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The French Data Protection Authority unveils its agenda and targets for inspections in 2012

This post was written by Cynthia O’Donoghue. The French Data Protection Authority (the “CNIL”) issued a press release 19 April 2012 detailing its planned enforcement agenda for the coming year. The CNIL announced that it intends to conduct around 450 on-site inspections during 2012, with particular focus on six specific themes. The CNIL will also … Continue Reading

ICO Information Rights Strategy 2012 – UK regulator identifies information security as continuing priority while targeting Financial Services, Health and Telecoms/New Media for close attention

This post was written by Nick Tyler. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK’s data protection and freedom of information regulator, has launched a high level “Information Rights Strategy”. In it, the ICO identifies the following priority areas: Internet and mobile services; health; credit and finance; criminal justice; and information security. The ICO will focus on … Continue Reading

UK High Court challenges ICO’s view on the scope of “domestic purposes” exemption – UK data protection regulator may now be expected to intervene and stop unlawful publication of offensive material on the Internet

This post was also written by Nick Tyler. In a decision with potentially far-reaching consequences for the UK data protection regulator, a High Court Judge, Tugendhat J., questioned the legal basis upon which the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) declined to take action to stop the publication of defamatory and offensive material on the website solicitorsfromhell.co.uk. … Continue Reading

Predictions on the New EU Data Protection Law

Richard Thomas, the former UK Information Commissioner predicted that the European Commission will issue a regulation rather than a directive as part of the overhaul of the EU data protection directive. Under EU law a regulation has immediate legal effect whereas a directive requires the EU member states to enact implementing legislation. The issuance of … Continue Reading

‘The Four Pillars of Wisdom’? EU Commissioner’s speech signals key areas for reform of EU privacy rights

This post was written by Nick Tyler. In a recent speech, Viviane Reding, the EU Commissioner with responsibility for European Union data protection policy identified ‘four pillars’ upon which the privacy rights of EU citizens “need to be built” so that individuals’ have more control over their personal data in today’s online world. Reforming EU data … Continue Reading

Consumer Privacy Issues Abound in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

This post was also written by Chris Cwalina and Amy Mushahwar. With President Obama scheduled to sign the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act this week, the financial services industry faces a rapidly changing regulatory environment.  While a great deal of attention has been paid to the significant restructuring of the financial services regulatory regime, … Continue Reading
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