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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 330

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Data protection: MEPs endorse modernisation of Council of Europe convention

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 febbraio 2019

Civil Liberties MEPs recommended giving green light to EU countries to ratify the protocol amending the Council of Europe data protection convention.The amending protocol aims to modernise and harmonise the Council of Europe data protection convention (Convention 108) in response to emerging privacy challenges, and to ensure it is adequately applied. Its adoption will also facilitate the exchange of personal data based on appropriate safeguards, MEPs say.They also underline the new protocol will ease data sharing between the EU and non-EU parties to the convention. Moreover, the amending text introduces the possibility for the EU and other international organisations to join the convention.Under the currents rules only states can be parties of the data protection convention which is why the EU cannot sign or ratify the amending protocol. In the recommendation, adopted on Monday by unanimity of 44 votes, MEPs gave consent to EU countries to ratify the protocol.
The recommendation now needs to be approved by the Parliament as a whole after which the Council can authorise Member States to ratify the amending protocol.

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Data Protection Officer, vacilla la norma

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 gennaio 2017

sanità-digitaleUno dei principali obiettivi del nuovo Regolamento UE 2016/679, è quello di creare il giusto clima di fiducia tra i cittadini per far decollare il mercato digitale nell’Unione Europea, un’economia da 272 milioni di euro che può continuare a crescere solo se gli utenti si sentono a loro agio mentre fanno acquisti in Internet, senza doversi preoccupare che i loro dati personali potrebbero essere trattati illecitamente o utilizzati per commettere frodi a loro danno.E se da una parte la nuova normativa comunitaria sulla privacy inizia a preoccupare le imprese, che si dovranno adeguare entro il 25 maggio 2018 per non rischiare multe fino a 20 milioni di euro o fino al 4% del fatturato annuo, sul fronte del mercato del lavoro ci sono invece prospettive positive, derivanti dalla crescente necessità di esperti della materia e dall’obbligo di nomina di un “data protection officer” per tutte le pubbliche amministrazioni e per le imprese che trattano su larga scala dati sensibili o altri dati che presentano rischi specifici, oppure se nelle attività principali vengono effettuati trattamenti che richiedono il controllo regolare e sistematico degli interessati, come avviene spesso nelle attività di e-commerce in cui gli utenti vengono profilati online per proporre loro prodotti e servizi in base ai loro gusti e alle loro preferenze.
Un contesto che, secondo le stime dell’Osservatorio di Federprivacy, nei prossimi 12 mesi potrà richiedere fino a 45mila esperti solo in Italia. Numeri importanti, quelli di un’emergente categoria professionale che necessiterebbe però di più trasparenza nel mercato con standard e parametri di riferimento che sono in cantiere da un anno e mezzo con una specifica norma UNI arrivata ora a conclusione del suo iter, ma i cui contenuti non convincono la principale associazione di riferimento del settore:
“Quello della norma tecnica sarebbe stato lo strumento ideale a disposizione degli stakeholder per definire i requisiti che devono possedere i professionisti della privacy per poter essere riconosciuti dal mercato, ovviamente a condizione imprescindibile che tali regole fossero allineate alle prescrizioni del Regolamento UE e alle recenti Linee Guida del Working Party Art.29, nelle quali è stato precisato che il data protection officer deve avere in particolare una conoscenza specialistica della normativa e delle prassi in materia, talvolta anche più elevata in base alla complessità o alla mole dei trattamenti effettuati – spiega il presidente di Federprivacy, Nicola Bernardi – Da parte nostra, abbiamo segnalato in tutte le sedi la necessità di disegnare un profilo adeguato del DPO, ma ora dobbiamo con rammarico constatare che il progetto finale di norma vede un profilo professionale stravolto rispetto ai dettati dell’UE, generico per quanto riguarda le conoscenze giuridiche della normativa, e con molte altre conoscenze invece informatiche, riconducibili più a quelle di un security manager che a quelle richieste a un data protection officer. Allo stato attuale – conclude Bernardi – questa norma non risponde ne’ alle prescrizioni di legge, ne’ alle esigenze di mercato, e per questo rischia di essere solo fuorviante per le imprese che sono alla ricerca del professionista giusto a cui conferire l’incarico.”
Il documento in questione, (Cod. Progetto E14D00036), è stato messo ora all’inchiesta pubblica finale, e tutte le parti interessate possono esprimere i loro commenti fino al 25 marzo 2017, quando UNI tirerà le somme per verificare se ci siano i presupposti perché la norma sul data protection officer possa venire alla luce oppure no.Certo è, che per spingere sul mercato digitale l’Unione Europea ha varato una riforma sulla protezione dei dati personali egualmente vigente in tutti gli Stati membri, e altrettanto evidente è che la norma così com’è allo stato attuale devia da quella direzione, e rischia di far mancare alle imprese le giuste professionalità, con il pericolo di ingenerare confusione nel mercato delle professioni.Imprese e pubbliche amministrazioni, devono perciò vigilare attentamente per non incorrere in pesanti sanzioni, perché è in gioco la loro organizzazione e la capacità di rispettare la normativa sulla circolazione e protezione dei dati, senza dimenticare infine che è indispensabile evitare di offuscare i diritti fondamentali che sono riconosciuti per legge ai cittadini.

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Data protection: Civil Liberties MEPs visit the US

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 18 Mag 2016

Commissione-europeaThe “Privacy Shield” on commercial transfers of personal data to the US, implementation of the newly adopted EU data protection rules and counter terrorism measures are among the key issues that Civil Liberties MEPs will debate with US counterparts during their visit to Washington and Silicon Valley 16-20 May.The eight MEP strong delegation headed by Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) will be in Washington on 17-18 May to meet with Members of Congress, US government officials and representatives from civil society to debate issues in relation to data protection and counter terrorism. On 19 May the delegation will be in Silicon Valley to meet with academics from Stanford and representative from Facebook, Google and Cisco as well as start-ups and digital rights defenders.”With several key arrangements on data transfers expected to be agreed between the EU and the US in the coming months, this is a critical moment for the largest and most integrated economic relationship in the world”, said Claude Moraes ahead of the visit.
The European Commission is currently working to finalise the new “Privacy Shield” which is to replace the previous Safe Harbour. MEPs are expected to seek information in particular about judicial redress for EU citizens and the Ombudsperson mechanism foreseen under this arrangement.Further to this, negotiations on the “Umbrella agreement” on data transfers for law enforcement purposes are also ongoing. The agreement is expected to come to the European Parliament for a final yes/no vote before the summer. The implications of the new EU data protection rules adopted by the European Parliament in April will also be high on the agenda during the visit. Other central topics include counter terrorism measures, preventing radicalisation and reform of the US visa Waiver Programme.

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Data protection reform – Parliament approves new rules fit for the digital era

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 15 aprile 2016

parlamento europeoNew EU data protection rules which aim to give citizens back control of their personal data and create a high, uniform level of data protection across the EU fit for the digital era was given their final approval by MEPs on Thursday. The reform also sets minimum standards on use of data for policing and judicial purposes.Parliament’s vote ends more than four years of work on a complete overhaul of EU data protection rules. The reform will replace the current data protection directive, dating back to 1995 when the internet was still in its infancy, with a general regulation designed to give citizens more control over their own private information in a digitised world of smartphones, social media, internet banking and global transfers.”The general data protection regulation makes a high, uniform level of data protection throughout the EU a reality. This is a great success for the European Parliament and a fierce European ‘yes’ to strong consumer rights and competition in the digital age. Citizens will be able to decide for themselves which personal information they want to share”, said Jan Philipp Albrecht (Greens, DE), who steered the legislation through Parliament.
“The regulation will also create clarity for businesses by establishing a single law across the EU. The new law creates confidence, legal certainty and fairer competition”, he added.The new rules include provisions on:
· a right to be forgotten,
· “clear and affirmative consent” to the processing of private data by the person concerned,
· a right to transfer your data to another service provider,
· the right to know when your data has been hacked,
· ensuring that privacy policies are explained in clear and understandable language, and stronger enforcement and
· fines up to 4% of firms’ total worldwide annual turnover, as a deterrent to breaking the rules.
The data protection package also includes a directive on data transfers for policing and judicial purposes. It will apply to data transfers across borders within the EU as well as, for the first time, setting minimum standards for data processing for policing purposes within each member state.The new rules aim to protect individuals, whether victims, criminals or witnesses, by setting out clear rights and limitations on data transfers for the purpose of prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties, including safeguarding against and preventing threats to public security, while at the same time facilitating smoother and more effective cooperation among law enforcement authorities.

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Data protection: 24 June press briefing on start of negotiations

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 20 giugno 2015

bruxelles (1)Bruxelles. A press briefing on the state of play and next steps in negotiations on the update of EU data protection rules will be given on Wednesday 24 June at 14.00, European Parliament “Anna Politkovskaya” press room (Paul-Henri Spaak building, ground floor) by Parliament’s chief negotiators, justice ministers from the outgoing and incoming Council presidencies (tbc) and the EU Justice Commissioner. This joint press conference will be held in the European Parliament immediately after the first round of talks between Parliament, the Council and the Commission.

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Data protection: Parliament’s negotiators welcome Council negotiating brief

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 16 giugno 2015

european parliamentParliament looks forward to starting talks with ministers soon on reform to give the EU high common standards of data protection fit for the digital era, said its key negotiators on Monday, welcoming the Council’s announcement that it had approved its negotiating mandate. The first meeting between the institutions is scheduled for 24 June and will be followed by a joint press conference.The European Parliament adopted its negotiating position in March 2014 and has since been waiting for Council to agree on its own mandate to open talks on the final text.Reacting to the news of the ministers’ agreement, Parliament’s lead MEP on the data protection regulation, Jan Philipp Albrecht (Greens, DE) said:”After over a year of stalling, it is encouraging that we can finally push ahead with the EU data protection reform and that Parliament can begin negotiations with the Council.The challenge is now to reconcile the two sides, to ensure that the reform provides reliable and high common standards of data protection, and reach an agreement on this before the end of the year.There are clearly differences, notably on consumer rights and the duties of businesses. However, if we can negotiate constructively and pragmatically, it should be possible to deliver a compromise acceptable to both sides within the timeframe. This outcome would benefit everyone and show that the EU takes the concerns of its citizens in the digital age seriously.”Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), who will be chairing the talks with Council and Commission, added:”It has now been over 1 year since the Parliament has adopted its mandate for the negotiations on the Data Protection Regulation proving its commitment to improving the standards of data protection. Since then, we have continually called for the Council to adopt its own position (“General Approach”) so that negotiations can begin to improve current legislation both for EU citizens and business. As it stands, EU legislation on data protection dates back to 1995, a time where internet access, smart phones or social media were not a part of daily life as they are today.Despite the difficult negotiations involved, the Parliament, led by the Rapporteur Jan Albrecht, will work towards finding a swift agreement on the Data Protection Regulation by the end of 2015 which will set out a robust, modern, consistent and higher level of protection for the years to come. As Chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee I would also urge the Council to ensure that they find agreement on the Data Protection Directive for law enforcement by October 2015 as the Parliament’s position has always been clear that we treat both proposals as a package”
The first three-way talks between Parliament, Council and Commission are to be held in the European Parliament on 24 June.. After the meeting, there will be a joint press conference by the three institutions at 14.00 (tbc).

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