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The British Information Commissioner’s Office issues a £ 270.000 fine for nuisance calls

The British Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined a company that made 22 million nuisance calls, in the form of automated marketing calls, to individuals who did not specifically agree to receive such calls.  The fine is one of the highest ever made by the ICO.  Read the press release from the U.K.

ICO website
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The Court of Justice of the European Union rules on the right to be forgotten applied to company registers

After the famous Judgement in the Google Spain case, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) rules on the right to be forgotten (RTBF) applied to company registers in the Manni case.  Being the case focused on EU Company Law, the CJEU has taken the position that RTBF does not generally entail that individuals can request the non-disclosure or erasure of their personal data from company registries after a certain period of time.  Exception to this general reading of the RTBF in this particular field, are exceptional circumstances and the “expiry of a sufficiently long period after the dissolution of the company in question”.

The provisional text of the judgment is available here
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The US Federal Trade Commission testifies before the House Small Business Committee about data security and small businesses

The Acting Chairman of the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Ms. Maureen K. Ohlhausen, has testified on 8 March 2017 before the House Small Business Committee affirming that the Agency is devoted to protect consumers and improve the capacity of small businesses to secure consumers’ data.  “Failing to take reasonable precautions to secure data from identity thieves and other malicious actors hurts consumers and legitimate businesses alike”, Ohlhausen said.

Read the FTC press-release here
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WikiLeaks again: publication of trove of C.I.A. massive spying of data from various devices, including Samsung TVs

WASHINGTON — In what appears to be the largest leak of C.I.A documents in history, WikiLeaks released on Tuesday thousands of pages describing sophisticated software tools and techniques used by the agency to break into smartphones, computers and even Internet-connected televisions....

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S.536 US Senate Bill to promote transparency in the oversight of cybersecurity risks at publicly traded companies

The US Senate has adopted a Bill titled to promote transparency in the oversight of cybersecurity risks at publicly traded companies.  The Bill renders the company boards legally and transparently responsible for cyber security matters.  This legislation follows the March 1 Regulation 23NYCRR500 of the New York Department of Financial Services that imposes a responsibility for regulated organizations to name a cyber-information security officers.  These officers have the responsibility producing annual cyber security reports to be submitted and signed off by the board to the regulator.

The Bill is accessible here

The NYC Regulation is accessible here