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Changing the rules 2009

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InnovationSociety for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication - SWIFT data privacy investigation
Originality7
Rationale6
Impact6
Total19
DescriptionWhen, in the post 9 / 11 fight against terrorism,the US Treasury subpoenaed SWIFT to disclose bank messaging information, it was investigated by the Belgian Privacy Commission. Linklaters argued that, as 'de facto delegate', it has limited data protection obligations compared to banks themselves