Dec 192014

Hogan Lovells writes: On 17 December, the State Duma (the lower chamber of the Russian Parliament) passed legislation that would change the effective date of Russia’s new law requiring the local storage in Russia of the personal data of Russian citizens (Data Localization Law) from 1 September 2016 to 1 September 2015. The legislation currently […]

Dec 192014

Inforrm reports: A Statement in Open Court [pdf] was read in today in the High Court before Mr Justice Dingemans in the privacy case of Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini v. Bauer Consumer Media Limited. Heat magazine apologised and agreed to pay damages and costs. The judge was told that Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini, the husband of the X-Factor judge […]

Dec 192014

A council that ordered covert surveillance on a sick employee must review its approach after an Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) investigation. The ICO found the Council breached the Data Protection Act when it ordered the surveillance of an employee suspected of fraudulently claiming to be sick. From the undertaking, this summary of what happened: The Information […]

Dec 172014

Ewa Kacperek and Jakub Baczuk write: On 7 November 2014 the Polish Parliament passed the Act on the Facilitation of Business Activity which substantially amends the existing Act on Personal Data Protection. As we previously reported, this new Act requires an administrator for information security to be given an independent position within the data controller’s organization. Additionally, […]

Dec 162014 reports: Dutch privacy watchdog CBP is launching an investigation into Facebook and is asking the company to postpone its new privacy policy, the NRC reports. The social media giant said recently that from January 1 2015 it will use data and photos from Facebook profiles to send advertisments to allied services such as WhatsApp […]

Dec 162014

Alex Claridge reports: Kent Police is under fire today after it emerged the force demanded a list of people who attended a fracking debate at Canterbury Christ Church University. The force claims it made the demand for reasons of “public safety” and to assess “the threat and risk for significant public events”. But critics have […]

Dec 152014

Canadian Press reports: Alberta’s privacy commissioner is investigating a government department for leaking a politician’s cellphone bill. Commission spokesman Scott Sibbald said Monday that the bill belonged to former cabinet minister Thomas Lukaszuk. It was leaked to the Edmonton Sun in August and showed that Lukaszuk had rung up more than $20,000 in international data […]