Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. The strapline for the campaign is “Let’s create a better internet together”. In Luxemburg, BEE SECURE is responsible for the coordination of the Safer Internet Day and organizes a lot of events on that day.
In the context of the Data Protection Day, the National Commission for Data Protection, in collaboration with the APDL and Security made in Lëtzebuerg, organized a conference on the challenges ahead of the European regulation on data protection, followed by a panel discussion on risk analysis including issues related to Big Data.
On 27 January 2015, the National Commission for Data Protection, represented by Tine A. Larsen (President) and Georges Wantz (Commissioner), met with former Acting Secretary of Commerce and General Counsel of the United States, Cameron Kerry, and former Minister of Media and Communications, Jean-Louis Schiltz. The main points of discussion were the future European Regulation on data protection and the differences between European and American legal frameworks for the protection of privacy.
According to a judgement by the Court of Justice of the European Union, the Data Protection Directive applies to a video recording made with a surveillance camera installed by a person on his family home and directed towards the public footpath. The Court found that video surveillance which covers a public space and which is accordingly directed outwards from the private setting of the person processing the data cannot be regarded as an activity which is a ‘purely personal or household activity’.
The new composition of Luxembourg’s data protection authority has been announced on 7th November 2014. Ms Tine A. Larsen (lawyer), Mr Thierry Lallemang (lawyer) and Mr Georges Wantz (IT and technology specialist) have been appointed as commissioners. Ms Larsen is assuming the presidency.
The CNPD and the Chamber of employees (CSL - Chambre des Salariés) published a brochure about surveillance in the workplace. The aim of this publication is to inform the reader on the rights and obligations of the employee and the employer in this field. The different forms of surveillance analyzed in this brochure are videosurveillance, surveillance of the usage of IT equipment, Internet usage and e-mail traffic, recording or tracing of telephone calls, biometric recognition systems, geolocalization (GPS) and supervision of electronical access and of working hours.
National Commission for Data Protection
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