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    07.02.2014

    US: Companies defending themselves against the disclosure of customer data

    A whisper was heard in the data privacy industry on April 25, 2014. On this day, a US federal court ruled that even data saved in Europe by American service providers must be passed on to investigative US security authorities on submission of a suitable application. The outcry on the Internet was great. American cloud providers feared for their European business, while European companies were unsure whether they should even save sensitive data with American companies. Even the former federal data protection officer Peter Schaar vehemently criticized the ruling. The fact that the ruling is not even final yet was overlooked.
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    07.02.2014

    US/EN: Global data privacy behavior analyzed

    German Internet users are regard as being highly sensible to data privacy. And rightly so, as demonstrated by a recent study by storage provider EMC. Only twelve per cent of Germans were found to be willing to sacrifice their privacy for increased convenience when using online services. The figure was 27 per cent on average for all the countries investigated, and even 48 per cent in India. However, according to EMC, there are significant differences between theoretical data privacy needs and practical actions.
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    06.25.2014

    DE: Marcus Belke appointed to Germany’s Senate of Economy

    Our Managing Director Marcus Belke will represent the data privacy sector in Germany’s Senate of Economy (Senat der Wirtschaft). The seat on the senate was conferred by Senate President Prof. Dr. Dr. Franz Josef Rademacher at a ceremony held at the Plenary Chamber of the former Bundesrat building in Bonn on June 17, 2014. The Senate of Economy is made up of entrepreneurs and figures from academia and society, who advise decision-makers in the political and administrative spheres on current issues related to the German and international economy. The Senate’s primary goal is to promote the public good.
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    06.18.2014

    SAP and DFB use big data to prepare for the World Cup in Brazil

    On June 11, 2014, the German Football Association (DFB) and SAP AG unveiled a co-innovation project centering on training analysis and match preparation. Software prototype "Match Insights" runs on the HANA platform currently marketed by SAP. Companies that use SAP software should be informed about the opportunities and risks involved with this new combination of hardware and software and bear in mind that there can be a need for action from a data protection law standpoint in the case of major process changes or new forms of use as well.
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    06.18.2014

    DE: BITKOM publishes study and further guidelines on big data

    The High-tech association BITKOM (Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media) has published a study on big data in German businesses as well as another set of guidelines on big data technologies. These two published documents also contain important information on other subjects, such as data protection and privacy in relation to big data.
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    06.18.2014

    DE: Hardware destroyed - causer also liable for lost data!

    It can happen quickly - a careless movement knocks a laptop, tablet, or smartphone to the floor, and it breaks. It's an aggravating situation, and not just because of the loss of the hardware. The lost data also take their toll. In many cases, losing data can even represent a larger amount of tangible or intangible damage. And: the person who has caused the damage is not just liable for replacing the hardware. He also has to bear the costs of restoring the lost data, as Deutsche Anwaltsauskunft reports in a recent article.
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    06.18.2014

    DE: Labor courts have jurisdiction over employee demands for information

    In an order issued February 3, 2014, the German Federal Labor Court (Ref. no. 10 AZB 77/13) has clarified the issue of whether the labor courts have jurisdiction over employees' demands for provision of information against their former employers under section 38 of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG).
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    05.21.2014

    2B Advice also experiencing growth in Slovakia

    At the start of the year in Bonn, in the middle of the year in Brezno. The companies in the 2B Advice family are experiencing growth, appointing additional personnel, and requiring bigger offices. While 2B Advice GmbH in Bonn has moved from downtown Bonn into the futuristic Rheinwerk 3 complex on the other side of the Rhine, its sister company 2B Advice s.r.o. in Brezno, which offers the 2B Advice Group’s products and services in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Austria, has opted for a different move.
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    05.20.2014

    EU: Publication of a security analysis of mobile platforms

    A-SIT (Secure Information Technology Center - Austria) has published a study concerning a detailed security analysis of mobile platforms. The study contains an overview of the security mechanisms of mobile platforms and an analysis of current mobile operating systems. Additionally, A-SIT has issued a detailed analysis of the encryption systems of the iOS and Android mobile platforms.
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    05.20.2014

    Lighting systems as a data protection problem

    The monitoring of buildings with video cameras is a familiar topic in data protection. It is likely that in future, data protection officers will be expected to take a similar interest in LED lighting systems and to inform themselves of the extra potential functionality offered by such systems.
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