• Global Impact of GDPR
    12.16.2015

    EU: Trilogue Consensus on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to Have Global Impact

    On Dec. 15, the European trilogue came to a consensus regarding the European Commission’s EU Data Protection Reform, which includes the long-anticipated General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR introduces one, unified data protection regulation for how data is processed and transferred in all 28 EU Member States. With features that include a fine of up to 4% of global sales for businesses that are non-compliant and the legal requirement for a Data Protection Officer for many businesses, this new regulation will have a tremendous impact on businesses throughout the world.
    Rating: 5 (1)
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    09.07.2015

    RU: Starting September, Russians‘ personal data may only be stored in Russia

    In September, a new Russian law will come into force which forbids the storage and processing of personal data outside of Russia if these data refer to Russian citizens residing in Russia. The so-called “data localization rule” was established in Russia’s Federal Law No. 242, passed in July 2014. The provisions apply regardless of the location of the company itself, meaning that internationally active companies are to relocate the storage and processing of their Russian customers in Russia. Non-compliant companies face fines or the blocking of their website by Russian government authorities.
    Rating: 0 (0)
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    09.07.2015

    UK: NHS ignores patient requests to keep medical records private

    The United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) has admitted to failing to process requests to opt out of data sharing by the public healthcare provider, despite a statement in a guideline that patients could “object to any information containing data that identifies you from leaving the secure environment.” In a letter to MPs, chief executive Kingsley Manning of the Health and Social Care Information Center (HSCIC) wrote that “none of the objections registered by patients… have been enacted.” While patient advocates express concern that the NHS could sell patient data to insurers or other commercial companies, Manning claims that honoring the opt-out requests would have caused unintended negative consequences for patient care and that the volume of opt-out requests has been too large to process.
    Rating: 5 (1)
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    09.07.2015

    DE: Documents from organizations' intranet found via Google

    By using specific search operators in Google, German news website Heise Online managed to find and open the internal documents of various organizations – with sensitive personal data among the results. With a few simple search terms limiting results according to criteria such as file type and URL, a journalist gained access to applicant data, vacation plans, sick days, and project plans from the intranets of hospitals, scholarship funds, and other organizations.
    Rating: 5 (1)
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    08.17.2015

    DE: German Federal Minister of Health recommends expansion of medical obligation to confidentiality to include IT service providers

    In order to operate efficiently, many smaller businesses rely on the outsourcing of IT work to third parties in order to avoid having to employ an internal IT professional. For most businesses in Germany, the compliance of this outsourcing with data protection regulations can be ensured using a commissioned data processing contract as set forth by the Federal Data Protection Law.
    Rating: 4,75 (4)
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    06.26.2015

    US: Response to requests for customer data by the US government various among US companies

    The report Who Has Your Back? 2015: Protecting Your Data From Government Requests has been released by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, rating high-profile companies across the United States on protection from access by government authorities and their transparency about such policies. Companies such as Adobe, Apple, Dropbox, and Yahoo received five out of five stars, while WhatsApp, AT&T, and Verizon lag behind.
    Rating: 5 (1)
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    06.02.2015

    UK: Prisoner in English jail phishes himself free

    According to a report from the BBC in England, an almost unbelievable event has taken place. Scam artist Neil Moore, who is incarcerated in Wandsworth prison, was able to free himself with a phishing email.
    Rating: 5 (1)
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    06.02.2015

    US: Data of 280,000 customers stolen. AT&T must pay a 25 million dollar fine

    The US telecommunications provider AT&T had to pay dearly for the misconduct of some employees. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the US telecommunications regulatory agency, determined that employees in call centers in Mexico, Colombia, and the Philippines stole hundreds of thousands of customers’ data and then resold it. AT&T and the FCC have now come to an agreement to end the proceedings with payment of a record fine in the amount of $25 million.
    Rating: 5 (1)
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    06.02.2015

    DE: Written consent required for releasing employees’ photos

    The German Federal Labor Court – BAG (das Bundesarbeitsgericht) has ruled that employers must obtain written consent if they wish to publish photos in which employees are visible.
    Rating: 5 (1)
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    06.02.2015

    DE: Hospital operator is not obliged to report the private address of a salaried physician

    The German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) has ruled that a hospital operator is not obliged to reveal the private address of an employed physician to a patient, even if the patient wishes to file a lawsuit against the physician in connection with the patient’s treatment.
    Rating: 5 (1)
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