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Overseas News

German telemarketers fined

The German Federal Network Agency recently levied fines of €194,000 against 2 companies accused of illegal cold calling.  The companies unsuccessfully tried to claim that they had obtained prior consent to the calls through acceptance of the terms and conditions of an online game.

Blackberry denies data access

The company behind the BlackBerry has promised that it will not allow access to user data by Indian Government agencies. India had warned that it would join the UAE and Saudi Arabia in blocking the devices if access was not provided to email and message data.

French toast Cookies?

Under a French Bill implementing the Cookie directive, data controllers will have to inform users about cookies in a clear, accessible and permanent way. Opt-in consent will be required before installing a cookie and browser settings won’t count. The bill is currently being debated in the lower Chamber.

Italy stop list imminent

When the Italian “Robinson” list is finally introduced (probably October 2010), list owners will have to provide their data to the Garante’s Office for cleaning and should only supply cleaned data to users. Lists will need to be cleaned monthly and extracts used within 30 days.

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