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A lack of global understanding on limiting government surveillance of personal data poses the greatest threat to individual privacy rights, the chief of privacy policy for the United Nations said in an interview.

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The Philippines privacy office should become fully operational by mid-2018 and will protect the privacy rights of Filipino data subjects worldwide, according to the country’s privacy chief.

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Companies fear the European Union’s forthcoming ePrivacy Regulation may set rules that are out of step with the bloc’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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Companies operating in the Netherlands are concerned that a new government surveillance law may undermine the country’s status as an internet hub.

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European Union regulatory guidance on preparing for the bloc’s new privacy regime may change once the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect in May 2018.

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Companies are skeptical about EU plans to develop consumer labeling frameworks to show the security and data protection safeguards that are built into internet-connected devices.

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By Stephen Gardner. Interviews with leading privacy regulators, from the recent 38th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, which took place in Marrakesh, Morocco.

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A provisional agreement between the European Union and Canada on the transfer and retention of airline passengers data violates the privacy rights of EU citizens, a court adviser said.

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EU member country laws on the retention of communications data for law enforcement purposes should comply with the bloc's data protection standards and with privacy rights, according to an EU Court of Justice opinion.

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By Stephen Gardner. The Council of the European Union April 8 signed off on the bloc's landmark General Data Protection Regulation.

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