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Germany adopts stricter data protection law - serious impact on business compliance

Germany - July 23 2009 On July 3, 2009, the German Federal Parliament passed comprehensive amendments to the Federal Data Protection Act (the "Federal Act").

Dr. Jörg Hladjk, Lisa J Sotto, Bridget C. Treacy

Data subjects to be informed of CCTV surveillance use

Lithuania - June 4 2009 On April 17, 2009, the Lithuanian Data Protection Agency (ADA) issued recommendations on video surveillance, specifying that the use of CCTV should be notified by data controllers, irrespective of whether or not the images collected are recorded in a file.

Cédric Burton, Dr. Jörg Hladjk, Olivier Proust

Prosecutor’s office blocks website access

Belgium - June 4 2009 On April 22, 2009, the Belgian Public Prosecutor ordered 17 Internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to a Dutch website (www.kinderporno.nl) that was disclosing the names and locations of individuals suspected of pedophile crimes.

Cédric Burton, Dr. Jörg Hladjk, Olivier Proust

Spanish DPA issues internet user privacy recommendations

Spain - June 4 2009 On May 13, 2009, the Spanish Data Protection Authority (AEPD) issued extensive guidance with online privacy and security recommendations.

Cédric Burton, Dr. Jörg Hladjk, Olivier Proust

ICO issues RAND report on strengths and weaknesses of EU Data Protection Directive

European Union, United Kingdom - June 4 2009 On May 12, 2009, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office published a study commissioned from RAND Europe, setting out the strengths and weaknesses of the European Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46/EC).

Cédric Burton, Dr. Jörg Hladjk, Olivier Proust