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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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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 regulators have decided to pursue joint legal action against Google in the most coordinated effort to date against the Internet services provider by national regulatory authorities. In October, European Union privacy authorities requested changes to the Google’s unified privacy policy, critiquing the policy’s lack of transparency and clear user choice. The recent announcement, a… » read more

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Europe’s Data Protection Authorities have made a bold new move in their long-running fight to compel changes in Google’s controversial privacy policy. After repeated warnings that the policy violates the rights of European users and persistent indifference from Google, six of the 27 members of the EU’s Article 29 Working Party of national Data Protection… » read more

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I attended the recent Europe Data Protection Congress in Brussels hosted by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). After three days of attending sessions, listening to some of the best-known European experts speak about data protection and privacy, and talking to dozens of other attendees, I walked away with one very clear observation: European… » read more

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This interview was conducted by SafeGov with Norwegian Data Protection Commissioner Director Bjørn Erik Thon in Oslo in early October 2012. Thon has been the Commissioner for two years. Prior to that he worked for the Norwegian equivalent of the Federal Trade Commission. The Norwegian Data Protection Authority was created 30 years ago. It has… » read more

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