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Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 15 September 2014

The Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection & Cyber Security team is pleased to share with you a weekly alert on data privacy issues.This week’s alert covers news from the UK, EU, Germany, Ireland, Singapore and the international community. United Kingdom ICO Serves Enforcement Notice to Halt Nuisance Calls Guidance on Cloud Computing Issued by ICO … Continue Reading

Increased Cybersecurity Activity by U.S. Congress and Regulatory Institutions

With the increasing number of incidents related to cybersecurity and data privacy, we have also seen an increased amount of activity on these topics from Congress and various regulatory institutions in the U.S.  This activity no doubt will have an impact on both U.S. and global businesses. For example, both the House and Senate have taken significant action … Continue Reading

French Data Protection Authority Given New Powers to Conduct Online Investigations

Recently, a new consumer law was passed in France that gave the French Data Protection Authority, the CNIL, expanded powers to perform online compliance inspections.  Previously, the CNIL’s powers of investigation were limited to on-site inspections, document reviews and hearings. The CNIL is now authorised to carry out remote investigations on the internet to identify breaches … Continue Reading

French Data Protection Authority Investigation Programme for 2014

The French Data Protection Authority, the CNIL, has published its annual investigation program for 2014. The CNIL anticipates carrying out a total of around 550 data breach investigations (350 on-site investigations and 200 online).  Priority topics will be: Data breach notification by electronic communications operators Online social dating networks Online payment (particularly the fight against fraud … Continue Reading

Update on sanctions imposed by the French Data Protection Authority

Following an investigation, the French Data Protection Authority, the CNIL, has imposed a significant fine for data protection breaches on a luxury car rental company.  The fine of €5000 was imposed for use of an unlawful GPS tracking system on rented cars.  The CNIL found the fine justified because, amongst other things, the tracking system … Continue Reading

Annual Activity Report Published By The French Data Protection Authority

The French Data Protection Authority, the CNIL, recently published its annual report reviewing its activities during 2013 and setting out its priorities for 2014.  The report shows that, during 2013: The number of complaints made to the CNIL fell overall to 5,640. Most of these related to requests to erase internet data;. 15 data security … Continue Reading

European Parliament cements its support for the new EU Data Protection Regulation

The European Parliament voted strongly in favour of the adoption of the new EU Data Protection Regulation in a plenary vote held last Wednesday (12 March 2014), with 621 votes in favour, 1 against and 22 abstentions. This vote was significant, as it means that the Parliament’s position is now set in stone and cannot … Continue Reading