Data privacy

UK government releases IOT security code of practice

In a move praised by lawyers, the UK government has released a code of practice to help Internet of Things companies embed security into the design of their devices.

15 October 2018

CNIL adopts two standards for DPO certification

France’s CNIL has become the first data protection watchdog in Europe to adopt “absolutely necessary” standards for Data Protection Officer certification.

15 October 2018

No SCCs needed for data controllers governed by GDPR, ICO lawyer suggests

Ahead of expected European guidance on the extraterritorial scope of the GDPR, the general counsel of the UK’s data watchdog has suggested that data transfers to third countries that haven’t been granted an adequacy decision will be unrestricted if the recipient is already subject to EU rules.

12 October 2018

Canada’s privacy watchdog seeks clarity on right to be forgotten

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has asked a federal court to clarify whether Google is subject to national privacy law – a decision which may establish a right to be forgotten.

12 October 2018

Google facing class action and possible probes over Google+ vulnerability

Google is facing a California class action and potential investigations by enforcers in the US and Europe after revealing that a bug in its social media platform Google+ compromised data of 500,000 users.

11 October 2018

US privacy advocates call for enhanced enforcer powers

Privacy advocates called for the US to enact GDPR-style federal privacy legislation, backing increased powers for enforcers or even the establishment of a standalone data protection authority at a Senate hearing yesterday.

11 October 2018

UK supermarket liable for data leak as an employer, lawyer argues

Counsel to claimants against Morrisons has told the Court of Appeal of England and Wales that a data leak by a rogue employee falls under common law rather than data protection statute, as the supermarket was not the data controller when the conduct occurred.

10 October 2018

Swiss data protection chief fights tax data-sharing scheme

Switzerland’s federal data protection commissioner has issued a complaint to a federal court over a scheme that shares financial information with foreign authorities to aid tax evasion investigations.

10 October 2018

Lawyer highlights “different mindset” of Australian consumer data right

An Australian lawyer has noted that the incoming Australian consumer data right has a different philosophy to data subject rights under more typical privacy rules.

10 October 2018

EDPB criticises e-Evidence proposals

The European Data Protection Board has said pre-existing measures currently protect privacy more effectively than proposed legislation designed to ease access of electronic evidence across EU member state borders.

10 October 2018

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