European Union:  Push for new Data Protection Regulation:  The EU Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, has issued a new appeal for Member States to place the Data Protection Regulation on the agenda of an EU summit in Autumn 2013.  Red­ing is keen to get the data protection package completed before the European Parliament elections in May 2014 after it has suffered a number of delays further to debate about the details of amendments.

A leaked document from the Irish Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers to the Data Protection Working party showed that the administrative fines to be introduced with new EU data protection regulation may be discretionary if the proposal is adopted.  The document suggests that instead of issued fines of up to 2% of global turnover for serious breaches of the Regulation, supervisory authorities could use their discretion and take factors into consideration such as:

The financial situation of the organization  –  Any previous infringements  –  Action taken by the organization to mitigate damage to consumers  –  In less serious cases a warning or nominal sanction may apply.

Guidance on Data Security

The ICO is understood to be in the process of producing new guidance for organisations on the issue of IT security. The guidance should set out guidelines on the technical measures organisations take to ensure that comply with data protection rules.

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Mike BradfordSource:  Regulatory Strategies
Mike Bradford is BIIA’s Expert on Privacy and Data Protection. He can be reached at: