COE adopts Guidelines on #BIGDATA

On 23 January 2017 the Consultative Committee of the Council of Europe´s data protection convention  adopted Guidelines on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data in a world of Big Data which provide suggested measures for preventing any possible negative effects of the use of Big Data on human rights and ...

Data Retention: CJEU reaffirms that exceptions to privacy should only apply if strictly necessary

On 21 December 2016 the Court of Justice of the European Union provided its Judgment in Joined Cases C-203/15 Tele2 Sverige AB v Post-och telestyrelsen and C-698/15 Secretary of State for the Home Department v Tom Watson and Others prohibiting the application of Member State laws that call for general and indiscriminate electronic communications data ...

Article 29 Working Party on DPO independency and Conflict of interests

The Article 29 Working Party adopted three sets of guidelines in its December 2016 Plenary Meeting including Guidelines and FAQs on the right to Data Portability, Guidelines and FAQs on the Lead Supervisory Authority, Guidelines and FAQs on Data Protection Officers (DPO). These Guidelines are particularly useful in light of the GDPR, which makes it mandatory for ...

It’s all about quality over quantity in data collection: my contribution at the Raiffeisenverband Südtirol Big Data congress

On 2 December I participated in the "BIG DATA Machen wir uns zum gläsernen Menschen?" congress organized by Raiffeisenverband Südtirol, an association of cooperative banks in Bozen (Italy).  The event discussed Big Data and the impact that Big Data has on financial services. My contribution focused on how banks can use data protection compliance as a corporate asset and the ...

International trade agreements: Let’s talk about the exchange of personal data

The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement/Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which was originally set to be approved by the end of this year after talks officially began in 2013, has recently been met with criticism from members of the European Commission's DG Justice and Consumers and Members of the European Parliament following a request from Japanese negotiators ...

EU-US Umbrella Agreement gets green light

Today the EU-US "Umbrella Agreement", the data protection framework for EU-US law enforcement cooperation, received a green light from the European Parliament without referral to the CJEU. Importantly, the Agreement will provide EU citizens with judicial redress rights in US courts in case of breaches, a key point for the EU during the long negotiation ...

New EDPS guidelines on web services and mobile applications

Today the European Data Protection Supervisor published two very welcomed guidelines on personal data protection. The first deals with the protection of personal data processed through web services and the second personal data processed by mobile applications provided by European Union institutions. You can find the complete guidelines below. Guidelines on the protection of personal data processed through ...