Privacy and Security TidBits

Tag: EU Data Protection Directive

Privacy and Data Protection Week in Mexico City

  This past week was “Privacy Week” in Mexico City, where three seperate conferences were held back-to-back. The Public Voice  conference, chaired by Lillie Coney of EPIC, had as its theme: “Privacy is Freedom” One of the highlights was a discussion between David Benasar, Senior Legal Counsel Aticle 19 and Marc Rotenberg, President of EPIC, titled: Frame […]

The Data Privacy Debate in Social Media Market Research: A Legal Perspective

by Monique Altheim Greenbookblog.org recently hosted a debate by representatives of research associations and companies engaged in social media research on the subject of data privacy in social media market research. Three major industry bodies were represented: CASRO, MRS and ESOMAR. The debate was spurred on by the recent issuing of new guidelines by ESOMAR, draft guidelines by CASRO […]

Neelie Kroes on Online Privacy

On October 4, Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission and commissioner for the Digital Agenda, delivered the 2011 Guglielmo Marconi Lecture at the Lisbon Council in Brussels. While speaking about the larger topic of The Digital Agenda for Europe, Neelie Kroes touched upon online privacy issues. She first mentioned that having to comply with 27 […]

The Meaning of “Consent” in the EU Data Protection Framework: A New Article 29 Working Party Opinion

  The Meaning of “Consent” in the EU Data Protection Framework: A New Article 29 Working Party Opinion   On July 13, 2011, the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (hereafter Article 29 WP ) adopted Opinion 15/2011 on the Definition of Consent.   This opinion looks into the legal framework regarding the use of […]

Smart Phones, Trojan Horses and Data Protection.

During the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on mobile privacy, held on May 10, Senator Whitehouse asked Rich (FTC) and Weinstein (DOJ) if mobile apps were like “Trojan Horses” of consumer info. What is a Trojan Horse? According to Wikipedia,The Trojan Horse is a tale from antiquity. “In one version, after a fruitless 10-year siege of Troy, […]

Yahoo’s AdChoice Icons and the New EU Cookie Rule

A few days ago, PCWorld announced with a big headline: \”Yahoo’s Offers Cookie Opt-out Button Ahead of New EU Law\” It stated: “The plan allows users to click an “AdChoices” button visible in the upper right-hand corner of ads.This will provide users with information about Yahoo’s advertising business and the chance to opt out of […]

The Review of the EU Data Protection Framework v. The State of Online Consumer Privacy in the US

Yesterday, on March 16, 2011, I had a field day. As an attorney, licensed both in the EU and in the US, with a special interest in privacy law, I was able to observe quasi simultanuous policy making by both Brussels and Washington, D.C. on the same subject matter, from the comfort of my office […]

Privacy, European Union Data Protection and EDiscovery

Ediscovery in US Civil Litigation and EU Data Protection EDiscovery in the US  Electronic Discovery (or “Ediscovery”) is the process of identifying, preserving, collecting, preparing, reviewing, and producing electronically stored information (“ESI”) in the context of the legal process. Some examples of ESI are: emails, word documents, power point presentations, excel sheets, social media posts, […]

The European Data Protection Supervisor publishes his opinion on the EU personal data protection legal framework overhaul

The European Data Protection Supervisor, Peter Hustinx, has published his opinion in response to  the Commission’s Communication regarding the review of the personal data protection legal framework on his website yesterday, while it was published on this website one day before. The EDPS recommends that the new legal instrument should be a regulation instead of a directive […]

The International Association of Privacy Professionals’ First Europe Data Protection Congress

I recently attended the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ (IAPP) very first Europe Data Protection Congress in Paris on November 29 and 30. The attendee list was impressive: Privacy professionals, employed by Fortune 500 companies from a wide variety of industries, like Hewlett-Packard, Lockheed Martin, Citigroup, Oracle, Western Union, Microsoft, IBM, Dell, Google, Yahoo, Estee […]