Congress slams Equifax breach response

A report by the US House of Representatives has called the credit agency’s 2017 data breach “entirely preventable” and urged the Federal Trade Commission’s powers be boosted.

12 December 2018

Brazil consumer watchdog fines pharmacy for discount scheme

A Minas Gerais consumer defence body has fined Brazilian pharmacy chain Drogaria Araújo 7.9 million reais (€1.8 million) for requiring customers to provide their tax registration number to be eligible for discounts without informing them how the data would be used.

12 December 2018

Schrems criticises Austrian consent decision

Campaigner Max Schrems has criticised a determination by Austria’s data protection regulator that an online newspaper subscription offer complies with the GDPR.

12 December 2018

Gleiss Lutz strengthens data offering

Germany’s Gleiss Lutz has bolstered its data protection and IT capabilities in its latest promotions round.

12 December 2018

Australian competition watchdog calls for GDPR-like rights

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has released a government-ordered report detailing concerns over Google’s and Facebook’s data-collection practices and calling for “more regulatory oversight”.

11 December 2018

DomainTools looks to overturn data scraping injunction

Domain name analysis company DomainTools has asked a US court to overturn a preliminary injunction stopping it from using New Zealand domain name data.

11 December 2018

King & Spalding elects data security partner

King & Spalding has promoted data security counsel Elizabeth Adler to partner in its Atlanta office.

11 December 2018

Shift in bulk interception policy will not increase investigative activity, says UK government

A spokesperson for the UK government has said that a shift in policy to make greater use of bulk surveillance legislation does not mean that its investigative activity is set to increase.

11 December 2018

Irish court strikes blow to data retention and access regime

An Irish judge has ruled that the country’s data retention and access regime for the purposes of fighting serious offences falls foul of EU law and European Convention on Human Rights standards.

10 December 2018

Healthcare IT company sued over data breach

Twelve US states are suing Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE) following a data breach in May 2015 that compromised the information of 3.9 million individuals.

10 December 2018