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European Commission requests the UK to strengthen Data Protection Regulation…

June 28, 2010 Leave a comment

This week the European Commission requested the UK to strengthen its data protection legislation to align with the EU Data Protection Directive. Claiming the UK regulations offered less protection than those required under EU rules, the UK has two months to consider the opinion and respond with measures to bring them into line.

The EU highlighted the following points:

1. The ICO cannot monitor third party country data protection rules – assessments which should come before international transfer of personal information

2. The ICO can neither perform random checks on people using or processing personal data, nor enforce penalties following the checks.

The full writeup can be found on the Europe EU Law press release page.

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Ghana takes first steps towards Data Protection Legislation…

January 7, 2010 Leave a comment

This week Ghana News reported some sweeping changes proposed in the countries telephony infrastructure, designed to reduce fraud and increase the revenue contribution to the Ghana budget. There has been some talk in the past re Ghana adopting legislation along the lines of the UK Data Protection Act, but this is one of the first clear indications of sponsorship at a ministerial level.

The Minister (Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, the Minister of Communications) also said plans were afoot for a number of supplementary legislations including data protection/privacy, cyber security legislation, intellectual property legislation, and e-transaction regulations.