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.
In May 2014, a judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union strenghtened the "right to be forgotten". According to this judgment, a European citizen may ask a search engine operator to remove a link from the list of results following a search made on the basis of that person's name if the data is incorrect or no longer relevant. The most popular search engine Google has already made a "Search removal request" available on their page. Does this mean that anybody can erase all their traces online? The answer is no, even after the judgment of the European Court of Justice. This article explains what exactly is meant by the "right to be forgotten".
Tuesday, May 27, 2014, the National Commission for Data Protection presented its 2013 activity report at a press conference in Esch-Belval. A record number of 177 complaints or requests for verification of citizens, 26 investigations, 2054 declarations of organizations handling personal data including 833 subject to prior authorization, 2077 inquiries, these are the key figures of the CNPD in 2013. The year was marked by a particularly intense activity and the rise of complex technology issues, often with an international dimension. The year started with the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the CNPD in its new offices with a conference of the President of the European Court of Human Rights Dean Spielmann.
In the field of smart metering, the CNPD is assisting the GIE Luxmetering with the implementation of their operating processes and procedures as part of a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA). The aim of this approach is to assess the likelihood of privacy risks and to document the actions taken to address them. The CNPD is not only responsible for reviewing it, but also has a unifying role and contributes to the transfer of existing international experiences.
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