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Will Bulgaria get ePrivacy done in time?

Earlier this month the current Bulgarian Presidency of the European Council sent out a progress report on the draft ePrivacy regulation, and the question on everyone’s lips was whether there would be a general approach before Bulgaria gives up the presidency at the end of June.

Read full article: Will Bulgaria get ePrivacy done in time? Doesn’t look good

EU ministers to consider proposals on drone safety standards

On Tuesday, the European Parliament agreed draft regulations to create EU standards for manufacturers which must now be put before EU member states ministers for approval.

Maximum altitude and distance limits for drone flights will be set, alongside additional safety features, common certification and training rules. The draft EU rules are designed to be proportionate to the risk posed by drone flights. Privacy and data protection rights must be safeguarded and drone operators should have sufficient training to fly.

Source: EU ministers to consider proposals on drone safety standards

How GDPR changes use of Browser Fingerprinting and Web Trackers

Browser fingerprinting is on a collision course with privacy regulations. Compared to more well-known tracking “cookies,” browser fingerprinting is trickier for users and browser extensions to combat: websites can do it without detection, and it’s very difficult to modify browsers so that they are less vulnerable to it. As cookies have become more visible and easier to block, companies have been increasingly tempted to turn to sneakier fingerprinting techniques.

But companies also have to obey the law. And for residents of the European Union, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which entered into force on May 25th, is intended to cover exactly this kind of covert data collection. The EU has also begun the process of updating its ePrivacy Directive, best known for its mandate that websites must warn you about any cookies they are using.

Read article: The GDPR and Browser Fingerprinting: How It Changes the Game for the Sneakiest Web Trackers

Implementing appropriate security under the GDPR

Security of processing is a foundational principle of the GDPR. Under Article 5(1)(f), personal data shall be “processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organisational measures (‘integrity and confidentiality’).”

Read full article: Implementing appropriate security under the GDPR

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 is not at all like the GDPR

There seems to be a rise in fearmongering about the next big potential privacy legislation on the horizon after GDPR – the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. Consultants, bloggers, and, sadly, some well-respected law firms, have hyped the initiative as “very similar to the GDPR,” and a “sweeping, GDPR-like privacy regime.”

However,California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 is not like GDPR. The Act is not an “act” at all – it is an initiative that may appear on the ballot in California during the November elections. And while the ballot initiative proposes some interesting, and arguably misguided, privacy requirements, few of those requirements have any analog within the GDPR. Furthermore equating the California initiative to the GDPR masks its real aim, purpose, and danger.

Read full article: Bryan Cave – Stop the hype! The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 is not at all like the GDPR

GDPR implementation bills: The election problem

It is by now no secret that a lot of EU countries won’t have implementing acts ready in time for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation this week. While this is unlikely to be the end of the world for most companies — the GDPR doesn’t need to be transposed into member states’ national laws to apply — it does create a level of confusion where the new regulation clashes with still-active national implementations of the old EU Data Protection Directive.

Read full article: GDPR implementation bills: The election problem

UK Privacy Regulator Open to Self-Certification under GDPR

Organizations in Europe may eventually be able to self-certify that they are compliant with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, an official at the U.K.’s independent privacy watchdog said. But at the moment there is no such thing as GDPR certification; there is only compliance that you can work toward.

Source: GDPR: UK Privacy Regulator Open to Self-Certification

UK’s police warns tech companies on use of encryption

The encryption technology that keeps smartphone users’ private messages safe could be regulated by the government because it is sometimes used by terrorists, the senior inspector overseeing the UK’s police forces has claimed.

Firms responsible for instant messaging apps are “making life easier for terrorists, paedophiles and organised criminals” while frustrating law enforcement by locking out the police, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary said.

Source: Tech companies are bringing regulation on themselves by using encryption, warns UK’s top police watchdog | The Independent

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