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Data Protection Leader

Volume: 11 Issue: 4
(April 2014)


The EU Article 29 Working Party (WP29) adopted – on 10 April 2014 – Opinion 05/2014 on Anonymisation Techniques ('the Opinion') evaluating common anonymisation techniques, stating that those tested 'fail to meet with certainty the criteria of effective anonymisation.' In absence of the perfect solution, the WP29 advocates using a combination of techniques and outlines recommendations to consider when anonymising data. / read more

The Canadian Government introduced - on 8 April 2014 - Bill S-4 (the Digital Privacy Act) in the Senate. If passed, it would reform the Personal Information and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). Amendments would require organisations to notify individuals and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) in the event of a data breach, with the possibility of incurring fines up to CAN $100,000 for failure to notify. / read more

On 28 February 2014, the State Post Bureau of the People's Republic of China (SPB) approved the Postal and Delivery Service Users’ Personal Information Security Regulations, the Undeliverable and Returned Shipment Regulations, and the Postal Industry Information Reporting and Processing Requirements. / read more


On the footsteps of the first same-sex weddings finally taking place in the UK, the prolific Article 29 Working Party (WP29) appears to have injected a bit of wedding-related folklore into its own opinions lately. For the past weeks, the group of EU data protection authorities - which seems to be gaining more and more influence irrespective of the delays affecting the new EU privacy framework - has expressed strong views on a number of crucial issues. Although it is possible to imagine what has led the WP29 to choose those particular topics, the relationship between them is not immediately obvious. They all have important implications for the future of privacy of course, but what doesn't? Perhaps the WP29 was simply trying to send us a wedding-themed reminder by dealing with something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. / read more

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) declared the EU Data Retention Directive (2006/24/EC) ('the Directive') invalid on 8 April 2014 in joined cases Digital Rights Ireland and Seitlinger and Others (C-293/12, C-594/12) ('the judgment'), following the Advocate General's (AG) Opinion, delivered on 12 December 2013. In this roundtable, we invite key stakeholders and experts to share their opinion on the judgment and the future of EU data retention. / read more

Brazil’s Marco Civil da Internet, has been hotly debated over the past year, and its latest version was ratified by President Dilma Rousseff on 23 April 2014, following passage through the House of Representatives and the Senate on 22 March and 22 April respectively. Driven at least in part by the Snowden revelations, the President previously requested the Marco Civil be treated with constitutional urgency last year. The newest version of the Marco Civil has risen from the ashes of previous scrutiny with added data protection and privacy provisions, making it the closest the country has to a data protection law currently. Rodrigo d’Avila Mariano, Partner at Chiarottino e Nicoletti Advogados, examines the provisions of the Marco Civil and what they mean for businesses. / read more

Cyber insurance may be gaining more ground in the popular imagination but it is not a new concept. There is a thriving cyber insurance market in the US and markets outside the US are beginning to take off too. There are several reasons for this not least of which is the rapidly evolving legislative and regulatory environment. Nigel Pearson, Global Head of Fidelity Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE, provides insight and assessment to the current cyber insurance trend. / read more

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, the Chairwoman of the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) was elected as the Chairwoman of the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) on 27 February 2014. Frances Chen, from Data Protection Law & Policy and DataGuidance, interviewed the Chairwoman to learn her thoughts on issues affecting the EU data protection landscape and her goals for her two-year term. The recording of this interview is available on DataGuidance's Thought Leaders in Privacy webinar series, please check the website for more information and access the webinar ( / read more

Former Data Protection Commissioner of Hungary - Dr András Jóri - shares his thoughts on the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Commission v Hungary (C-288/12) and reflects on the incident which ultimately prematurely terminated his term as the Data Protection Commissioner of Hungary. / read more

In the privacy sphere, how to protect the ‘data’ in ‘Big Data’ has been hanging over privacy professionals’ minds since the concept of Big Data first came into the equation. While industry experts and observers continue to debate on whether data truly is the new oil, companies must seize every opportunity presented by Big Data and tackle the unforeseen data protection challenges with minimum disruption to their commercial activities, but how? Mike Bradford, Founder & Director Regulatory Strategies Ltd, shares his thoughts on how to strategise your business in the age of Big Data. / 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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