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Data Protection Leader

Volume: 12 Issue: 3
(March 2015)


The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) released, on 2 March 2015, his 2015-2019 Strategy (‘the Strategy’), foreseeing the strategic objectives to be achieved and the actions to be taken in the next five years. / read more

The Korean National Assembly passed, on 3 March 2015, an Act on the Development of Cloud Computing and Protection of Users (‘the Act’). The Act aims to enhance the country’s competitiveness in the industry by allowing private cloud service adoption in the public sector, boost investment in research and build legislation for an adequate protection of cloud users’ data. / read more

Data Protection Law & Policy confirmed, on 17 March 2015, that the Russian Internet Ombudsman, Dmitry Marinichev, sent a letter this month to President Vladimir Putin proposing that foreign online companies be allowed to store Russians’ personal data in a third country if consent from the user is obtained. / read more


Talking about data being the new oil has become a bit of a cliché. Nonetheless, on a recent trip to the Middle East, it did not escape me that the locals definitely see it that way. Discussing the value of data and how to protect it with Abu Dhabi government officials is quite an eye opener. That part of the world is not particularly known for its strict regulation of personal data or the application of fair processing principles. With its all too visible oil-fuelled economy, crazy architecture and ambitious outlook, one could be forgiven for thinking that the Middle East cares little about privacy and data protection. However, the opposite is true, as any country seeking to embrace the information economy is likely to be looking at the most effective ways of protecting data. The point here is that in the same way that internet technology is seen as an enabler of progress, governments around the world are actively considering how to look after the data that fuels that progress. / read more

Information is one of the most valuable and controversial tools of modern life. Without data it is difficult to imagine modern business thriving; to quote the words of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, ‘Data, data, data. I can’t make bricks without clay!’ Laura Scaife, Associate at Addleshaw Goddard, looks at the rise in the amount of data produced by social network sites, the regulation surrounding profiling and advertising, and the commercial value in unlocking the same. / read more

Nowadays, data protection authorities, car manufacturers and service providers find themselves in a general debate on whether new devices and services delivered in modern connected cars can guarantee enough data protection for their users. Boris Reibach, Attorney at Scheja & Partner Rechtsanwälte and external Data Protection Officer for numerous companies, explains the nature, ownership and justification of data collected from connected vehicles within the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC (‘the Directive’) framework. / read more

On the 3 December 2014 the Adhoc Committee on Data Protection (‘CAHDATA’) released a draft amending protocal (‘the Draft Protocol’) on the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to the Processing of Personal Data, commonly known as Convention 108 (‘the Convention’). Griet Verhenneman and Fanny Coudert, both legal researchers in the Interdisciplinary Center for Law and ICT at KU Leuven, examine the changes contained in the Draft Protocol and assess the ramifications of these suggested amendments on the Convention’s status as a global privacy standard. / read more

Jill A. Phillips, Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) at General Motors (GM), discusses her role as part of this latest monthly feature for Data Protection Law & Policy, which provides an in-house perspective on privacy. / read more

In 2009 Kenya published the first draft privacy bill of the East African Community. Tanzania and Uganda have since followed. The draft bills represent progress in the most unregulated area of the continent for data protection. Patricia Boshe, Advocate and Lecturer at the Open University of Tanzania, examines the content of the bills. / read more

Technology has revolutionised the way we work, transforming everything from where businesses market their products and services through to how they interact with their customers. But while it offers huge opportunities, it also introduces new risks. Cyber attacks, system failures and data security breaches can cost an organisation millions of pounds in lost revenue, reputational damage and legal expenses. James Tuplin, TMT Portfolio Manager at QBE, examines the rise of cyber threats, their impact on business, and the development of cyber insurance policies as a means of mitigating loss and damage. / read more

The Justice and Home Affairs Council (‘the Council’) reached, on 13 March 2015, a partial general approach on the one stop shop principle (‘OSS’), under the draft General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’). The Council’s aim is to establish a mechanism to arrive at a single supervisory decision in ‘important transnational cases,’ which should, ‘ensure consistent application, provide legal certainty and reduce administrative burden. Data Protection Law and Policy canvassed the views from leaders in privacy field about the potential impact of this development. / 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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