September 4, 2012
Bring Your Own Device: Data Privacy Recommendations and Technical Implementation
For many users everyday life without smartphones and tbablets is virtually inconceivable. These devices have become constant companions in day-to-day life, recreationally as well as in business. Times when only a privileged handful of executives were granted access to active business communications and corporate data while “on the road” gradually come to an end. The following article shows essential parameters of pertaining data protection law and technical matters. These are facts companies have to keep in mind if they plan to allow employees to use their private smartphones for business purposes (“BYOD,” short for “Bring Your Own Device”).
May 23, 2012
Privacy Laws in Germany - developments over three decades
Article by Prof. Dr. Michael Schmidl (Partner at Baker & McKenzie Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwaelten, Wirtschaftspruefern, Steuerberatern und Solicitors).
April 10, 2012
Data Privacy in the Cloud: A Dozen Myths and Facts
Corporate and consumer users are increasingly embracing hosted information technology solutions. Business models and terminologies vary and include service, rental, and advertising-financed offerings, described as “Software as a Service—SaaS,” “hosted solution,” “cloud computing,” and with other labels. In line with current nomenclature, this article will use “cloud computing” collectively for all hosted solutions that allow users to obtain additional functionality, storage, or processing capacity without having to buy additional devices or software copies. Instead, users access enhanced software, computing power, and data storage space on remote servers via existing computers and Internet browsers. This typically means less upfront investment to users and opportunities for leverage, specialization, and economies of scale for providers.
Article by Prof. Dr. Lothar Determann (Partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP).
March 13, 2012
A report on the IAPP data protection conference in Washington DC
From March 7-9, 2012, the annual IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals) conference took place in Washington DC. More that 10,000 privacy professionals worldwide belong to the IAPP. Some 2,100 privacy professionals took part in the Washington conference, where they exchanged views on various global data protection issues in a series of workshops held over three days.