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Data Protection Leader

Volume: 7 Issue: 6
(June 2010)


A third-party assessment of the functionality of the 'gslite' source code used by Google when collecting data for its Street View service puts the search engine giant 'at risk of criminal prosecution', according to non-governmental organisation Privacy International. / read more

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) will issue an opinion on the review of the EU data protection legal framework, according to its 2010 'inventory', published on 7 June. / read more

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) launched a consultation on 11 May which will examine whether introducing an opt-in mechanism for telemarketing would tackle rising consumer complaints about unsolicited communications. / read more


Given the current flurry of activity at the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), one could be forgiven for missing some of the action. From publicising its brand new enforcement powers to dealing with the overwhelming number of security breaches reported, the UK data protection regulator is keeping itself busy. / read more

The Irish High Court confirmed the legality of Eircom's graduated response - the three strikes rule - against illegal downloading and file sharing, whereby a user's internet access is disconnected after receiving two letters of warning. This makes Ireland the first country in the world to implement such a procedure. Carol Plunkett and Rebecca Coyle, of William Fry Solicitors, discuss the findings of the Court and the data protection implications of the ruling. / read more

As part of its civil liberties agenda, the new Conservative-Liberal Coalition Government in the UK has put forward measures to repeal 'unnecessary' legislation such as the national ID cards scheme. Nick Tyler, formerly Chief Legal Adviser at the ICO and Global Privacy Counsel at AstraZeneca, discusses the interaction between data privacy protection in the private and public sectors, and identifies the UK's position in relation to other European Member States when it comes to human rights (and privacy) protection. / read more

A popular outsourcing destination, India started amending its legal framework in 2000 - with the enactment of the Information Technology Act - to introduce data protection requirements for companies that process personal data. Vakul Sharma, Advocate of the Supreme Court of India, examines the provisions of the Information Technology Act - subsequently amended in 2008 - in the backdrop of the jurisprudence of the Supreme Court. / read more

With a rapidly expanding online database of health information, Spain's e-Health initiatives are revolutionising the national health system. Rafael García Del Poyo, Partner at Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo Abogados, examines the recent developments and their ramifications for data protection. / read more

The Data Protection Bill 2009 was passed by the Malaysian Parliament last month, and is expected to come into force in the near future. Charmayne Ong, Partner at Skrine in Kuala Lumpur, examines the main changes about to be brought into the Malaysian legal framework by the Bill - the first to regulate data protection on a general basis. / read more

A draft bill recently introduced by Congressmen Boucher and Stearns in the US is causing ripples in the online advertising industry, where concerns have been voiced about how the bill would cripple online commerce. Lisa Sotto and Rachel St John, from Hunton & Williams, examine the provisions of the bill. / 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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