asia, the U.S. and Western Europe. Respondents were asked to rank their levels of preparedness to face data privacy regulations and the likelihood they would adopt new measures in response to the rules. U.S. execut... Read More

EDPB hands down opinion on interplay between ePrivacy Directive, GDPR

(Mar 21, 2019) In reply to a request by the Belgian Data Protection Authority, the European Data Protection Board offered an opinion on the cooperation between the ePrivacy Directive and the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The EDPB examined the relevant sections of the ePrivacy Directive and the GDPR to show how the two rules coexist. Additionally, the opinion outlines the role of DPAs and discusses whether the use of cooperation and consistency mechanisms should be applied to data processing that trigg... Read More

Finland to investigate possible Nokia data breaches

(Mar 21, 2019) Finland's data protection ombudsman will investigate claims of data breaches by Nokia-branded phones, Reuters reports. Ombudsman Reijo Aarnio will explore allegations from Norway’s public broadcaster saying it had proof that the devices relayed data to China. The investigation will focus on whether personal information was involved in the alleged breaches and if that collection was for legal purposes.Full Story... Read More

Norwegian Consumer Council calls for IoT cybersecurity standards

(Mar 21, 2019) The Norwegian Consumer Council called for binding minimum requirements to be established for internet-connected devices following a survey that found 75 percent of citizens have concerns over the cybersecurity and privacy of connected devices, Telecompaper reports. The council has also urged Norwegian authorities to work with the European Commission to make internet-connected devices more secure. Consumer Director Inger Lise Blyverket said consumers' concerns were “not unfounded” and added that ... Read More

Brexit: Data Protection and Transfers, if “No Deal”

(Mar 21, 2019) With the U.K. expected to leave the EU imminently, organizations must plan now for data governance within the U.K., and for data transfers into and out of other jurisdictions. Take a look at this IAPP infographic to learn more about where to focus your efforts in the case of a “no deal” Brexit.Click to view as PDF ... Read More

Dutch minister seeks easier method to share criminal information

(Mar 21, 2019) Dutch Minister of Justice and Security Ferdinand Grapperhaus wants to make it easier to share information about criminals, even with strict privacy laws in place, reports. Grapperhaus is expected to receive advice from the Council of State on the best ways to share suspects’ information and comply with privacy rules. The minister plans to present a proposal on the topic sometime this spring. “So much can still be gained with the exchange of information. It just can not infringe on pri... Read More

Google to promote choice of browser, search engine for Android users

(Mar 21, 2019) After a fine from EU competition authorities earlier this week, Google plans to allow European Android users to select an alternative web browser and search engine for their phones, Telecompaper reports. Google was previously pairing its search app and Chrome browser with the Android system, which was considered an abuse of the company's dominant position in the search market. Other browsers and search engines were already available to Android users, but Google said its new policy "demonstrate[s... Read More