Mike BradfordMike Bradford, Regulatory Strategies and BIIA expert on privacy and data protection, provides the latest EU update from Regulatory Strategies’ partner, Newgate Public Relations, in Brussels, and provides an insight into the progress of the EU’s draft data protection regulation.

While progress has been described as ‘painfully slow’ by some stakeholders, the European Commission issued a press release entitled “Full Speed on EU Data Protection Reform”. Viviane Reding, The EU’s Justice Commissioner stated on the 27th January (ahead of Data Protection Day on 28th January):

“Data protection in the European Union is a fundamental right. Europe already has the highest level of data protection in the world. With the EU data protection reform which was proposed exactly two years ago – in January 2012 – Europe has the chance to make these rules a global gold standard.

These rules will benefit citizens who want to be able to trust online services, and the small and medium sized businesses looking at a single market to more than 500 million consumers as an untapped opportunity. The European Parliament has led the way by voting overwhelmingly in favour of these rules. I wish to see full speed on data protection in 2014”.

Vivian Reding has said that the EU-US “safe-harbor” agreement would be suspended if the US fails to take “legislative action before the summer.” The EU Justice Commissioner has said that Safe Harbor needs to be repaired further to revelations about surveillance activities of the US National Security Agency.

EU Warns US about Data Protection: 

Vivian Reding has said that the EU-US “safe-harbor” agreement would be suspended if the US fails to take “legislative action before the summer.” The EU Justice Commissioner has said that Safe Harbor needs to be repaired further to revelations about surveillance activities of the US National Security Agency.

The Commission has made 13 recommendations to improve aspects of improving Safe Harbor.

Data Breach Trends:

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has updated its site to who the statistics for data breaches reported to them between April and December 2013. The update shows an increase of 25% being reported to the ICO in the third quarter than the first.

The health sector continues to report more incidents than any other sector. However, the Government requires NHS organisations to self-report data breaches. Local government, education, solicitors/ barristers and charities also featured among the sectors reporting the highest number of breaches.

Other Items of Interest:

  • Personal device at work policies
  • The ICO has withdrawn its guidance regarding “Filing defaults with credit reference agencies’. This reflects the ICO’s approach to encourage industry to create its own guidance.
  • Recent data protection breaches:  Investigation company fined

To read the full update and other key data protection issues click on this link

To read the full update and other key data protection issues click on this link:  Jan-14-newsletter