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Data Protection Leader

Volume: 6 Issue: 10
(October 2009)


Decree Nº 414/009, designed to extend and clarify Uruguay's data protection law - Law 18331 - was adopted by the Uruguay Executive on 31 August. / read more

The Dutch Telecoms Agency and the Dutch Data Protection Authority (CBP) signed a cooperation agreement on 15 September which will allow the two regulators to exchange information on telecoms data retention and destruction procedures. The agreement outlines the roles of the two regulators to prevent any 'overlap' in their competencies - their respective duties must be carried out 'efficiently and effectively', according to the agreement. / read more

Data Protection Law & Policy's half-day e-Privacy Directive Workshop will be held at the London offices of Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP (FFW) on 19 October. The Workshop will examine EU legislative changes affecting e-businesses, data breach notifications, cookies and email marketing. / read more


The fact that the Guardian newspaper broke the news about the Conservative Party's plans to address privacy and data protection issues - if they win the general election next year - is very telling. Stories about privacy intrusions, threatened civil liberties and data breaches are common in the Guardian, but on this occasion, a mainstream political party was deliberately seeking to put these issues on the electoral agenda - as a result, the party got a generous amount of coverage. What this means is that the UK government is now being challenged to go public about its strategic and long-term approach to privacy. / read more

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) recently announced that Facebook has agreed to add new privacy safeguards to the way it collects and stores the data of users, following an OPC investigation into the social networking site's privacy policies. Alex Cameron and Sarah Turney of Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP, examine how Facebook will amend its privacy policy to comply with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). / read more

The personal information of each patient is of vital importance to the National Health Service (NHS). It is through sharing information within the trusted environment of the patient-doctor relationship that we can achieve our national health service's ultimate goal of improving the outcome of every patient's care. / read more

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently published two directives clarifying the circumstances in which Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers can search travellers' computers and other electronic media at US ports of entry. Mary Ellen Callahan, Chief Privacy Officer at the DHS, discusses how the new directives are important policies in providing clarity associated with the DHS' border authority and examines how they will protect the civil liberties and privacy of all travellers. / read more

The 2007 Goodman case revealed that a UK journalist was involved in conspiring to intercept phone messages of members of the Royal Household. Dominic Edmondson, Solicitor at Gallant Macmillan, discusses how UK courts, Parliament and the press industry have adapted to revised regulation some three years after the case. / read more

The EU Commission launched a consultation in July in preparation for the review of the European Data Protection Directive. The consultation will address issues ranging from personal information protection to data transparency and regulation in the Member States. Francis Aldhouse, Consultant at Bird & Bird, examines the changes needed for data management to adapt to a more rights-focused European framework. / 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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