For the first time, the Privacy Guarantor fines a public body for not having appointed the data manager

For the first time, the Privacy Guarantor fines a public body for not having appointed the data manager

For the first time

Penalty of 75 thousand euros to Mise, which at the time of the facts had not indicated the data protection officer. The investigations after the case of the information of thousands of managers published online

Ministry of Economic Development (LaPresse - Stefano Costantino) For the first time the Guarantor for privacy has sanctioned a public administration for not having appointed the data protection officer . The Ministry of Economic Development (Mise) is in the sights, which will have to pay 75 thousand euros for not having appointed the person in charge (RPD) by May 28, 2018, the date of full application of the European regulation for data protection, GDPR, and having disseminated the personal information of over 5 thousand managers on the institutional website.

Mise, writes the Guarantor, "proceeded to appoint and communicate contact data to the Guarantor with considerable delay". And this despite the fact that the authority had, "since May 2017, launched an articulated information activity aimed at all ministries, indicating precisely the appointment of the RPD among the priorities to be taken into consideration in the process of adapting to the new legal framework of the Regulation".

The non-appointment emerged during an investigation, opened by the Office also following some reports, with which it was ascertained the presence on the website of the Ministry of a web page with a list of managers in the which were visible and freely downloadable the personal data of more than five thousand professionals: name, tax code, email, full curriculum vitae with mobile phone and, in some cases, a copy of the identification document and health card. "Small and medium-sized enterprises, recipients of the vouchers provided for by the 2019 budget law, should have drawn on the list for the purchase of consultancy aimed at supporting technological and digital transformation processes", recalls the Guarantor. A story reported by Wired (9 thousand names were present on the site at the time).

It was also possible to download the directorial decree with which the list was approved, containing data and information from all managers. "In detecting the unlawfulness of the processing, the Guarantor held that the directorial decree referred to by the Mise, contrary to what it claimed, does not constitute an adequate regulatory basis for the dissemination of data online - reads the note -. The Authority also considered that the full publication of curricula, without any filter, represents a disproportionate processing of data, not in line with the principles of the Gdpr ".

The authority also provides advice on how the problem could have been solved: "To allow the meeting between the demand of the companies and the offer of consultancy by the managers it would have been sufficient to use less invasive tools than the publication on the web of the data and information of all the managers, thus avoiding the risk of exposing them to illegitimate uses by third parties (eg: identity theft, illicit profiling, phishing, etc.). For example, forms of selective access to restricted areas of the institutional site could have been envisaged through the attribution of authentication credentials (e.g. username or password), or even through the tools provided by the Cad, which allowed consultation only to SMEs. interested “.

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12.52am EST 00:52

Rich, developing nations wrangle over Covid vaccine patents

Richer members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) blocked a push by over 80 developing countries on Wednesday to waive patent rights in an effort to boost production of Covid vaccines for poor nations, Reuters reports.

Western nations argue protecting intellectual property rights encouraged research and innovation and that suspending those rights would not result in a sudden surge of vaccine supply.

In its eighth discussion on the topic since it was first raised in October, the WTO’s Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) Council spent three hours debating, but failed to agree.

Proposals need backing by a consensus of the WTO’s 164 members to pass. They did at least agree to discuss the matter twice again in April before the next scheduled Trips Council meeting on 8-9 June.

12.24am EST 00:24

Brazil’s hospitals are faltering as a highly contagious coronavirus variant tears through the country, the president insists on unproven treatments and the only attempt to create a national plan to contain Covid has just fallen short, AP reports.

For the last week, Brazilian governors sought to do something President Jair Bolsonaro obstinately rejects: cobble together a proposal for states to help curb the nation’s deadliest Covid outbreak yet. The effort was expected to include a curfew, prohibition of crowded events and limits on the hours non-essential services can operate.

The final product, presented Wednesday, was a one-page document that included general support for restricting activity but without any specific measures. Six governors, evidently still wary of antagonising Bolsonaro, declined to sign on.

Piaui state’s Gov. Wellington Dias told The Associated Press that, unless pressure on hospitals is eased, growing numbers of patients will have to endure the disease without a hospital bed or any hope of treatment in an intensive care unit.

“We have reached the limit across Brazil; rare are the exceptions,” Dias, who leads the governors’ forum, said. “The chance of dying without assistance is real.”

Those deaths have already started. In Brazil’s wealthiest state, Sao Paulo, at least 30 patients died this month while waiting for ICU beds, according to a tally published Wednesday by the news site G1. In southern Santa Catarina state, 419 people are waiting for transfer to ICU beds. In neighbouring Rio Grande do Sul, ICU capacity is at 106%.

11.52pm EST 23:52

Biden pledges to share surplus vaccines with rest of world

US president Joe Biden has pledged surplus vaccines will be shared with the rest of the world, after he announced the purchase of an additional 100m Johnson & Johnson doses.

“If we have a surplus, we’re going to share it with the rest of the world,” he said.

“This is not something that can be stopped by a fence no matter how high you build a fence or a wall. So we’re not going to be safe until the world is safe. And so, we’re going to start off making sure Americans are taken care of first, but we’re then going to try and help the rest of the world.”

The president reiterated plans to have all American adults vaccinated by the end of May and revealed the country hit a record of 2.9m vaccinations in one day on Saturday

Biden pledges surplus vaccines will be shared with the rest of the world – video

11.43pm EST 23:43

Brazil daily death toll passes 2,000 for first time

In case you missed this earlier: Brazil’s 24-hour death toll has for the first time passed 2,0000, as the world’s second worst-affected country in terms of the total lives lost sees records tumble.

Another 2,286 Brazilians had lost their lives in the 24 hours to Wednesday.

The latest high, which followed a record 1,972 deaths on Tuesday, took the South American country’s total death toll to more than 270,000, second only to the US.

Hours earlier Brazil’s former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, excoriated what he called President Jair Bolsonaro’s “moronic” and inept response to the pandemic.

“Lots of these deaths could have been avoided had we had a government which had done basic things,” Lula said, attacking how Bolsonaro had failed to buy vaccines and trivialized Covid-19 as a “little flu” about which only only “pansies” and “cowards” were concerned.

Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain, has shown scant sympathy for Brazilian victims of Covid, last week telling citizens to stop “whining” about the pandemic.

Speaking on Wednesday Lula said: “I want to express my solidarity with the victims of coronavirus, the relatives of the victims ... and above all with the heroes and heroines of our public health service.”

“Had it not been for our national health service we would have lost so many more people than we have lost,” he added.

11.32pm EST 23:32

Papua New Guinea has made facemasks compulsory as the country wrestles with an uncontrolled outbreak of community transmission of Covid-19.

The country’s police commissioner, and national pandemic response controller, David Manning, said masks would be compulsory on public transport and in any enclosed public space. Businesses and government must provide masks for workers.

PNG’s already fragile health system is on the verge of collapse, with swingeing budget cuts combining with surging infections of health care workers. Some hospitals have closed their doors, while others are running short of protective equipment for staff.

For the entire pandemic, PNG has recorded just 1741 cases, nearly half of which have been reported in the last five weeks.

Papua New Guinea pandemic controller and police commissioner David Manning Photograph: EMTV Papua New Guinea

But the real rate of infection is likely many times higher. Fewer than 50,000 tests have been conducted across the whole country for the entire pandemic, and in many places outside the capital there are no testing facilities at all.

Prof Glen Mola, the head of obstetrics and gynaecology at Port Moresby General Hospital said on facebook the situation at his hospital was critical.

At PMGH the Covid ward is full. Patients are dying of Covid every day now.

We are trying to look after Covid patients in other wards because there is no space in the Covid ward.

These positive cases are now infecting the nurses and doctors. Last week we had to put 10 staff off work because of Covid infection - if more staff have to go off work, then we may not be able to keep the hospital open. I think even the ‘naysayers’ will agree that if PMGH closes there will be chaos in Port Moresby.

11.20pm EST 23:20

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 14,356 to 2,532,947 data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Thursday.

The reported death toll rose by 321 to 72,810, the tally showed.

A sign indicates face masks are mandatory at a busy street crossing in Berlin. But many pedestrians are not wearing them. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

10.48pm EST 22:48

October deadline for vaccinating all Australians refers to first dose only

More on Australia’s vaccination schedule: opposition senators are probing health department officials the government’s commitment that Australian adults would be “fully vaccinated” by October.

In fact, the health department secretary, Brendan Murphy’s, evidence today is that every adult will have received the first dose of AstraZeneca, but maybe not everyone will have had the second dose. Is that a contradiction?


I said vaccinated by the end of October because every Australian adult will be offered a vaccine by the end of October. If a small number haven’t had their second AstraZeneca that doesn’t really matter, they are fully protected by the first dose. It is entirely consistent with what the prime minister and minister have said in the media.

Asked if “fully vaccinated” meant two doses, Murphy replied: complete the program [yes] but in terms of protection the first dose is fully protective.

There is full population coverage in terms of offering a vaccine. It’s a semantic debate.

The original October deadline was set when the best advice was that AstraZeneca doses should be given four weeks apart, but the advice changed that a 12-week gap makes it most effective.

Caroline Edwards, from the health department, said the government is still aiming to vaccinate everyone by the end of October.

She said:

We are still planning and hoping to have both shots by the end of October. In the event that we didn’t get all shots by the end of October, the second shot would be finished six weeks after the end of October.

Which would put us in December.

10.34pm EST 22:34

Australian health department does not have an ‘exact date’ for whole population being vaccinated

The chief medical officer, Paul Kelly, has revealed he is notified of “serious” adverse events related to the vaccine, but it’s so far so good.

He said:

There have been a few cases of anaphylaxis. There have been some deaths following immunisation but not related to immunisation.

[But] nothing unusual. The majority have been those consistent with clinical trial and real world data ... We’ve seen three cases of severe allergic reactions, but they were handled expertly and quickly, with no ongoing adverse effects.

Other adverse events are relatively minor and include pain at the injection site, some fever, body pain, headache, Kelly said, but “nothing untoward”.

Brendan Murphy said the first major “clinical milestone” will be when phases 1A and 1B are complete, when all “vulnerable Australians” are vaccinated. But health department officials can’t say when 4m Australians will be vaccinated, after Murphy signalled it will miss the original end-of-March timeline

Labor’s Katy Gallagher asks whether the October timeline means everyone will have had one or both of the AstraZeneca doses – which are ideally spaced 12 weeks apart – by that date.

Murphy said the October timeline is to have delivered the first dose, which is already “very effective” by itself.

As Gallagher notes, this contradicts the department of prime minister and cabinet secretary Phil Gaetjens’ evidence that the target relates to people having both doses. Murphy said this will be difficult.

Murphy said:

We haven’t got an exact date. We’re remodelling.

10.21pm EST 22:21

Taiwan in travel bubble talks

Taiwan officials have revealed they have been in talks since last year with several countries about the possibility of forming travel bubbles. It didn’t make clear whether all the discussions were still going, given some of the countries had seen recent resurgences of Covid cases.

According to Taiwan media, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung told colleagues on Wednesday the government is in discussions with Vietnam (current seven-day case average: seven) Japan (1,065) seven), Japan (1,065), Korea (417), Singapore (14) and Palau(no cases ever).

Both Japan and Korea’s rates are declining after a big spike in December.A bubble with Palau - A Covid-free pacific island nation and one of the few governments in the world which recognises Taiwan as a country- is the furthest along. According to reports travel could begin as soon as April, with eight flights per week carrying 200 passengers each. Tourism agencies have said tours would cost around $40,000NT per person (about US $1,400) per person, for a four-day trip - an increase on normal prices of about 166%, and not factoring in the cost of insurance and getting required Covid tests.

The next likeliest bubble is with Singapore. “The Singaporean government has the Covid-19 outbreak well under control and is most active in pursuing an opportunity to form a travel bubble with Taiwan,” Lin said.

Taiwan has kept the virus largely at bay, with just a few small local outbreaks which have been quickly brought under control. It’s borders are closed to non-residents and some select visa holders (including business travellers), and requires strict hotel or home residence quarantine on arrival (two weeks for most people, just five days for business travellers).

The government has remained extraordinarily cautious, and other attempts at travel bubbles elsewhere have been problematic, so people should perhaps not be planning holidays just yet.“We see the hope of resuming overseas travel one day, but we should not get our hopes too high as the COVID-19 situation remains serious in other countries,” Lin said.

9.57pm EST 21:57

Interim data from a late-stage study of their experimental Covid antibody therapy showed an 85% reduction in hospitalisation or death in patients, Vir Biotechnology Inc and GlaxoSmithKline Plc said on Thursday, Reuters reports.

Following the data an independent panel has recommended stopping the trial, the two companies said, adding they were planning to submit an emergency use authorisation application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment.

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