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Data Protection Leader

Volume: 9 Issue: 5
(May 2012)


With May being our 100th issue, we are delighted to present a special edition, with a selection of leading privacy experts writing on this month's theme: the Future of Data Protection. / read more

The Finnish Data Protection Ombudsman (DPA) released - on 24 April - an accountability tool entitled the 'Data Balance Sheet' (DBS) which aims to help private companies and public bodies assess their data processing practices. / read more

The International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications issued - on 24 April - a 'Working Paper on Cloud Computing - Privacy and data protection issues', which examines the processing of data in cloud computing environments. 'There is still uncertainty in relation to cloud computing, especially when it concerns privacy, data protection and other legal issues', reads the Guide. / read more


Not that long ago, reading this article (let alone writing it) would have been regarded as nerdy. Data protection used to be seen as arcane and irrelevant to businesses and ordinary people. Introducing yourself as a data protection lawyer or a privacy professional was a recipe for embarrassment and a sure way of getting some funny looks. / read more

On 25 January 2012, the EU Commission unveiled the proposed Data Protection Regulation; shortly after, on 23 February, the US White House released the blueprint for a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. Christopher Wolf, Partner at Hogan Lovells and Founder and co-Chair of the Future of Privacy Forum, and Julian Flamant, Policy Fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum, discuss how the shifting privacy approaches in the EU and the US lean towards interoperability and harmonisation. / read more

András Jóri, former Data Protection and Freedom of Information Commissioner of Hungary, examines the journey towards convergence of data protection laws in Europe and the world, and how the current European landscape - with the differences in privacy cultures from one end of the continent to the other - accomodates this concept. Mr. Jóri also describes his position on the role of the European Data Protection Board when the new European Regulation comes into effect, and how harmonisation would be achievable and sustainable. Finally, he shares his thoughts on the challenges of striking a balance between data protection and freedom of information. / read more

As consumers increasingly turn to smart mobile devices for their communication needs, the question of whether or not to regulate privacy practices in the mobile ecosystem has emerged as a pivotal question for regulators on both sides of the Atlantic. / read more

It is clear to everyone involved with data protection law that this area of law is undergoing very fundamental change. Not just as a result of the two legislative proposals presented on 25 January 2012 by the EU Commission, but also because the area of data protection/data privacy in recent years has undergone massive growth and become subject to ever-increasing complexity. Christian Wiese Svanberg, Danish Ministry of Justice and Co-Chair of the EU Council Working Group on Data Protection, shares his remarks on the legislative deliberations so far on the Commission's proposed General Data Protection Regulation. / read more

Over the last 18 months, policymakers around the world have engaged in efforts to review and revise privacy and data protection law, regulation and guidance. These initiatives respond to dramatic and fast-paced changes in information technologies, data-driven business models, the ubiquitous collection and use of information, and advances in powerful analytics and cloud services - all of which challenge long-held beliefs about how best to responsibly manage information and mitigate against the risks its uses raise for individuals. Fueling these changes is the ability to quickly move and access data anywhere in the world, to store and process it remotely, and to make it available for use when and for the purposes it is needed. Paula Bruening, Vice President - Global Policy at the Centre for Information Policy at Hunton & Williams LLP, discusses the challenges of diverse data privacy regimes, and how interoperability and accountability could work in practice, among others. / read more

Personal data is the currency of today's digital market, and like any currency, it needs stability and trust. Only if consumers can 'trust' that their data is well protected, will they continue to entrust businesses and authorities with it, buy online, and accept new services. Georgina Nelson - Lawyer at Which?, a consumer protection organisation - discusses the reality of the online marketplace, the privacy bargains involved, and how consumers' personal data is valued. / 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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