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Germany aligns its legislation to the GDPR

Germany has aligned its legislation to the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  The German Federal Data Protection Act will enter into force on 25 May 2018, changing significantly the current German Federal Data Protection Act in order to align it to the GDPR and to take into effect the Law Enforcement Directive (EU/2016/680).  EU Member States maintain the possibility to include certain derogations to the GDPR in the field of national security, prevention and detection of crime, or in other specific situations.

The new Act is available here
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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
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Blue Global Media, LLC agrees to settle on charges brought by the FTC for unlawful sale of consumers data

The lead generation business Blue Global Media, LLC has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the sale of apps containing sensitive data allegedly sold in fraud of consumers’ rights.  In its complaint, the FTC alleges that the company has operated dozens of websites that enticed consumers to complete loan applications with personal information.  These data were successively sold to a variety of subjects without verification of the security framework of the acquiring entities.  Based on the settlement, Blue Global Media has now to investigate and verify the identity of businesses to which it sold the concerned information, and must obtain consumers' express and informed consent for such disclosures.  Moreover, the settlement sees a fine for more than 4 million suspended due to Blue Global Media inability to pay such amount.

Find the FTC news and the text of the settlement here
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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
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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