big data / consent / data controller / GDPR / General Data Protection Regulation / Personal data

Data Protection and data analytics: what is Art. 29 WP really saying to businesses wanting to innovate with data?

    In three-month time, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), will become applicable to many, if not all, data processing activities to which living individuals can be associated. Businesses operating in Europe have had about two years to prepare for this change. As readers know, even if the GDPR is a lengthy piece of … Continue reading

data protection agencies / European Data Protection Supervisor

‘Towards a new digital ethics…’ – a vision for the future EU digital society? European Data Protection Supervisor publishes opinion on digital ethics

How should you go about addressing the ethical challenges of privacy-invasive emerging technologies with a foot in the present but an eye to the long-term future? The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) – the independent pan-EU data protection agency tasked with monitoring and advising on data protection and privacy compliance issues – has published an … Continue reading

big data / Data protection

ICO responds to public comments on its approach to Big Data and Data Protection, and sets out its future agenda in this area

Big data may not be a ‘game-changer’ under data protection law, but it does ‘up the stakes’ for data-controller compliance obligations On 6 May, the European Commission published a Communication on a Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe. This sets out various measures to be taken so that “individuals and businesses can seamlessly access and … Continue reading

anonymisation / big data / Data protection / Privacy / pseudonymisation

The Council of the EU and the proposed Genaral Data Protection Regulation… And what about pseudonymous data?

NGOs (non-governmental organisations) have been doing a good job recently in trying to explain where things stand in the process of re-drafting [and maybe one day adopting] the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You might remember that on 25 January 2012, the European Commission released a Proposed Revised Data Protection Legislative Framework, including the GDPR. … Continue reading

big data / consent / Data protection / health data / Privacy / sensitive data

Article 29 Working Party on the concept of health data: could it mean that we need to adapt the definition of health data as well as that of personal data?

On 5 February 2015, the Article 29 EU Data Protection Working Party (WP) issued a letter addressed to Paul Timmers – the Director of Sustainable and Secure Society at the European Commission. Within the Annex of this letter, the WP identifies relevant criteria to determine when data processed by lifestyle and wellbeing apps and devices … Continue reading