Sri Lankan Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology finalizes Data Protection Legislation

The Sri Lanakan Personal Data Protection Legislation Bill has been finalized and will be implemented over three years from the date of certification by the Speaker, providing adequate time for both the public and private sectors to implement the legislation. A Sri Lankan Data Protection Authority will also be establihsed within 18 months. ...

Call for global agreement on Data Protection

I think that today is a good day to ask the future Members of the European Parliament and American Presidential Candidates to think about a global dimension of data protection and to commit themselves to develop international legislative instruments that have the power to truly enable world-wide digital citizenship.   Read my Letter addressed to the ...

European elections 2019: The Grante Privacy on electoral campaigns and political communication

On 19 April 2019, the Italian Data Protection Authority, or Garante Privacy, announced the approval of a new measure (Register of measures n.  96 of 18 April 2019) that is soon to be published in the Official Gazette, which establishes rules that govern voter data use on the part of political parties, movements, committees, candidates, ...

PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION AND THE USE OF INFORMATION TO FIGHT ONLINE-TERRORIST PROPAGANDA, RECRUITMENT, AND RADICALIZATION: PART IV

In this fouth blog post of my exploration into the matter based on an upcoming publication for CRC Press, part of the Online Terrorist Propaganda, Recruitment, And Radicalization Book Project that I wrote together with Dr. Milda Macenaite, I will specifically explore the relationship between personal data protection and use of information. The relationship between the protection and use of that very information is depends on ...

Personal Data Protection and the use of Information to Fight Online-Terrorist Propaganda, Recruitment, and Radicalization: Part I

What is the relationship between Data Protection and the use of information in the fight against terrorism? This complex question deserves more than a simple answer.  In fact, together with Dr. Milda Macenaite,  I have attempted to explore this question in great depth and shortly a book chapter will be published in the CRC Press (an imprint ...

BIG DATA, SMART DATA, MY DATA, YOUR DATA: SMART DATA PROTECTION BY DESIGN (PART 3)

Part 3. Core International Data Protection Principles: Openness  Accountability, collection limitation, purpose specification, use limitation, security, data quality, access and correction, and openness - these are all core principles of data protection that are so fundamental, they are internationally recognised. Let's start with Openness. Data controllers must always be open and transparent with respect to their developments, practices, ...

Europe and Japan to speak the same privacy language

On 17 July 2018, the EU and Japan announced the conclusion of discussions on reciprocal adequacy of their legal systems, agreeing to create the world's largest area of safe data flows.  You can read the official press release here. The successful conclusion of the EU-Japan data protection-related talks is very good news for everyone. It will ...

#PrivacyShield does not provide adequate data protection for EU citizens

On 5 July 2018 MEPs passed a resolution (303 votes to 223, 29 abstentions) to suspend Privacy Shield starting from 1 September 2018 until the United States is in full compliance with the terms of the agreement. Members of the European Parliament in doing so have called upon US authorities to remove companies that misuse personal ...

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights Releases its “Handbook on European data protection law – 2018 edition”

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights has released the updated 2018 edition of the "Handbook on European data protection law" which provides us with an understanding of the European Union and Council of Europe's applicable data protection legal frameworks. The handbook is particularly useful in that in addition to providing an overview of EU data protection law, it ...