Spanish Data Protection Agency joins kids TV channel Clan to promote good internet practices among youngsters
Thu 1 Sep 2016, 13:13

The Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) and the public television program "Big Band Clan" (from Clan channel) are launching a campaign to promote good Internet practices among youngsters, including videos highlighting the value of privacy, such as "Beware of what you share", or "Beware the information you share with strangers".

Secret Report: German intelligence service BND breaks the law
Wed 7 Sep 2016, 18:20

The German intelligence service BND illegally collected and stored mass surveillance data and has to delete those data immediately. This is one of the conclusions of a classified report of the German Federal Data Protection Commissioner that German digital rights blog published. In her report, the Commissioner criticises serious legal violations and a massive restriction of her supervision authority.

Fitness wristbands violate European law
Thu 3 Nov 2016, 16:41

Several fitness wristbands violate Norwegian and European consumer and privacy legislation. The Norwegian Consumer Council is submitting a formal complaint against four companies to the Norwegian Data Protection Authoritiy and the Consumer Ombudsman.

Spanish Data Protection agency imposes fine for using cookies without consent
Thu 30 Mar 2017, 13:55

The Spanish DPA (AEPD) issued a fine for using cookies without the informed consent of the users. The AEPD considers that used data recovery storage devices (DARDs) or cookies illegally and has therefore decided to issue a fine of 5,000 euros. The complaint against the web was filed in February 2016 by Agedi, AIE, Cedro, Egeda, Fedicine and SGAE for violation of the Data Protection Act (LOPD).

CNIL publishes new rules on biometric access control in the workplace
Fri 30 Sep 2016, 23:50

The French Data Protection Authority announced the adoption of two new decisions, Single Authorizations AU-052 and AU-053, that will now cover all biometric access control systems in the workplace. These two new decisions repeal and replace the previous biometric decisions adopted by the CNIL and lay down the CNIL’s new position on biometric systems used to control access to the premises, software applications and/or devices in the workplace. The CNIL’s new Single Authorizations AU-052 and AU-053 anticipate the application of the EU General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018. They take into account the principles of privacy by design and privacy by default, as well as the requirement to conduct data protection impact assessments, which data controllers will have to comply with by May 25, 2018.

French privacy row over mass ID database
Mon 7 Nov 2016, 23:55

A French state watchdog has called for the suspension of a database that could end up holding the biometric details of 60 million people. The aim of a single "mega-database" is to fight identity fraud and improve efficiency. But there are fears the database could be abused not only by hackers but by state intelligence too.

The national digital council calls upon the Government to cancel the setup of the mass ID database and consider alternative means which are more moderate and respectful of human rights. See more details here.