Global Data & Privacy Update - 6 November 2014


Google's Right-to-be-Forgotten tour comes to an end

The advisory panel set up by Google to consider the so-called right to be forgotten European Court of Justice ruling met for the final time in Brussels on Tuesday. Those responsible for drafting upcoming EU laws governing data protection were present, including Paul Nemitz, a director in the European Commission's Justice Unit. The panel now will work on a non-binding public report to be published in January next year.

EU conducted biggest ever cyber security exercise

Last week the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), a European Union agency whose objective is to improve network and information security in the EU, carried out its biggest exercise to prevent cyber-attacks on Europe's public utilities and communications networks. The director of ENISA, Udo Helmbrecht, said that the one-day exercise involving 29 countries and 200 agencies simulated large-scale crises relating to critical information infrastructures.

Internet of Things challenges privacy

The Article 29 Working Party (WP), made up of a representative from the data protection authority of each EU Member State, recently published its opinion of the Internet of Things (IoT). By 2020, it is estimated that 30 billion devices around the world will be connected to the internet and, like others in the privacy community, the WP drew attention to the privacy and data protection challenges raised by "smart things", including (i) ensuring users have sufficient control as they often cannot review the data before its 'publication'; (ii) the risk of stakeholders processing data beyond the original specified purposes; and (iii) IoT devices' ability to determine the habits, behaviours and daily activities of individuals.

White House confirm cyber-attack

Last week, a White house official, speaking anonymously, confirmed there had been a cyber-attack on the Executive Office of the President network. A second US official said there were no...

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