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Data Protection Leader

Volume: 11 Issue: 1
(January 2014)


The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced - on 21 January 2014 - that 12 US businesses from a wide range of sectors, including accounting, health and pharmaceutical, data security and mobile app developers, have agreed to settle charges that they deceptively claimed to be adhering to the US-EU Safe Harbor Framework. / read more

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) will extract patients' data from GP practices - from Spring 2014 - and sell it to 'any organisation' that meets 'the conditions for the release' of that information. According to the HSCIC, such data will only be made available in anonymised, pseudonymised or aggregated form and it will be provided 'where the data will be used to benefit the health and social care system'. / read more

Following DataGuidance's webinar on Cybersecurity and Data Incidents, which took place on 21 January 2014, we have put together five key takeaways. / read more


What does a privacy compliance programme for the future look like? To put it more precisely, if you are a privacy professional with responsibility for ensuring that your organisation meets the privacy demands of constantly evolving technology and ever more valuable data in a global environment, what should be your top priorities? Answer these questions correctly and everyone will win. Get them wrong and an absolutely critical issue will turn into a major risk. / read more

With the European Cybersecurity and Payment Services 2 Directives and the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework all moving forward in 2014, Stewart Room, Partner at Field Fisher Waterhouse, considers why data security is so important and how regulators can promote better security standards. / read more

On 21 October 2013, the long awaited vote and subsequent adoption of the amendments to the proposed draft European General Data Protection Regulation (‘the Regulation’), was held by the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee. Helen Allen, Privacy & Data Protection Officer at Direct Line Group, examines the use of profiling by insurance firms and the potential impact of the Regulation on the industry. / read more

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been an active enforcer of consumer privacy rights and 2014 will be no exception. With a number of planned workshops and initiatives on the horizon, the FTC will undoubtedly continue to be a driving force in the US, and internationally. Jim Halpert and Kate Lucente, Partner and Associate at DLA Piper respectively, examine the FTC’s focus for 2014 to give an idea of what we can expect to see. / read more

The rollout of the signature project of Australia's eHealth strategy, the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records (PCEHR), has had a lacklustre start. The vision of the $1 billion PCEHR project was to ‘enhance healthcare by enabling access to the right information, for the right person at the right time and right place.’ Unfortunately, one year after the launch of the project this vision is far from being realised, as Alec Christie and Jaimie Wolbers of DLA Piper, Australia explain. / read more

“Data is the new oil” - This statement by Neelie Kroes in 2011 has since been on everyone’s mind and with the constant development of new technologies, the importance of data has grown dramatically over the past few years and in recognition of this it seems that we have now entered into a new era: the era of Big Data. William Long and Geraldine Scali, Partner and Associate respectively at Sidley Austin LLP explore the potential data protection issues that may arise. / read more

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) released two consultations towards the end of 2013: ‘Our new approach to data protection concerns,’ which closes on 31 January 2014, and ‘Looking ahead, staying ahead: Towards a 2020 vision for information rights,’ which ends on 7 February 2014. The two consultation documents seek the public to comment on the ICO’s ‘regulatory responsibilities’ in a time of increasing budgetary difficulties. Francis Aldhouse, Consultant at Bird and Bird, examines the consultations and the road ahead for the ICO. / read more

Today’s young generation are born into an increasingly-connected world, with a wide variety of digital communications at their fingertips, such as social media and digital messaging services. The proliferation of mobile devices means that the new generation of netizens is always online generating user data. But how aware is the everyday adolescent of privacy concerns? Marion Underwood, Professor at The University of Texas at Dallas explores the psychology behind the new generation’s engagement with the world. / read more

Questions still loom over the future of the European Data Protection Reform, as the proposed General Data Protection Regulation remains in trilogue between the European Commission, Council of Europe and European Parliament. Povilas Drižas comments on his time as Chairman of the data protection Working Group during the Lithuanian Presidency of July - December 2013, on the successes and stand-offs around the Data Protection Reform and its outlook. / read more

About Data Protection Leader:

The monthly law publication which covers all aspects of data protection and data privacy. Topics covered include data transfers and outsourcing, data localisation and retention, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the e-Privacy Directive, data security, marketing and behavioural advertising, consent, employee monitoring, privacy compliance, risk management, DPO responsibilities, accountability, Privacy by Design, acquisition and mergers, the Internet of Things, cloud computing and Big Data / read more

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