Mike BradfordMike Bradford, BIIA’s expert adviser on privacy and regulatory affairs, comments on a number of key data protection issues in his latest regulatory update:

  • EU data protection regulation to be concluded by May 2015: Jean-Claude Juncker, the new President of the European Commission has tasked the Vice President for the Digital Single Market with the conclusion of negotiations on the EU data protection regulation and the review of the US safe harbor arrangements, by the end of April 2015.
  • National Parliaments raise pressure on data protection: 16 EU Member States have called upon the EU to quickly adopt the legislative package on data protection. A joint declaration said it was essential that the adoption happened before 2015.
  • Credit reference data handling: The Information Commissioner’s Office has praised the credit reference industry on its data handling having reviewed the three main agencies – Experian, Equifax and CallCredit. A report has been published focussing on the accuracy of personal data processed by the agencies (see details above).
  • Mobile apps failure to provide privacy information: A survey of over 1,200 mobile apps has been conducted by 26 privacy regulators across the world showing that a number of apps process large amounts of personal information without explaining how the information is used.
  • ‘Big Data’ and EU privacy law: The Article 29 Working Party has adopted a statement on the impact of the development of Big Data and how it impacts on compliance with EU Privacy law.
  • Right to be Forgotten: The European Commission has issued a fact sheet in relation to the Google ruling with the intention of dispelling misconceptions about the Right to be Forgotten
  • ‘Cookie law’ reform: The EU cookie laws are likely to be revisited after Jen-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, has request further reforms to be pursued.
  • Recent data breaches
  • EU Update: This is highly relevant for our European members and we strongly recommend that you read this latest update. 

To read the entire Newsletter click on this link:  Sep-14-newsletter

For further information contact: Mike Bradford, Regulatory Strategies