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Publishers call for rethink of proposed changes to online privacy laws

An alliance of news publishers has called on European regulators to rethink proposed changes to online privacy laws, arguing that they will potentially kill their digital businesses and give Google, Apple and Facebook too much control of advertising and personal data.

Source: Publishers call for rethink of proposed changes to online privacy laws | Media | The Guardian

Bavarian DPA Tests GDPR Implementation of 150 Companies

On May 24, 2017, the Bavarian Data Protection Authority (“DPA”) published a questionnaire to help companies assess their level of implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). The DPA announced that it has sent the questionnaire to 150 randomly selected Bavarian companies.

Source: Bavarian DPA Tests GDPR Implementation of 150 Companies

Harmonisation of EU Data Protection “becomes more distant” as Germany adopts GDPR bill

18 May 2017 The Federal Council (‘Bundesrat’) adopted, on 12 May 2017, a draft bill for a new Federal Data Protection Act (‘the Bill’), in light of the entry into force of the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (‘GDPR’), and following its adoption by the Parliament (‘Bundestag’) towards the end of April.

Source: Germany: Harmonisation “becomes more distant” as Bundesrat adopts GDPR bill

The proposed ePrivacy Regulation: EDPS and WP29 express concerns with consent and tracking walls provisions and other issues

Since its hotly awaited publication in January, the Proposal for an ePrivacy Regulation (“ Proposal “) has come under scrutiny from various stakeholders. Recently both the Article 29 Working Party (“ WP29 “), and the European Data Protection Supervisor (“ EDPS “), have joined the chorus.

Source: The proposed ePrivacy Regulation: EDPS and WP29 express concerns with consent and tracking walls provisions and other issues

Italian DPA issues its guidelines on the GDPR

The European privacy regulation (GDPR) can now rely on detailed guidelines from Italian data protection authority on how to comply with it. After the French and the Dutch data protection authorities, the Italian privacy regulator, Garante per la protezione dei dati personali, (the “Italian DPA “) issued its 6 step methodology on the GDPR which aims at also increasing awareness on the most relevant changes introduced: 1. More detailed consent and broader legitimate interest As already provided by the current regime, any type of processing of personal data needs to have a legal basis justifying it.

Source: ITALY: The privacy authority issues its guidelines on the GDPR

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