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Belgian Supervisory Authority Issues Guidance on Data Protection and Coronavirus

On March 13, 2020, the Belgian data protection authority (“APD”) issued guidance on data protection and COVID-19. The guidance is mainly aimed at employers processing personal data of employees in the context of the measures they have taken to contain the spreading of COVID-19. The guidance is divided in the following three parts: legal basis […]
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Hungarian Supervisory Authority Issues Guidance on Data Protection and Coronavirus

On March 10, 2020, the Hungarian National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (“NAIH”) issued guidance on data protection and COVID-19. The NAIH highlights that controllers processing personal data in the context of their efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 must comply with the GDPR as well as Hungarian data protection law. […]
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Spanish Supervisory Authority Issues Statement on Data Protection and Coronavirus

The Spanish Supervisor Authority has issued a statement and report on data protection and COVID-19. The AEPD highlights that controllers processing personal data in the context of their effort to prevent COVID-19 must comply with the GDPR, the Spanish Data Protection Law, and the Spanish sectorial health laws. However, the AEPD underlines that these laws […]
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UK Supervisory Authority Issues Statement on Data Protection and Coronavirus

The Information Commissioner’s Office, the United Kingdom’s GDPR supervisory authority, has issued a statement on data protection and COVID-19, making it clear that the ICO will take a “reasonable and pragmatic” approach regarding compliance with the GDPR in light of the current health emergency and will not “penalise organisations that … need to prioritise other […]
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Irish Supervisory Authority Issues Guidance on Data Protection and COVID-19

On March 6, 2020, the Irish Supervisory Authority (“DPC”) issued guidance on how companies should process personal data when taking steps to contain the spread and mitigate the effects of COVID-19. The DPC made clear that data protection law does not stand in the way of the provision of healthcare and the management of public […]
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University of Hertfordshire Avoids Data Breach Action by UK Watchdog

The United Kingdom ICO has investigated an incident in which the names and email addresses of approximately 2,000 University of Hertfordshire students were accidentally included as an attachment in a bulk emailing promoting an art lecture, but has decided to take no further action. The university reported the breach of privacy as required under the GDPR, […]
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European Power Grid Organization Says its IT Network Was Hacked

The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity, whose members include large electric transmission operators across the continent, and ensures coordination of European electricity markets, said Monday that its IT network had been compromised in a “cyber intrusion.” The compromised office network was reportedly limited to business functions, not operations or critical control systems. […]
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Advocate General Delivers Opinion on GDPR Consent

On March 4, 2020, Maciej Szpunar, Advocate General of the EU’s Court of Justice, delivered his opinion in the case C-61/19 Orange România SA v Autoritatea Naţională de Supraveghere a Prelucrării Datelor cu Caracter Personal. The AG concluded that a printed telecommunication contract stating that customers consent to the processing of a copy of their […]
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ICO Fines International Airline Cathay Pacific GBP 500,000 for Failing to Secure Customers’ Personal...

On March 4, 2020, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office fined the international airline Cathay Pacific Airways Limited £500,000 for failing to protect the security of its customers’ personal data. The fine was issued under the Data Protection Act 1998 (the “DPA”) and represents the maximum fine available. The ICO found that between October 2014 and May 2018, Cathay […]
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Canadian Government Breaches Exposed Citizens’ Data: Report

Data breaches at the Canadian government agencies responsible for national defense, healthcare, tax revenue, postal service, and immigration reportedly exposed the personal information of approximately 144,000 citizens over a two-year period. The breaches only came to light in January when Conservative MP Dean Allison demanded that the country’s federal government produce a report for the […]
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