• Time for Security

    EU/US: Privacy Regarded by Customers as a Business Responsibility

    Hardly a day goes by without the media reporting on a new data breach. It is becoming increasingly clear that this negative press can have a direct impact on the value of a business. As an example, Yahoo's buyer Verizon recently announced its intention to renegotiate the originally agreed purchase price following the loss of one billion customers' data at Yahoo. Consumers are also increasingly critical of corporate data leaks. 66 percent of respondents would no longer do business with a company if their account data or other sensitive information had been stolen as the result of a security breach. This is according to security firm Gemalto, which recently presented the findings of its "2016 Data Breaches and Customer Loyalty Report."
    Rating: 0 (0)
  • Online Skimming

    DE: German BSI Provides Information Regarding Online Skimming at a Minimum of 1,000 Online Stores

    In its press release, the German Federal Office for Security in Information Technology (BSI) provided information concerning the online skimming of at least 1,000 German online stores that are based on the widely used software Magento. Despite the fact that the Federal Office for Information Security pointed this out to the operators, very little seems to have been done.
    Rating: 5 (1)
  • Video Surveillance

    DE: German BAG Rules Chance Discoveries in the Case of Hidden Video Surveillance Can be Used in Court

    The German Federal Labor Court (BAG) has ruled that there is no strict prohibition on the use of evidence in the event of chance discoveries obtained through hidden video surveillance. Approval of the evidence must be examined on a case by case basis. In the present case, the German Federal Labor Court deemed it permissible to use such discoveries for the termination of employment without notice.
    Rating: 5 (1)
  • Medical Device Cybersecurity

    US/EU: Safety in the Case of Networked Medical Devices

    The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has published a guideline on cybersecurity in the case of active medical devices. The FDA considers guidelines and standards to be of particular importance in this area, as more and more medical devices are networked or software-supported. We have taken the publication of these guidelines as an opportunity to shed some light on aspects of data privacy in this area.
    Rating: 5 (1)
  • GDPR Right to Data Portability

    EU: Article 29 Group Publishes Draft of a Guideline on GDPR Data Portability Requirement

    The Article 29 Group has published the draft of a guideline dealing with the right to data portability, a requirement by the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
    Rating: 5 (1)
  • EuroPriSe - European Privacy Seal

    EU: The European Privacy Seal (EuroPriSe) Updates Their Criteria to Factor in GDPR Compliance

    On Dec. 20, the European Privacy Seal (EuroPriSe) announced an update to the criteria for their IT product and IT-based service privacy certifications. The updated criteria now factors in the requirements of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and will be used for all relevant EuroPriSe certification projects, beginning in January 2017. Thus, recipients of the seal for IT products and/or IT-based services can now benefit from GDPR compliance assurance, in addition to boasting the utmost commitment to privacy overall.
    Rating: 5 (2)
  • GDPR

    EU: Article 29 Working Party Publishes Draft of Guideline on Responsible Supervisory Agencies for GDPR

    In order to prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to be valid, starting in May of 2018, the Article 29 Working Party has published a guideline to identify the supervisory agencies responsible for international data processing.
    Rating: 5 (2)
  • European Data Protection Board

    EU: Article 29 Working Party to Become the European Data Protection Board (EDPB)

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) brings with it some changes that will affect data privacy structures on the European level. The committee currently known as the Article 29 Working Party, therefore, shall become the European Data Protection Board (EDPB). The Article 29 Working Party has already anticipated some duties of the EDPB in advance during this transformation process and published a draft of guidelines on certain GDPR topics at the end of 2016. This article provides some brief highlights of the EDPB.
    Rating: 5 (2)
  • EU Data Protection

    EU: Article 29 Working Party Publishes Guideline Regarding GDPR Requirement for Data Protection Officers

    On December 13, 2016, the Article 29 Working Party published a draft guideline regarding data protection officers.
    Rating: 5 (2)
  • SMS Advertising Privacy

    DE: The Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt a.M. decides regarding SMS advertising

    Do you, as a company, want to advertise a charitable project that you have initiated and send an SMS about it to your customers? Then you should make sure that you have obtained the necessary consent from the party receiving the advertisement, and do not forget to include in the SMS a reference to the right to object to the use of data for advertising purposes. Otherwise, according to the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt a.M., this will be a case of impermissible advertisement by SMS, which can be fined.
    Rating: 5 (2)
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