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    Germany Strengthens Data Protection Laws; Recommends Against Using Google’s Chrome Browser

    Recently, Germany’s Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble announced that the country’s data protection laws would be strengthened. Schaeuble had called an emergency meeting of political and business leaders to discuss the issue after another privacy scandal broke out — this one concerning the ease of illegal purchasing of personal data online. The BBC reports: 

    A data protection office in Schleswig-Holstein, north Germany, said it had received CDs this month containing thousands of personal data items collected by a call centre, including bank account details, dates of birth and addresses.

    The head of the office, Thilo Weichert, told Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper that up to 20 million pieces of data from people’s bank accounts had been sold on to third parties.

    “The sale of bank account data is just as illegal as unsolicited telephone marketing – so-called ‘cold calling’,” Mr Weichert said.

    At a press conference held after the emergency summit, Schaeuble told reporters the government planned to make it illegal for firms to share data without permission from the affected individual. Deutsche Welle reports:

    In future an individual’s “express consent” would be needed to pass information, [Schaeuble] said, explaining that a working group would draw up proposals on higher fines for data protection violations and tighter rules on the trade with personal and financial information.

    “There will be no quick shots but speedy consultations to get the law proposal ready before the end of the year,” Schaeuble said.

    More coverage is available here and here.

    Also recently, Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security issued a recommendation that the public not use Google’s new Chrome browser, which was released in beta form. From the Washington Post coverage:

    Turns out the German IT experts conducted tests on the software and found “security gaps,” according to [a Federal Office for Information Security spokesman]. “If you are using this version for on-line banking, perhaps phishing attacks could be successful.”

    Moreover, he said, though beta versions are fine for testing, they generally should not be used for general purpose browsing.

    Deutsche Welle and the Associated Press have more coverage. Google’s Chrome has faced other privacy criticisms, as well. The company changed its browser’s data retention policies after an uproar accusing the Chrome browser of “essentially acting as a keylogger, potentially recording users’ every keystroke,” reports Computerworld.  

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