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SafeGov.org Statement: Public and private sector contracts should prohibit profiling and exploitation of user data Today, in response to the European Commission’s actions against Google finding that the company has abused its dominant share of Europe’s online search market and launching a formal investigation into Google’s Android platform, SafeGov.org calls the following three conclusions to… » read more

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By Jeff Gould, SafeGov. Today, the CNIL, France’s Data Protection Authority, announced that it will fine Google 150,000 Euros for its failure to comply with requests to modify its privacy policy to bring it in line with the French Data Protection Act. The CNIL stated: The company does not sufficiently inform its users of the… » read more

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By Jeff Gould, SafeGov Google says even non-Gmail users have “no legitimate expectation of privacy” when sending mail to Gmail users In a recent interview with SafeGov, Dr. Alexander Dix, Berlin’s Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, covered a broad range of data protection topics, focusing in particular on SafeGov’s proposal for Codes… » read more

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Survey Supports Stronger Privacy Protection for European School Children Today, after months of interviews with Data Protection Authorities and policymakers across Europe, SafeGov.org published the key findings that surfaced in these interviews related to protecting children’s privacy. The report was announced in a press release that also called for “online service providers, regulators, policymakers, schools… » read more

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By Bradley Shear, Law Office of Bradley S. Shear The CNIL, France’s independent administrative authority that ensures that data protection law is adhered to by companies doing business in France recently ordered Google to comply with the French Data Protection Act within three months or face sanctions for non-compliance. According to Reuters, the CNIL stated… » read more

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By Paul Schwartz, Berkeley Law School and Daniel Solove, TeachPrivacy The privacy law of the United States (US) and European Union (EU) differs in many fundamental ways, greatly complicating commerce between the US and EU. At the broadest level, US privacy law focuses on redressing consumer harm and balancing privacy with efficient commercial transactions. In… » read more

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The ARTICLE 29 DATA PROTECTION WORKING PARTY published a press release on 28 May: “European Data Protection Authorities argue for clear limits to profiling – further input to the data protection reform discussions.” The release opens with the following statement: Connecting personal data to create and use profiles has become an important challenge for individuals’… » read more

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Cloud computing allows dramatic flexibility in information processing—and on a global basis. Its technology permits data transmissions that span the globe. Computing activities now shift from country-to-country depending on load capacity, time of day, and a variety of other factors. These decisions are sometimes made in real time and by machines rather than humans. The… » read more

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European Union regulators have taken their first step to making good on their recent threat to take “repressive action” against Google by summer. Following last month’s final meeting between Google and European regulators at which “no change” in Google’s attitude was seen, at least five European countries have begun their own investigations into Google’s global… » read more

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On April 2 the French privacy authorities (known by their acronym CNIL) announced that France, and the privacy authorities in five other European countries (Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United-Kingdom ), had agreed to simultaneously begin enforcement actions against Google under their respective domestic privacy laws. The enforcement actions follow a months-long investigation… » read more

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