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    06.02.2015

    EU: ECJ rules on video surveillance for “personal or household activities”

    According to the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, automated processing procedures are outside the scope of application if they are exclusively used during personal or household activities and serve these purposes. If, during video surveillance, an individual not only films their own private property, but also the publicly owned area in front of it as well as the entrance area of the house across the street then this is not considered pure “personal or household activities.”
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    06.02.2015

    DE: Fine against Debeka for violating data protection obligations

    The Debeka Krankenversicherungsverein a.G. (Debeka) insurance group accepted the fine of 1.3 million euros issued by the Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information – LfDI (Landesbeauftragten für den Datenschutz und die Informationsfreiheit) of the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Debeka was fined due to a violation of data protection laws when processing personal data that the company had received from so-called tipsters. Tipsters provide insurance agents with names and contact information of people potentially looking to conclude a contract.
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    05.26.2015

    DE: Study “Data Protection Practice 2015” released; Results make a decided case for introduction of data protection officers throughout Europe

    Data protection officers of German companies see an urgent need for political action. 69 percent consider existing data protection laws impractical, particularly in the areas of cloud computing, international data processing, and social media. 77 percent are worried about a deterioration in the level of data protection in Germany as a result of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. On the other hand, 79 percent rate their support from their management as satisfactory or better, and 86 percent find that individual departments work with them cooperatively and in a goal-oriented way. So, are companies and data protection officers working against one another? No! The study makes clear that data protection officers offer significant cost advantages. They make it possible for companies to manage their own data protection. It is much more efficient to maintain procedures within one’s own system than to report each individual processing of personal data to the regulatory authorities, perhaps with the additional need to wait for the approval of a procedure. The study proves the effectiveness of the German model of corporate self-monitoring. It makes a decided case for the introduction of company data protection officers throughout Europe.
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    05.20.2015

    DE: Data Privacy Management Solution 2B Advice PrIME 5.1 introduced; free single-user license available

    2B Advice, international consulting firm specializing in data privacy, is offering Version 5.1 of its data privacy software 2B Advice PrIME starting today. 2B Advice PrIME (Privacy Inventory, Management & Education) is the successor of the established data privacy software 2B Secure. Companies of any size or industry can use 2B Advice PriME to manage all of their data privacy needs, from creating the process directory and monitoring data processing to auditing and employee training.
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    04.28.2015

    IL: Researchers develop technique for hacking air-gapped computer

    Security researchers in Israel have developed a technique to remotely send and receive data from computer systems without a network connection. The technique involves manipulating the surrounding air temperature to communicate information to the target machine.
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    04.24.2015

    DE: Digital Attacks on One Company in Two

    According to a recent study by the Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM), 51 percent of German companies were victims of digital industrial espionage, sabotage or theft in the last two years. The attacks caused an annual loss of 51 billion euros. To prevent such damage and attacks, BITKOM is aware that there is considerable need to catch up, especially in the SME sector.
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    04.24.2015

    MX: Mexican Authorities initiate Sanctions Proceedings against AT&T Inc.

    We reported on April 14, 2015 that the US telecoms operator AT&T had to pay dearly for the misconduct of some employees because employees in call centers in Mexico, Colombia, and the Philippines stole hundreds of thousands of customers’ data and resold the data. These facts had been determined by the US telecommunications regulatory agency, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Now, AT&T and the FCC have come to an agreement to end the proceedings upon payment of a record fine in the amount of $25 million. The Instituto Federal de Acceso a la Información y Protección de Datos (IFAI) has now initiated sanctions proceedings against AT&T Inc.
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    04.13.2015

    DE: 2B Advice supports Simon-Kucher & Partners in approval of internal data privacy policies as Binding Corporate Rules

    The European data protection authorities have approved the internal data privacy policies of the Bonn-based strategic consulting firm Simon-Kucher & Partners as Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs). BCRs allow multinational companies to transfer group-internal personal data to countries outside of Europe as long as it is done in compliance with EU Data Protection Law. This also applies to countries like the US, China, Japan, and India, where the European Commission does not acknowledge an adequate level of data protection. Simon-Kucher & Partners has 29 offices in 22 countries. After BMW, Continental, Deutsche Post DHL, Deutsche Telekom, Osram, and Siemens, the world's leading consultancy firm for pricing is the seventh German company whose group-wide data privacy policies were approved as BCRs. The consulting firm 2B Advice, which specializes in international data privacy, was present and involved in the approval process of the BCRs at Simon-Kucher & Partners.
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    04.09.2015

    DE: ULD pays tribute to EuroPriSe GmbH

    The most recent development in the life of the European privacy seal EuroPriSe was highlighted in the 2015 annual report of the Independent Center for Data Privacy of the State of Schleswig-Holstein (Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz Schleswig-Holstein, ULD).
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    04.02.2015

    DE: Award for 2B Advice PrIME in the Innovationspreis-IT 2015

    The data privacy management solution 2B Advice PrIME has impressed jurors and critics many times over. It has now been honored as “one of the best” in the competition for the Innovationspreis-IT 2015. The award was given in the Knowledge Management category.
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