Preview of upcoming events
IDACON 2016, 16. Congress for Data Protection Officals
The so called WEKA Academy invites now for the 16th time for the IDACON event. Main topics this year will be the impact of the Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the future of transatlantic data transfers and international date processing, IT security concepts as well as the future of the role as data protection offical.
The president of the BayLDA, Thomas Kranig, will join the IDACON and present "Cooperation between the Data Protection Authorities (DPA) in Europe - today and tomorrow".
More information of this event can be found at the official website www.idacon.de.
IT-Security Fair 2016
The BayLDA is going to visit the IT-Security Fair in Nuremberg this year as an exhibitor. Together with the Police Department of Middle Frankonia the BayLDA will have a booth in Hall 12, which is responsible operated by the Bavarian State Office for the Protection of the Constitution.
The main focus of the BayLDA will be legal and technial requriements and actions for companies that are needed from the persepctive of data protection and IT security. More information can be found in advance on the website of the fair: www.it-sa.de.
Review of past events
Volunteering congress 2016 in Nuremberg
For the third time, the Bavarian State Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Family and Integration organized the so called "Ehrenamtskongress" in Nuremberg - this is a Bavarian volunteering congress. The congress illuminated the different facets of civic commitment. It also offered in two days an extensive program with scientific and practical plenary lectures, workshops on various topics and interesting excursions. Moreover, there was enough space for meeting and networking with other participants.
The president of the BayLDA, Thomas Kranig, offered during the congress two workshops on the subject "Data protection in volunteering - what volunteers should know".
Security for retail
The IHK of Nuremberg and Central Franconia offered an information session for the retail industry with the topic "Retail security - Security systems and anti-theft". Speakers from the police and insurances presented hints for self-protection.
The President of the Bavarian Data Protection Authority, Thomas Kranig, informed in this event on "Legal framework for the use of electronic safeguards in retail".
"Princess, Casanova or Bot: Love in the Age of Global Networks" - Review regarding the "Blaue Nacht 2016" in Nuremberg
On the 7th of Mai 2016, the so called "Blaue Nacht" took place again in Nuremberg. The overarching theme was "Truth(s)". One of the topics therefore has been be the question regarding how truthful (and trustful) communication still is or can be. The BayLDA actively participated by hosting the event "Princess, Casanova or Bot: Love in the Age of Global Networks".
Especially the Internet is offering many possibilities related to love. The man/woman of someone's dreams is only one click away; at least this is how it seems. However, besides real dream men and women, users might also encounter braggart, criminals, imposters or even bots using dating websites.
Besides entertaining and serious portrayals, the BayLDA provided tips regarding the safe usage of dating websites. A poster of the BayLDA booth can be downloaded below. Further information regarding the "Blaue Nacht" can be found via the official website www.blauenacht.nuernberg.de.
3. German-American Data Protection Day
The Third German-American Data Protection Day was held on 22nd April 2016 in Munich. The event was organized by the Bavarian Industry Association (Vereinigung der Bayerischen Wirtschaft) in cooperation with the U.S. Consulate General in Munich and the Bavarian Data Protection Authority for the Private Sector.
Naturally, at the center of the event stood the draft EU-U.S. Privacy Shield recently produced by the European Commission as the legal framework designated to take the place of the Safe Harbor, which had been declared invalid by the European Court of Justice on 6 October 2015. Just a few days before the Third German-American Data Protection Day, the Article 29 Working Party, which includes the data protection authorities of the EU member states and the European Data Protection Supervisor, had issued its opinion regarding the draft EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. Therein, the Working Party urged the European Commission to reopen negotiations with the U.S. in order to reach amendments and clarifications on certain issues. Given this background, the composition of the panel - which included Prof. Dr. Martin Selmayr (cabinet chief of European Commission president Juncker), Ted Dean (chief negotiator of the U.S. Department of Commerce on the Privacy Shield) and Julie Brill (former Commissioner at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission) - provided for a high-class, up-to-date and lively discussion regarding the Privacy Shield and transfers of personal data from the EU to the U.S. in general. The panel was completed by Thomas Kranig, President of the Bavarian Data Protection Authority for the Private Sector, and Dr. Axel Keßler, a representative of Siemens, adding the perspective of a data protection regulator and an international company group as to the international data transfers issue.
Within very few years, the German-American Data Protection Day has already established as an important event of the transatlantic dialogue on data protection. This year's meeting added a further highlight in terms of up-to-date and intensive debating. It is against this background that the Bavarian Data Protection Authority for the Private Sector welcomes the announcement made by the Managing Director of the Bavarian Industry Association in his welcome note to host the 4th German-American Data Protection Day next year.
Following you can find some photos of the event (Photograph (c) Stephan Obermeier, vbw):
Photo 1: Podium picture
Photo 2: Mr Filip (BayLDA)
Photo 3: Group photo
Positive review about the so called "Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften 2015"
On the 24th of October 2015, the so-called "Lange Nach der Wissenschaft" took place in Nuremberg-Fuerth and Erlangen for the seventh time. At the Museum of Communication Science, the Bavarian State Authority on Data Protection for the Private Sector (BayLDA) participated by presenting a flyer "self-data protection in the age of never-ending data collections and intelligence services" ("Selbstdatenschutz im Zeitalter der Datenkraken und Schlapphüte"). This flyer should raise awareness regarding relevant day-to-day data protection topics.
The BayLDA addressed the growing concerns of citizens. As our daily routines are getting more and more interconnected, citiziens fear to become data objects. E.g. cars, grocery stores, surfing the web or at home - high tech sensors are targeting individuals and these individuals become traceable. Even without realizing it, many individuals are leaving digital footprints. These digital footprints are even covering their own intimate space, without these individuals knowing it.
Everyone was welcome to attend the event and to visit the BayLDA"s exhibition stand. At the Museum of Communication Science, there have been many other interesting presentations regarding "Night of Codes - Dreams and Horrors of Cyberspace". The BayLDA is thankful for the good collaboration with the Museum of Communication Science in Nuremberg and we are happy so many citizens joined us.
The flyer mentioned above is available via the section "Infoblaetter & Flyer" or here.
Privacy and Smart-TV - Publication of the results with regard to a German-wide Smart-TV examination
The BayLDA has examined 13 prodcuers of Smart-TV devices. These 13 companies stand for 90% of the market shares in Germany. The BayLDA examined data processing while using Smart-TVs. The BayLDA published the results of the joint examination during a press conference in Munich on the 27th of February 2015.
The results of our investigation have been diverse and surprisingly. With regard to some test scenarios of regular TV watching, we were able to detect data streams, which a normal TV user would not expect. Especially supplemental services of Smart TVs, personalizing your TV experience, did transmit user interactions to the producer, such as switching to another channel, recording a TV program or the playback of a content via USB. The TV viewer was not informed about it.
After our investigation, the German Authorities on Data Protection agreed on a common position and a guideline has been published. This guideline can be downloaded via:
Press Statement regarding the Smart TV investigation (German text)
Common Position regarding Smart TV (German text)
Procedure and Results of the Smart TV investigation (German text)
Guideline Smart TV (German text)