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European Commission Unveils ‘Data Economy Package’ – What’s included and how could it impact the information sector?

On January 10, 2017, the European Commission unveiled the “last major Digital Single Market initiatives” addressing Europe’s digital future.  These initiatives comprise the following: A proposal for a Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (E-Privacy Regulation) A Communication on “Building a European Data Economy” and A Communication on exchanging and protecting personal data in a globalized world. This article has ... Read More »

Forrester Research Introduces Forrester’s 2016 Interactive Data Privacy Heat Map

To help security and risk professionals navigate the complex landscape of privacy laws around the world, Forrester created a data privacy heat map that highlights the data protection guidelines and practices for 54 different countries. It also covers other relevant issues like government surveillance, cross-border data transfers, and regulatory enforcement.  Due to the dynamic nature of data protection legislation, we ... Read More »

Privacy Laws & Business 30th Anniversary International Conference at St. John’s College, Cambridge, 3-5 July 2017

Get an authoritative update on international data transfers, the EU-US Privacy Shield and adequacy by EU Commission speakers and other leading experts at Privacy Laws & Business 30th Anniversary International Conference at St. John’s College, Cambridge, 3-5 July 2017. Early bird registration with 20% discount until 14 February at www.privacylaws.com/annualconference Read More »

FICO Joins EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Program to Protect Clients’ Data

Silicon Valley analytics software firm FICO today announced that it has been accepted into the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield program, which requires FICO to agree to comply with EU data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the European Union to the United States.  Effective December 7, 2016, this voluntary self-certification declares FICO’s cooperation with the privacy program adopted jointly by ... Read More »

New China Cyber Security Law Comes with Data Protection Implications

On June 1, 2017, Chinese consumers and businesses, including financial institutions, will wake up to a more stringent set of rules regarding the creation and use of personal data. The new PRC Cybersecurity Law was passed after a third deliberation suggesting the extent to which the government sees the important of the Internet while recognizing the real threat posed it. ... Read More »

Veda to Refund Customers after OAIC Found it Breached Privacy Rules

The Australian Privacy Commissioner found Veda had breached privacy rules when it sold commercial products to consumers who simply wanted a copy of their credit report, which, by law, they’re able to access for free once a year. Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim said Veda “interfered” with the privacy of these customers by charging for “expedited” delivery of a credit report, even ... Read More »

Singapore Parliament Passes Law to Protect Consumer Credit Information

A new law will enable the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to further safeguard consumer credit information.  Under the Credit Bureau Bill, which Parliament passed recently, the MAS will be able to license and supervise credit bureaus that collect such information from banks and other financial institutions in Singapore, said Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and ... Read More »

Forrester Anayzes the Data Privacy Landscape of 54 Countries; EU Comes Out On Top

The complexity of data privacy regulations varies from country to country. For example countries like China* and Paraguay lack many of the foundational regulations found in most other countries, while many in Europe have a deep commitment to protecting individuals’ right to data privacy. In its new data privacy heat map, Forrester dissected the complex data privacy landscape with an interactive map ... Read More »

Data Protection: Data Strategies Are Not Keeping Up With Cloud Migration

Enterprise data protection strategies might not be fully aligned with IT modernization initiatives driven by cloud computing, according to a new report by research firm Vanson Bourne that was commissioned by file services platform provider Ctera Networks. The research shows that while enterprises continue to migrate workloads to the cloud at a fast pace, protection of cloud-based servers and applications has ... Read More »

Russia Blocks LinkedIn as a Result of Data Localization Requirement

In an unprecedented move, the Russian DPA, Roskomnadzor yesterday, 17 November, blocked access to the LinkedIn website in order to comply with a Moscow City Court ruling on 10 November. The court found that the company was in breach of the data localization laws.  The data localization provisions in the Russian law require websites to store personal data of Russian ... Read More »

Privacy: WhatsApp U-turn on Privacy Gets EU Challenge

A seismic shift in privacy policy by messaging app WhatsApp this summer, when it said it would begin sharing user data with parent company Facebook including for ad targeting, has now attracted the attention of European’s data protection watchdog group, the Article 29 Working Party. The WP29 group wrote to WhatsApp founder Jan Koum yesterday, setting out its concerns about the privacy ... Read More »