Tag Archives: privacy impact assessments

Hong Kong Commissioner upgrades rules for processing biometric data

The Hong Kong Commissioner has published guidance (‘Guidance’) to assist data users in complying with Hong Kong’s privacy laws when processing biometric data, and takes a broader approach than previous guidance dealing with when and how biometric data may be handled by an organisation. Although no distinction is drawn between personal data and sensitive personal … Continue Reading

Spain’s AEPD Publishes Draft Privacy Impact Assessment Guide

On 17 March, the Spanish data protection agency (la Agencia Española de Protección de Datos – AEPD) published a draft privacy impact assessment guide (Evaluación del Impacto en materia de Protección de Datos Personales). At the same time, the AEPD has initiated a public consultation, open until 25 April, to garner opinion and comments on … Continue Reading

Information Commissioner’s Office issues updated code of practice on conducting Privacy Impact Assessments

In February, the UK Information Commission’s Office (ICO) issued an updated code of practice on conducting Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA), with a six-point process for organisations to follow (the Code). A PIA is intended to focus the attention of an organisation on the way that data is held and used in any project, and reduce … Continue Reading

‘Protection of Freedoms Bill’ published – will ‘common sense’ prevail?

This post was also written Nick Tyler. Now that the UK Coalition Government has published its Protection of Freedoms Bill (the Bill) the big question is whether the proposed changes will achieve their objective “to restore the rights of individuals in the face of encroaching state power, in keeping with Britain’s tradition of freedom and fairness”. Key … Continue Reading

ICO welcomes ‘Freedom Bill’ proposals to extend scope of Freedom of Information Act, increase ICO independence and introduce charges for regulatory services.

This post was also written by Nick Tyler. Last week the UK Government announced a package of measures focused on extending the scope of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and strengthening the independence of the UK’s data protection and freedom of information regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The anticipated Freedom Bill (to be published … Continue Reading