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Data Protection Leader

Volume: 2 Issue: 9
(September 2005)


Information Commissioners attending the 27 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners unanimously adopted on September 16 the Montreux Declaration, which calls for the development of a universal convention for the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data. / read more

The EU Commission has adopted a revised draft of the controversial Data Retention Directive, citing the urgency 'to adopt harmonised provisions at EU level' on the retention of communications traffic data. / read more

The State of New York has signed a bill into law requiring companies and governments to notify customers in instances where confidential information has been exposed to possible identity thieves. / read more


The fact that representatives of some 40 data protection authorities from all over the world are able to get together in the same place and at the same time is very impressive. But agreeing to try and influence global politics at the highest possible level shows an incredible amount of confidence. It may have taken 27 international conferences to get to this point, but the succinct Montreux Declaration regarding the protection of personal data and privacy in a globalised world summarises the ambitions of every single data protection professional - not just regulators - in a spectacular fashion. / read more

Recent terrorist attacks have led to heated debate on the need for a pan-European data retention law. With the European Parliament rejecting the latest proposal, Tim Hill of the Law Society explains why further consultation is needed. / read more

The French Information Commission's rejection of company whistleblowing hotlines required under Sarbanes Oxley highlights potential conflicts between European and US laws. Nigel Wildish, partner at Field Fisher Waterhouse examines the case and the position in other member states. / read more

Recent cases in the US resulting in multi-million pound damages awards have highlighted the dangers of weak data retention and management procedures. Bridget Treacy , a partner with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, examines developing coherent and effective compliance strategies. / read more

To promote ideas and dialogue around creating meaningful and strong privacy protections for today, Microsoft has published a white paper outlining strategies for compliance with EU data privacy regulation. The White paper was written by Peter Fleischer, director of regulatory affairs for Microsoft EMEA and this article is an abbreviated version of his comments. / read more

The controversy surrounding the Governor of the Banca D'Italia has highlighted the increasing use of phone tapping by Italian investigating authorities. Michael Poole, a lawyer at Abbat escianni Studio Legale e Tributario in Milan examines the current law and its proposed changes. / 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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