All posts by Michael Spooner

Posted on behalf of our new Brussels blogger Sebastien Lardinoit: Belgium and the US have recently reached an agreement on the exchange of fingerprint, DNA and other biometric information. The Belgian Minister of Internal Affairs Ms Turtelboom announced the news during the course of her visit to Washington at the occasion of the EU-America summit of December 2010. Reaching an agreement on such a sensitive issue was onerous and involved almost two years of negotiations. Initially there were many reservations from the Belgian Privacy Commission ("BPC"). The BPC expressed its concerns in its advice of 24 November 2010 on the US draft agreement on enhancing cooperation in Preventing and Combating Serious Crime ("PCSC") (advice available in French and Dutch on The BPC (amongst others)were concerned over the lack of clarity with respect to the circumstances in which fingerprints, DNA data and related data may be used and/or exchanged, however the US were … Continue Reading ››
Datonomy was pleased to attend the most recent legal forum of the Internet Services Providers' Association (more catchily known as ISPA) on the impact of the new telecoms package, which was held on Tuesday last week.

The telecoms package, adopted in November 2009, is wide ranging in scope, covering a number of key issues for internet and communication service providers ranging from data privacy through to proposals for a new pan-European regulator. Datonomy has previously commented on the telecoms package in relation to the new security breach notification requirement for communications service providers and the enhanced consent requirements for website cookies.

Speaking at the forum, Rupert Marsh of the Department for Buisness innovation and Skills (B.I.S.), outlined the timetable for the UK's implementation of the new package as
* Consultation with industry to be launched at the end … Continue Reading ››

"Rafa Benitez has this morning explained why he continues to play the rotation system. He says it’s to the keep the burglars guessing who’s at home or who’s in the team." Anon.

The ability to know where someone is at all times, or to make your own whereabouts publicly known via a social network is fraught with potential privacy issues.

This blog entry discusses the explosive growth of geo-location data and associated services powered by the widespread integration of GPS technologies into mobile phones raises privacy issues that include problems of anonymisation, consent and data sharing. The full article on which this entry was based is available to PLC subscribers here.

What do we mean by geo-location data services? These can be anything from the Tom-Tom GPS app on your mobile phone to specific services such as Whrrl and Continue Reading ››