Press reports indicate
that Google faces penalties if it fails to amend its Street View service so as to comply with German law. Johannes Caspar, head of the data protection agency in Hamburg, listed 12 areas in which he claimed that Street View was in breach of domestic German privacy law. Most of these breaches related to the photography of people or their property without consent and to the handling of recorded data.
Dietmar Mueller, on behalf of the German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Bonn, said the agency in Hamburg was able to issue fines of over 100,000 euros and that, additionally, individuals could take Google to court for breaches of … Continue Reading ››
"Too important to be left to data protection specialists talking to each other": that was the verdict
of the Information Commissioner Richard Thomas on future reform of data protection legislation, as he announced publication this week of a major report
on the strengths and weaknesses of the ageing Directive 95/46/EC.
The 100 page review was produced by research organisation RAND Europe on behalf of the Information Commissioner's Office, to inform and stimulate debate about future reform of the legislation to make it fit for the globalised, networked world of the 21st Century.
It will not surprise Datonomy readers to know that the following bugbears feature among the weaknesses identified in the report:
the concept of "personal data" and its relationship to real privacy risks;
rules and mechanisms for international data transfers; and
the processor/ controller distinction.
Datonomy will be lugging the 100 page tome home … Continue Reading ››