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Data Protection Leader

Volume: 5 Issue: 7
(July 2008)


Google has responded to privacy concerns about the launch of its 'Street View' application in Europe, which allows 360 degree street level imagery, by implementing 'face blurring' technology to anonymise people and licence plates. / read more

The UK High Court will consider whether News Group Newspapers ran a calculated risk in describing video footage of Max Mosely, President of the Fédération Internationale de L'Automobile, as a 'sick Nazi orgy' to justify its publication on public interest grounds. / read more

The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has appointed RAND Europe to suggest, by April 2009, ways in which the Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC) can be modernised, amid fears that it is 'no longer fit for purpose', it announced on 7 July. / read more


The UK Information Commissioner and the Data Protection Unit of the European Commission are often seen as being at opposite ends of the regulatory policies spectrum. Perhaps this is not always fair, but the UK Commissioner is normally regarded as a pragmatist who can balance privacy rights with flexible data uses, whilst the EU Commission seems to be more comfortably positioned on the side of individuals whose data must be protected at all cost. However, recent developments have brought the two significantly closer, as both institutions are now looking into what - if anything needs to be changed to make the 1995 data protection Directive more effective. / read more

A number of high profile data breaches have emphasised the need to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998. Sarah Needham, a Solicitor at Macfarlanes LLP, explains the enforcement mechanisms - including the Information Commissioner's Information Notices, Enforcement Notices and Undertakings - and how the system is set to change in relation to financial penalties when section 55A of the Data Protection Act 1998 comes into force. / read more

The European Commission recently recognised that Jersey provides adequate protection for personal data transferred from European Union Member States to 'third countries'. Wendy Benjamin, a Partner in the Corporate & Commercial Practice Group at Appleby Global, examines the implications and compares Jersey's data protection regulations with those of other offshore jurisdictions. / read more

The Financial Services Authority's Report on Data Security in Financial Services, published in April, reviewed the data security systems and controls of 39 firms and concluded that many are still failing to identify all aspects of security risk. Tim Wright, a Partner and Dominic Hodgkinson, an Associate in the Global Sourcing and Privacy Department of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, discuss the main points of the Report and provide practical guidance on to how to manage the risk of data loss or theft. / read more

High on the agenda for any company merger should be data protection compliance. Lisa Wiseman, a Data Protection Manager at Egg Banking/Citi UK, takes a look at some of the risks, how to avoid them and the changing role of the Data Protection Officer. / read more

At a meeting of Data Protection Authorities in Federal and Pluri-National States organised by the Catalan Data Protection Authority (APDCAT) in May, international data protection experts met to discuss the data protection structure, the independence of control authorities and to analyse the security versus private life issue. Mercè Jante from the APDCAT highlights the main discussion points. / read more

From March 2009, provisions regarding retention of communications data over internet protocol under the Data Retention Directive will come into force in the UK. David Helps, Vice President Products at Coppereye, explains how this will require telecommunications companies to make a decision between storing such data themselves, or outsourcing data storage to a third party. / 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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