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ICO publishes guidance on privacy notices under GDPR

UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published guidance on privacy notices under EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). GDPR introduces new requirements for controllers on notifying data subjects about processing of their data. GDPR requires privacy notices to be understandable and accessible. ICO’s guidance provides best practice on communicating privacy information to individuals.

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World’s biggest Internet hub sues German government over surveillance

On September 9, 2016, the operator of the world?s largest Internet hub, De-Cix, filed lawsuit against the German government to stop mass surveillance by the German intelligence agency Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND). De-CIX is challenging the legality of orders from the BND to implement monitoring of communications flowing through its Frankfurt Internet exchange point. De-CIX insists that mass surveillance is illegal. Recently leaked Germany?s federal data protection commissioner?s secret report stating BND repeatedly broke law engaging in mass surveillance activities.

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UK government breached personal data security 9,000 times in a year, watchdog reveals

UK’s National Audit Office (NAO) has found that government has breached personal data security nearly 9,000 times in a year. Most of breaches – about 6,000 – are on HMRC.

NAO found that 17 largest departments recorded 8,995 data breaches in years 2014-2015, but reported to the Information Commissioner (ICO) only 14 incidents. Although not all incidents shall be reported to ICO, NAO observed that lack of detail in the self-reporting data means it is not possible to determine how significant any of unreported breaches was.

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Dutch police seize VPN provider’s servers without any explanation

Dutch police have seized two servers belonging to?Switzerland-based VPN provider?Perfect Privacy.?The VPN provider claims that Dutch police haven’t?informed or?contacted them about the reason servers were seized and about seizure they were informed by their hosting provider.?Despite the seizure of servers,?Perfect Privacy promises that no?user data was compromised.

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Teen sues parents for publishing her childhood photos on Facebook

A teenage girl in Austria is suing her parents requiring them to remove her childhood photos from Facebook. She claims that publication of those pictures has intimidated her and violated her privacy.

Girl has repeatedly asked parents to remove her pictures from social network but without success. So she decided to bring the case to court once she turned 18.

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German spies violated law, says watchdog

Leaked Germany’s federal data protection commissioner’s secret report reveals that Germany’s intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), has repeatedly seriously violated law. According to report, the BND has created seven databases without the appropriate legal approval, and also transferred huge amount of data to NSA in US.

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Microsoft expands right-to-be-forgotten filtering for Bing in Europe

Recently Microsoft has revealed that it is expanding the coverage of ?right to be forgotten? mechanism in Europe. Microsoft will now use location signals such as IP addresses to delist URLs on all versions of its search engine Bing.

If someone in France successfully requests delisting of a URL on Bing, in addition to delisting that URL from all applicable European versions of Bing, Bing will now also delist that URL for all searches of that person?s name ? regardless of what version of Bing is being used ? if the search originates from a location within France.

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Hunton & Williams publishes chapters of Legal guide to data protection

Hunton & Williams has?published chapters?of the third edition of the book The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Data Protection 2016. The guide is?comprehensive worldwide legal analysis of the laws and regulations relating to data protection. Published chapters include review of new EU General data protection regulation, as well as laws of?Belgium, China, France, Germany, United Kingdom and the United States.

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