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Article 29 Working Party Reports on Cookie Sweep Results

On February 3, 2015, the Article 29 Working Party published a report on a sweep of 478 websites across eight EU Member States (Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom). The sweep was conducted to assess compliance with Article 5.3 of the e-Privacy Directive 2002/58/EC, as amended by 2009/136/EC.… Continue Reading

Article 29 Working Party Clarifies Scope of Health Data Processed by Lifestyle and Wellbeing Apps

On February 5, 2015, the Article 29 Working Party published a letter that responds to a request of the European Commission to clarify the scope of health data processed by lifestyle and wellbeing apps. In the letter, the Working Party identifies the criteria to determine when personal data qualifies as "health data," and provides recommendations on the treatment of health data in the proposed EU Regulation.… Continue Reading

German DPA Appeals Court Decision on Facebook Fan Pages and Suggests Clarification by ECJ on Data Controllership

On January 14, 2015, the data protection authority of the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein issued an appeal challenging a September 4, 2014 decision by the Administrative Court of Appeals, which held that companies using Facebook’s fan pages cannot be held responsible for data protection law violations committed by Facebook because the companies do not have any control over the use of the data. … Continue Reading

Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner Publishes Guidance on Cross-Border Data Transfers

On December 29, 2014, the Hong Kong Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data published guidance on the protection of personal data in cross-border data transfers. The Guidance Note was released in light of the Privacy Commissioner's renewed focus on the legal restrictions governing cross-border data transfers in Hong Kong, which have not yet gone into effect.… Continue Reading

Industry, Privacy Advocates Join Microsoft to Protect Customer Emails in Foreign Servers

On December 15, 2014, Microsoft reported the filing of 10 amicus briefs in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals signed by leading technology and media companies, computer scientists and trade associations and advocacy organizations, in support of Microsoft's litigation to resist a U.S. Government's search warrant purporting to compel the production of Microsoft customer emails that are stored in Ireland.… Continue Reading

Centre for Information Policy Leadership Discusses Privacy Risk Management at the OECD Working Party on Security and Privacy in the Digital Economy

Former UK Information Commissioner and Centre for Information Policy Leadership Global Strategy Advisor Richard Thomas was invited to make a presentation at a roundtable on Privacy Risk Management and Next Steps at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 37th meeting of the Working Party on Security and Privacy in the Digital Economy. … Continue Reading
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