The Institute for Government – situated in London in the elegant surroundings of Carlton Gardens - has recently published a report on Government Information Technology programmes. The starting point is to recognise the (total) inadequacy of these programmes so far, and to develop a new approach. The report was made by top government insiders, and so can be seen as authoritative. I went to the launch the other week, which was packed out. I thought I might find some parallels between the lines on technology I have been pursuing in previous posts and the problems and solutions outlined in the report. The difficulties which project planners and government institutions have in managing the new technologies might be similar to those faced by regulators and law makers with data protection concerns, with the bonus that the technology issue would necessarily be addressed more directly by the former. The report can be found on … Continue Reading ››
On Thursday, Datonomy attended the Data Security Masterclass held by Olswang LLP at its Reading offices. The session was well attended by representatives from a range of industries including the telecoms and financial services sectors - both of which are of course subject to rigorous regulation in this field. After describing the range of circumstances which can give rise to a data loss, Marc Dautlich (partner and head of Data Protection) spoke about the importance to organisations of having in place both a prevention plan and (should the worst occur) a response or mitigation plan. From a straw poll, around half of the group believed that their organisation had the former in place, but only a third had the latter. Dan Tench (partner in the Litigation & Arbitration Group) went on to address the range of legal concerns involved, both: (i) against a party who has obtained or leaked data, and (ii) … Continue Reading ››
This is just a brief note to let UK-based Datonomy readers know that there are a couple of places left at Olswang's Data Security seminar taking place on Thursday this week, in the Thames Valley Office in Reading, commencing at 8.45am. The link provides full details - please RSVP Verity.Pike@Olswang.Com if you would like to attend - first come, first served.
By Blanca Escribano Cañas, Partner at Olswang Spain and Ellen Martinez, Associate at Olswang Spain Last January Google faced off against the Spanish Data Protection Agency ("Agencia Española de Protección de Datos –"AEPD-") in the Spanish National Court ("Audiencia Nacional"). The reason: five decisions issued by the AEPD ordering Google to remove from its indexes certain links to websites containing information allegedly affecting individuals' privacy. The referred decisions were issued following the request of five individuals who wanted Google not to associate their names with negative events which had occurred years ago and that were published in the online editions of newspapers and regional official gazettes. While AEPD argues that the right to delete "data trails" in the Internet should be understood as an extension of the right to have data deleted and the right to object, the search giant states that information made available by third parties is public and its removal … Continue Reading ››
On 3 February 2011 the Danish Data Protection Agency (Datatilsynet) issued an opinion on cloud computing. In its opinion the DPA rejects the Municipality of Odense’s use of cloud computing to store certain sensitive information, primarily due to important security issues. The Municipality of Odense requested an advance opinion from the DPA concerning the municipality’s planned use within the school system of Google Apps online office suite with calendar and document processing features. The municipality wanted teachers to use the solution when registering information about lesson planning and assessments of lesson plans and individual students’ educational development. In addition, the teachers were to take notes on the classes and the students’ cooperation and prepare letters to parents regarding their children. The municipality also wanted to use the solution for planning and sending invitations to meetings and distributing information about school-related activities. The use of the solution would have involved the processing … Continue Reading ››