Dutch new law allows bulk surveillance

The Dutch Senate has passed a law to empower intelligence agencies with broader investigative powers, including the ability to gather data from large groups of people.  The so-called “tapping law” approved by the Senate is going to take effect this month.  Dutch intelligence agencies can now tap large quantities of internet data without specific motivation and without limitation.  The new law foresees a three years term for data storage and the gathered information can be exchanged with foreign counterparts.  The bill foresees as control mechanism the implementation of an oversight panel that will monitor the exercise of these new powers by competent agencies.

The related Reuters press release is accessible here

ICO releases its first international data protection strategy

The ICO has published the UK’s first International Strategy on data protection challenges. The document is focused on relevant issues such as privacy in the context of new technologies, and GDPR and Brexit. With this Strategy, the Information Commissioner tried to establish a co-operative and international approach in order to strengthen the data protection system in UK. To deal with such evolving field, the strategy will be regularly checked and renewed.

The new International Strategy is available in the ICO’s website here

Věra Jourová and Haruhi Kumazawa meet to create an EU - Japan international transfers of personal data system within 2018

Ms. Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality of the European Commission, and Mr. Haruhi Kumazawa, Commissioner of the Personal Information Protection Commission of Japan has met in Bruxelles to enhance their dialogue in the field of data protection. They welcomed their respective efforts to create new opportunities for a fluid and complementary data flow. In particular, the parties engaged on working to reach an equivalent level of protection within 2018.

Find the Joint Statement of the meeting here

Germany is already prepared for GDPR

Germany has published its new German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz BDSG) in order to adapt its legislation to the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Some experts have observed that the BDSG may surpass the GDPR on a number of points, however, few practical problems are expected given that German authorities should not apply the act when it is in contrast with European Law.

Read more on the German Act here

FCC Takes Step So CFR Contains Current Privacy Rules

The US Federal Communications Commission has issued an Order entitles: Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services; Implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996: Telecommunications Carriers' Use of Customer Proprietary Network Information and Other Customer Information.  As it can be read in the FCC website, “this order takes a necessary procedural step so that the Code of Federal Regulations contains an accurate reflection of the Commission's current privacy rules”.

The text of the document is available at the FCC website here