Big fines in Italian privacy “swoop”
The Italian Garante has been busy with a programme of compulsory Data Protection audits and has issued over 250 penalty proceedings. Fines of more than €2.5m have been levied. Cases of non compliance have included illegal use of databases and unlawful telemarketing.
Hong Kong Privacy law under review
The current “Ordinance” which governs data use in Hong Kong is being reviewed.
More stringent regulation of sensitive personal data is proposed as well as more governance of data processors and voluntary breach notification.
The regulator (PCPD) also has telemarketing in his sights:-
“Direct marketing calls are often a cause of complaint and nuisance to the data subjects. The PCPD is of the view that the existing level of a fine at Level 3 (up to $10,000) may not be sufficient to act as an effective deterrent”
New Data Law in the Philippines
A major outsourcing region, the Philippines, has introduced a new bill on data protection which is expected to be implemented before March. Unauthorised processing of data will be a criminal offence and tough penalties of millions of pesos or significant jail terms are proposed. More details will emerge when the bill is published.
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