Towards a New Personal Data Breach Notification Framework in the EU

The European Commission published recently a Proposal for a Regulation on personal data protection. If adopted, it would repeal the 1995 Data Protection Directive. The Proposal includes a new data security framework: both the data controller and the data processor would have to implement appropriate technical and organizational measures in order to ensure that data is secure; a personal data breach would have to be reported within 24 hours to the supervisory authority, and also, without undue delay, to the data subject if the breach would adversely affect his personal data or privacy. We comment some of the pending issues.

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«Les droits de l’individu dans la révolution numérique» : l’Assemblée nationale française publie son rapport (5e et dernière partie)

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Depuis le début de cette série, la loi française en matière de notification des failles de sécurité a déjà changé. D’autres changements sont à venir, alors que Madame Viviane Reding expose son intention d’introduire une notification obligatoire des failles de sécurité pour les services bancaires et financiers et que la Commission européenne a lancé le 14 juillet dernier une consultation sur les règles pratiques de notification des violations de données à caractère personnel. (5e et dernière partie de notre série)

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ENISA Surveys Stakeholders of Upcoming EU Data Breach Notification Regime

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The European Network and Information Security Agency has recently published a report on data breach notifications in the European Union. ENISA surveyed data protection authorities, telecommunications regulatory authorities and telecom operators from different countries in the EU, but also from other non-EU countries such as the United States.
Using the various stakeholders’ responses, the report helps understand the practices and challenges of the future mandatory data breach notification regime, and aims to assist public authorities and private organizations in the EU as they implement data breach notification policies by providing a set of recommendations.
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European Data Protection Supervisor Supports General Obligation to Report Security Breaches

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The European Data Protection Supervisor has recently issued an opinion on the review of the EU legal framework for data protection (Directive 95/46/EC). It expresses concerns regarding the increasing difficulties for individuals to protect the privacy of their personal data, and calls for strengthening individuals’ rights over them. This can be done, the EDPS argues, by making security breach notifications mandatory for all relevant sectors, increasing transparency of processing for data subjects, and introducing new rights, such as the “right to be forgotten” and the “right to data portability”.

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Article 29 Data Protection Working Party reports on implementation of Data Retention Directive

The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party has adopted on July 13, 2010 a report on the EU Data Retention Directive (2006/24/EC). This report is the Working Party’s contribution to the evaluation of the implementation of the Data Retention Directive by the European Commission, which is due by September 15, 2010. The report details the results of a joint inquiry made by the data protection authorities about the compliance, at the national level, with the obligations of telecom providers and Internet service providers with both the Data Retention Directive and articles 6 and 9 of the EU e-Privacy Directive (2002/58/EC).

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Are ‘clouds’ located outside the European Union unlawful?

A central aspect of every cloud service contract is the security of data processing. It is therefore important, if only for liability reasons, that responsibility for specific security measures be clearly assigned. This can be done by using security service level agreements between the cloud service provider and its client that clearly assign who is responsible for which particular security measure.
Storing data in a cloud located outside the EU raises specific legal compliance issues. According to some experts, such clouds are even unlawful. There are, however, some ways to make sure that, even if a data controller stores data into a cloud located in a third country, he is still in compliance with German data protection law. A data exporter must use, in order to satisfy the adequate level of data protection requirement, specific standard contractual clauses for all contracts with a cloud service company located outside the EU. Binding corporate rules are the alternative solution, though only for private clouds.

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The Safe Harbor Framework: not a “safe harbor” anymore for US companies? German expert body insists on stronger compliance stance

On April 29, 2010, the Düsseldorfer Kreis, an informal group of German data protection authorities, published a decision that could have significant repercussions on U.S. companies importing personal data from organizations operating in the European Union. One of these repercussions is that German organizations exporting personal data to the United States should check if the U.S. data importer does indeed comply with the Safe Harbor Framework. Security plan recommendations will provide for a useful guideline to E.U. data exporters to help them comply with the Safe Harbor’s Security Principle.

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