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Cybercrime New Amendment Law in the UAE

The Cybercrime new amendment was published on August 13, 2018 and increases the range of imposed sanctions against violators. It also introduces new measures, such as probation and restriction on using electronic mediums, obligatory deportation, among other hefty sanctions.

The new amendment elaborates on serious electronic crimes incidents that can potentially undermine the public safety, facilitate heat, promote or support terrorismactivities and/or organizations. In fact, the existing Cybercrime Law which was enacted in 2012 included major sanctions but our reading of this Amendment intends to deal with the negative effect of misusing online platforms, such as website or social media accounts, on national security, social stability and harmony between people who come from different backgrounds, i.e. color, race, religion and ethnicity livening in the local communities.

Read more on the new amended law of cybercrime in the UAE
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Encrypted e-mails

The Danish Data Protection Agency has declared that they are going to tighten up their practice regarding the enforcement of requirements for security when transmitting personal data by e-mail. In the past it has only been mandatory for public authorities to use encryption when transmitting confidential and sensitive personal data by email via the internet and it has been the Authority’s practice to recommend, rather than to require, that the private sector use encryption. However, as a result of the General Data Protection Regulation’s risk-based approach to information security, and also taking the technical developments of the last decade into consideration, the Danish Data Protection Agency has decided that the requirement to use encryption when transmitting confidential and sensitive personal data by email shall now apply equally to the private sector. The Danish Data Protection Agency recognizes that this change in practice will entail significant adjustments for the private sector and therefore has stated that the new practice will not be enforced before 1 January 2019.
 

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For more information on this or any other data protection issue in Denmark, please contact Ruth Caddock Hansen at [email protected]
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McMillan LLP joins PrivacyRules

McMillan LLP from Canada just joined PrivacyRules becoming the 40th founding member of the alliance. McMillan provides services in all major business sectors with a deep understanding of their relationship with privacy and data protection laws. McMillan guarantees highly privacy and cybersecurity advice thanks to its specialised teams that can guide clients through data breach situations, provide cyber risks mitigation and assist on privacy and data protection compliance.

Find out more about McMillan LLP here
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Pressure of business

The Danish Data Protection Authority reports that they have experienced a huge wave of interest in data protection matters in the run up to the commencement of GDPR and an unprecedented number of enquiries. In the month after the commencement of GDPR the Authority received 1367 new cases and 331 of these were notifications of a data breach, whereas in the same period last year only 365 new cases were received.

For more information on this or any other data protection issue in Denmark, please contact Ruth Caddock Hansen
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Joint controller with Facebook?

On 5 June 2018 the Court of Justice of the EU provided judgment in Case C-201/16 Wirtschaftsakademie Schleswig-Holstein. The judgment found that the administrator of a Facebook fan page, which in this case was an educational institution, was a joint data controller with Facebook. The Danish Data Protection Agency has now published its interpretation of that judgment and sets out its evaluation of what the judgment means in a Danish context for administrators of Facebook pages.

For more information on this or any other data protection issue in Denmark, please contact Ruth Caddock Hansen
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