“Positive vibes” as Trilogue on GDPR begins today

Positive EU vibes2Speaking after the first Trilogue meeting today, Jan Philipp Albrecht, Rapporteur for the European Parliament said that agreement between the European Commission, Parliament and Council of Ministers may be achievable by the end of 2015 alongside the Data Protection Directive for law enforcement – the so-called EU Police Directive.

Speaking to reporters, Albrecht said: “The Trilogue (negotiations) today showed very clearly that agreement is feasible if all parties are open to compromise. All parties are committed to the timetable. The texts are actually a lot closer to each other now than we thought a few months ago.”

He was referring to the versions of GDPR that each side has as they enter negotiations over the next 6 months in order to reach agreement on the precise wording for GDPR...

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European Council of Ministers in “historic step” for GDPR by end of 2015

V Jourova, European Commission describes progress on GDPR as an historic daySpeaking at a news conference a few hours ago, Věra Jourová, the European Union’s Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality announced that an “historic step” had been taken today as the European Council of Ministers reached agreement on the general approach on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Latvia’s minister for justice Dzintars Rasnačs added: “We have moved a great step closer to modernised and harmonised data protection framework for the European Union. I am very content that after more than 3 years of negotiations we have finally found a compromise on the text and (GDPR)… will strengthen individual rights of our citizens and ensure a high standard of protection.”

What this means is that the Council of Ministers has political agreement on the basis of...

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Magna Carta is still relevant for the rule of law, observes David Pearson

Guest blogger David Pearson shares his thoughts on the significance of the 800th year anniversary of the Magna Carta.

Magna cartaThis weekend marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede by King John on 15thJune 1215. On 14th June church bells will peel across the land to celebrate the occasion. (That happens to be my birthday so I’ve told my lunch guests that I’ve arranged the bell ringing in my honour.) Magna Carta was effectively a peace treaty between King John and the Barons who opposed him to avoid a civil war.

Most of its 63 clauses constitute a deal restoring or granting rights to the Barons. King John had no intention of honouring these clauses and within eight weeks had persuaded Pope Innocent III to annul it.

So why has it come to be so significant in wo...

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A galaxy of stars twinkle in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2015

house-of-cards-kevin-spaceyKevin Spacey, the Hollywood star who has spent so long running the Old Vic he has almost become a Londoner, has been given the ultimate establishment accolade — an honorary knighthood.

Spacey, whose charity work has earned him the support of the Prince of Wales, is named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, published today.

The star of The Usual Suspects and House of Cards said: “I am honoured and humbled by such recognition from the Queen. I must thank the British public for being so supportive of my efforts on behalf of the Old Vic. I feel like an adopted son.”

As a US citizen, Spacey, 55, will be able to wear the insignia of the award, but will not be called Sir Kevin. His citation says he has done much to secure the long-term future of the theatre.

The list also sees a knight...

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Get 20% discount off new sponsorship book!

9780415637893Improving the Performance of Sponsorship written by British sponsorship award winning author and consultant Ardi Kolah is published globally on 29 June by Routledge.

Kolah is a senior lecturer on sponsorship at Cass Business School, Henley Business School, Kingston Business School and London Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law.

If you’re interested in ALL to types of sponsorship, then this is the book for YOU!

The book takes a timely and comprehensive look at all types of sponsorship – from sports, entertainment, music, media, charitable, education and environment – examining everything from its mechanics to ethical and legal issues as well as measurement and evaluation.

Where there has been a very public break down in the trust accorded to major organisations – such FIFA, the world ...

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Countdown to GDPR

time is tickingThe clock is ticking for reaching agreement on the EU General Data Protection Regulation, according to the European People’s Party (EPP) Group that brings together centre and centre-right pro-European political forces from the Member States and represents the largest group in the European Parliament.

Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 June 2015

The Council of Ministers will meet in Luxembourg to agree the adoption of a general approach to GDPR.

In effect, the Council will declare its own view on the preferred draft for GDPR and GDPR watchers the world over will be able to compare and contrast the various differences that will exist between this version and the one favoured by the European Parliament.

What started life as an ambitious proposal for reform by the European Commission that was amended ...

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When bankers cry – well, they will if they fined under GDPR

unhappy.yellow.shirt_.cropped1According to Varonis (Nasdaq:VRNS), a leading provider of software solutions for unstructured, human-generated enterprise data, banks will be among the first to be hit with massive fines for falling foul of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

In a poll conducted at Cebit – Europe’s largest IT show – the company revealed the level of how unprepared the financial services sector is to life under GDPR. Notably, 50% of all respondents that took part in the survey worked within the European banking sector.

According to Varonis, despite the small sample size of 145 respondents, its survey reflects a much wide degree of how under prepared the financial services sector is as well as the nervousness that has penetrated the wider banking community.

Key survey findings:

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What’s the view of the final text of GDPR according to EC?

JunckerIn the last couple of weeks the blogosphere has gone into overdrive regarding the final text of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that’s on track to emerge before the end of the year. Agreement between the European Parliament, Council of Ministers and European Commission now looks like a distinct possibility in November 2015 after which there’ll be a two-year transition period before sanctions begin to bite.

As GDPR watchers will have already clocked, there’s been a leak on the first reading of EU Regulation by the Council of Ministers. The document runs into 630 pages and can be accessed here.

Fortunately, the fog that’s surrounded the details of the final text of GDPR is now starting to lift.

The European Commission – the ‘honest broker’ in the deal between the Eu...

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The Imitation Game

Imitation GameIn the media this week there’s been a fair amount of speculation as to when the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is likely to see the light of day. Some commentators are speculating that sign-off by the European Parliament, Council of Ministers and the European Commission won’t happen until Spring 2016.

Earlier this year, a joint statement by EC vice president Andrus Ansip and EU Commissioner Věra Jourová indicated that GDPR could become law by the end of 2015. Perhaps this was wishful thinking?

And this week, some 60 pressure groups including the UK’s Open Rights Group, Liberty, the Dutch Consumer Council and US Electronic Privacy Information Centre have written an open letter to EU President Jean-Claude Juncker outlining their concerns over the way GDPR is currently d...

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Don’t call us. We’ll call you. And steal your data.

AT&T image of data theftWhile the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements have yet to be finalised, 20 years of European jurisprudence is a strong indication of the direction of travel where the supervisory authorities are going to clamp down hard on those organisations and their outsourcing providers that violate the new minimum standards for data protection.

And if you’re in any doubt how hard this will impact the telecoms sector, then you should look no further than what’s just happened to AT&T earlier this week in the US to get a taste of what we can expect to see here in the EU in the wake of the GDPR.

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reached a settlement with the telecoms giant AT&T to pay close to $25m for a series of consumer data privacy violations following an investi...

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