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Protection of personal data - Justice

Protection of personal data - Justice
Whenever you open a bank account, join a social networking website or book a flight online, you hand over vital personal information such as your name, address, and credit card number. What happens to this data? Could it fall into the wrong hands? What rights do you have regarding your personal information? Under EU law, personal data can only be gathered legally under strict conditions, for a legitimate purpose. Furthermore, persons or organisations which collect and manage your personal information must protect it from misuse and must respect certain rights of the data owners which are guaranteed by EU law. Every day within the EU, businesses, public authorities and individuals transfer vast amounts of personal data across borders. Therefore, common EU rules have been established to ensure that your personal data enjoys a high standard of protection everywhere in the EU. The EU's Data Protection Directive

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Long Live Incremental Research! By Bertrand Meyer June 13, 2011 Comments (9) [This article is a slightly updated version of a note I posted almost two years ago on my personal blog, At the recent Microsoft Software Summit in Paris I gave a short talk based on that note, and so many people told me they enjoyed it that I thought it would be appropriate to share the ideas with the readers of the CACM blog, many of whom are presumably interested in issues of research funding. Please note that the most enthusiastic text extracts from funding agencies appearing below are meant to be read aloud, with the proper accents of passion.] Google details troubles it and others face meeting right to be forgotten requests Google has outlined the complexities and costs it faces when handling European 'right to be forgotten' requests, throwing a spotlight on the difficulties smaller rivals may face with the process. The last thing Google wanted when the EC proposed including a 'right to be forgotten' in data protection legislation back in 2012 was for such a law to apply to search engines. Publishers, yes; hosting platforms, not really; search engines definitely not, appeared to be its stance.

The Right to Be Forgotten February 13, 2012 64 Stan. L. Rev. 5 more things we've learned about the right to be forgotten Social by Jimmy Nicholls| 04 August 2014 Problems abound as Google tries to comply with ECJ ruling. The right to be forgotten has been a continuing source of trouble for Google since the European Court of Justice ruled that the search engine was obliged to remove links deemed "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant". According to a letter written to the Article 29 Working Party, the EU's data protection group, Google has received more than 91,000 removal requests so far. But what else did it tell us about the process?

Le PDG de SWIFT déclare au Parlement européen que les principes SWIFT CEO Lázaro Campos told EU Parliamentarians today, "whatever the outcome of the current discussions about the use of data for counter-terrorism purposes, what we must not jeopardize are the protections which exist today for citizens' data, the certainty of the legal framework within which companies operate and the commercial level playing field." Mr Campos was also keen to emphasise that the debate is not about SWIFT, but about how Europe plans to cooperate with the US for counter-terrorism purposes. "SWIFT is affected by this debate but should not be singled out nor treated differently from any other European company," said Mr Campos. Google is accused of storing cookies and data about site behaviour without consent. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Google's changes to its privacy policies have been criticised by 30 European data protection commissioners for resulting in 'uncontrolled' use of personal data without individual's clear consent, relating to their use of YouTube and Gmail.

The World Intermediary Liability Map (WILMap) is Online! The WILMap is a detailed English-language resource comprised of case law, statutes, and proposed laws related to intermediary liability worldwide. The WILMap allows visitors to the CIS website to select information on countries of interest through a graphical user interface. The map will enable the public to learn about intermediary liability regimes worldwide and evolving Internet regulation affecting freedom of expression and user rights. Legal liability regimes that put Internet platform companies at legal risk for users’ online activity can imperil free expression and innovation. EU Political Compass (Greece to follow soon) While most of the old Eastern Bloc countries appear to have taken to the free market with the zeal of the recent convert, the simulaneous development of social freedoms has, in some instances been rather slower. The previous Polish Prime Minister, for example, alone among EU leaders and in conflict with EU policy, wanted his country to re-adopt capital punishment. In the western member states, however, the progressive abolition of economic restrictions seems generally to correspond to the extent of curbs on certain certain civil liberties.

Just Google it? Forget it! The right to be forgotten case The Protection of Personal Information Act, No 4 of 2013 (POPI) was promulgated into law on 26 November 2013 and will commence on a date to be determined by the President by proclamation. As of 11 April 2014, certain provisions of POPI dealing with the establishment of the office of the Information Regulator as well as the powers, duties and functions of the Information Regulator have come into effect. Although the full extent of its application in South African law and how our courts will interpret its provisions remains uncertain, it is likely that we will need to look to foreign jurisdictions for guidance in the future. In summary, the complainant in the matter had launched a complaint with the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) against a widely circulated daily Spanish newspaper, Google Spain and Google Inc. (Google).

Fair Use in Europe By P. Bernt Hugenholtz Communications of the ACM, Vol. 56 No. 5, Pages 26-28 10.1145/2447976.2447985 Comments Examining the mismatch between copyright law and technology-influenced evolving social norms in the European Union. The full text of this article is premium content Need Access? Do you trust the European Union? On Saturday, we liveblogged the European Commission’s “Debate on the Future of Europe” event in Brussels; a townhall-style debate with the Vice-President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding. An audience of ordinary citizens (i.e. not just the usual crowd from the “Brussels bubble”) had the opportunity to grill Reding over the (seemingly) permanent economic crisis in the EU and, more generally, the future of Europe. We will put the video of the event online soon, but in the meantime you can see a few words about the debate from Viviane Reding below (as well as reading our liveblog here). We’d like to continue the debate online here, so today we’re asking you if you trust the European Union (though, according to the opinion polls, most of you won’t). Since the beginning of the economic crisis, Eurobarometer has recorded plummeting levels of trust in the European Union, from a high of 57% in 2007 to only 31% last year.

Google right to be forgotten 'draconian': Berners-Lee Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the World Wide Web in 1989 while working at the Swiss particle laboratory CERN, said the world has a "problem with data disappearing" and the right to be forgotten ruling would make it worse. "The idea that information which is true should be expunged for the public record is frightening," Berners-Lee told journalists at the IP Expo Europe in London. The inventor said that the rule is "draconian" when people request information that is true about them to be taken down, adding that soon, many news articles which are factual could be wiped off the web. Read MoreMicrosoft taking 'right to be forgotten' requests

E-cigarettes: safer alternative to tobacco or potential health risk? E-cigarettes are often presented as a solution for smokers who want to quit their deadly habit but struggle to overcome their nicotine addiction, but how safe are they? Should they be regulated as medication or as tobacco products? These issues are currently being considered as part of a review of the tobacco products directive. MEPs also debated it with experts during a workshop on 7 May.