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  • The applicants, M.L. and W.W., who are half-brothers, are German nationals, born in 1953 and 1952 and live in Munich and Erding respectively. In May 1993 they were convicted of murdering a very popular actor, W.S., and sentenced to life imprisonment by the domestic courts. They were released on probation in August 2007 and January […]

  • Article 29 Working Party issued three GDPR Guidance Following plenary meeting held in December the WP29 has released three separate guidelines with their interpretation of some key aspects of the new General Data Protection Regulation which will be put into force in May 2018, namely: – data portability, – data protection officers (DPOs), and – […]

  • New Data Protection Regulation was adopted today in European Parliament. After many years of struggle and heavy lobbying the new rules applicable to all 28 Member States are finaly approved. The new rules include provisions on: a right to be forgotten, “clear and affirmative consent” to the processing of private data by the person concerned, […]

  • Privacy Shield, rebranded to prevent any association with its predecessor, is designed to offer new safeguards around access to data by public authorities and give citizens the right to take legal action against companies using their data. It will also create an independent ombudsperson role and have an annual review procedure. EU Commission announced that […]

  • Article 25(6) of Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data as amended by Regulation (EC) No 1882/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 September 2003, read in […]

  • The European commission has been hard at work on a new data protection package since 2012, but parliament’s rapporteur on the issue Jan Albrecht has warned that it was unlikely a resolution would be adopted “before the end of the year”. Jan Albrecht added that this would be the case “even if the council is […]

  • Two months ago, the Justice Department announced that it would not charge any of the CIA agents  who tortured detainees during the Bush administration. But they did prosecute one agent: John Kiriakou, the man who blew the whistle on the interrogation procedures. Earlier this week, Kiriakou pleaded guilty to leaking the identity of one of […]

  • On December 29, 2014, the Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information of the German state Rhineland-Palatinate issued a press release (in German) stating that it imposed a fine of €1,300,000 on the insurance group Debeka. According to the Commissioner, Debeka was fined due to its lack of internal controls and its violations of […]