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Dr Hana Štěpánková, the Office´s spokeswoman will deliver a presentation on the modernization of the Council of Europe Convention 108 and will chair a series of seminars at the conference organized by the francophony group in Dakar, Senegal 19 – 22 September 2011. The idea behind the seminar is to support the African states which prepare or already apply data protection legislation.
Lawyer of the Office, Mr Vít Zvánovec, has been co-operating on a project designed to assist the Macedonian data protection authority. His share of work consisted in analyzing from data protection view the existing legislation in the areas of education and employment; drafting indispensable amendments and training of the Macedonian data protection authority´s staff as well as the members of professional public in the given areas. Next activities of Mr Zvánovec within the project are scheduled for January and February 2012.
English translation of Czech Constitutional Court´s judgement on data retention is available here.
English summary of the Office´s Annual Report 2010 is now accessible here.
Google Ireland Ltd., with its seat in Ireland, was registered in the personal data processing register maintained by the Office for Personal Data Protection as the controller responsible for operating the Google Street View service in the Czech Republic. Press release is available here.
As media widely informed in the recent days, the Apple company has tracked and located users of their iPhone. WP29, the European Commission´s advisory body in the area of data protection, co-chaired by Mr Igor Němec, President of the Czech data protection authority, seeks common approach to this issue.
Representatives of the Office took part in the 13th meeting of the Central and Eastern Europe Data Protection Authorities on 28 – 29 April in Budapest. Text of the adopted declaration, by which counterparts from Serbia and Ukraine were invited to join the CEEDPA platform, is available here. Czech representatives have also established first working contact with the Ukrainian partner and clarified details of seminars intended for newly recruited staff of the Data Protection Agency in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Mr Němec, president of the Office, joined a meeting of the Czech Senate´s Standing commission for privacy protection. They discussed the recent European Commission´s communication - A comprehensive approach on personal data protection in the European Union outlining a major review of the EU legal framework for data protection. Mr Němec presented the Office´s standing (called officially a framework position) on this document. Members of the Standing commission, after a vivid discussion, took into account the position.
The Office has taken stance towards the European Commission´s proposal for the so-called PNR directive. You are invited to read it here.
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