Category: Compliance

Ready for Cookie Sweep Day?

Cookie Sweep Day is coming! The French data protection authority CNIL will conduct a “cookie sweep” this coming September 15 to verify compliance with its recommendations on cookies and tracers used to collect and store personal user information on websites. These audits will be both on-site and remote inspections, meaning that as a website owner, your […]

French whistleblowers get new legal protections

As of 1 February, the new French whistleblower protection law is in effect. Its provisions protects French employees of private companies from sanction or dismissal “for having reported or testified in good faith, facts constituting an offense or a crime of which he was aware in the exercise of its functions”. A similar provision took […]

Is Google Analytics Illegal?

Today the Norwegian data privacy authority declared that it considers the use of the Google Analytics tool by the national tax administration and the educational loan fund illegal. Their argument is relatively clear. The public agencies apparently accepted Google’s standard terms of service which allows it to use IP addresses of tax and education fund users […]

What you don’t know about EU DATA PRIVACY law and why you need to know it today.

Outside a select group of specialists in IT law (and the even more limited and select group of data privacy law specialists), few company advisors or corporate legal departments truly understand how to be in perfect compliance with European Union data privacy regulations. Yet nearly every company doing business in the EU has to comply. […]

Donald Trump on bribery scandals: US “crazy” to enforce FCPA.

On CNBC’s Squawk Box, tycoon, occasional presidential candidate, Reality TV star and bottled water purveyor Donald Trump was asked about Wal-Mart’s allegedly widespread bribery in Mexico. Having obviously thought through the arguments for and against FCPA reform, he provided the following insights: If you want to operate in Mexico, you have to pay bribes. This is […]

69 Questions: EU quizes the G on its new privacy policy.

France’s data privacy authority CNIL (acting under EU mandate) sent Google the following questionnaire in order to clarify a number of concerns on the policy’s implementation, Google’s due diligence vis-a-vis its users and compliance of the policy with EU regulations. The EU’s Article 29 Working Party (grouping Member State data protection authorities) stated that it further […]

NGO on FCPA reform: fines should compensate victims.

The SERAP (Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project) has added its voice to the calls for FCPA reform. In a press release, the Nigerian NGO proposes that the US DOJ and SEC allocate a percentage of funds from fines exacted on corporations to aide the actual victims of corrupt government officials and agencies. SERAP argues that since […]

What to make of the EU reaction to Google’s new privacy policy?

Yesterday’s letter from the French National Commission on Information Technology and Freedoms (CNIL) points out some very specific problems in Google’s widely publicized new privacy policy, which comes into effect 1 March. While the new policy is exemplary in its clear language, the issues the CNIL enumerates are not so arcane as to concern only specialists in […]

The human factor: Dassault nEUROn drone blueprints stolen.

In an incident right out of a Bond film, Le Parisien newspaper reported Wednesday that documents related to Dassault Aviations’s nEUROn stealth drone were stolen at Paris’ Gare du Nord train station. The theft was carried out using a common pickpocket distraction technique where one of the executives carrying the documents quit a ticket queue (and […]

Lasers to Iran: U.S. Export Regulations are serious business.

According to Just Anti-Corruption, U.S.-based PRC Laser has been fined $42,000 by the U.S. Commerce Department for shipping an industrial laser to Iran through a 3rd party based in Dubai. The laser itself sold for $39,000. If the material had been more sensitive, the company could have been banned from exporting its products and perhaps […]