Google scraping not shown to harm consumers, say CADE investigators

The investigative branch of Brazil's competition enforcer has recommended closing the agency's probe into Google for allegedly copying customer comments from rival comparison shopping sites onto its own Google shopping service. Investigators at Brazil's Administrative Council for...

15 May 2018

ISO and US NIST focus on privacy by design

The International Organisation for Standardisation has said it plans to develop the first set of international guidelines to ensure privacy is embedded into the design of products and services soon after the US National Institute of Standards and Technology updated its guidance to...

15 May 2018

Facebook failed to notify Android users of data scraping, lawsuit says

A US claimant has accused Facebook of violating its own data use policy by gathering Android users' communication data without permission. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California on 9 May, says Facebook gathered all phone and text communications...

11 May 2018

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica sued in Indonesia

Two Indonesian institutions have accused Facebook of illegally leaking Indonesian user data to political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. In a lawsuit filed at the South Jakarta District Court on 7 May, the Indonesian Institute of Information Society and Development and the Indonesia...

11 May 2018

UK adequacy deal before end of Brexit transition unlikely, lawyer warns

A framework for ensuring frictionless data flows between the EU and the UK is unlikely to be in place until after the two-year transition period following the UK's withdrawal from the EU, but the UK is in a better position than most to secure a deal, a UK parliamentary committee has...

10 May 2018

UK ICO opens investigation into London police over database

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office has confirmed that it is looking into allegations by Amnesty International that a London police database on gangs breaks data protection laws. In a report published on 9 May, human rights NGO Amnesty International accused the Metropolitan...

10 May 2018

Brazil’s financial sector faces first-of-its-kind cybersecurity regulation

New Brazilian financial sector regulations will subject cloud service providers to greater scrutiny by the country’s central bank, but stop short of banning bank data from being sent abroad. The regulation is the first issued by Brazil’s National Monetary Council (CMN) to deal...

08 May 2018

Bird & Bird promotes two data protection lawyers

Bird & Bird has promoted data protection lawyers in its Helsinki and Düsseldorf offices. Tobias Bräutigam, 42, who heads of the data protection and privacy practice in Helsinki becomes senior counsel, while Düsseldorf-based Lea Noemi Mackert becomes counsel. Bräutigam was a counsel...

08 May 2018

Paradise Papers dispute settles

Law firm Appleby has ended an English lawsuit that had sought disclosure of documents obtained from its servers that were used in reporting by the Guardian newspaper and the BBC. Appleby had sued the BBC and the Guardian in December alleging that reporting based on the Paradise...

08 May 2018

US court upholds Goldman Sachs employee theft conviction

A New York state court has upheld the conviction of Sergey Aleykinov, a former Goldman Sachs employee, for stealing the company's high frequency trading platform source code. The New York Court of Appeals ruled on 3 May that Aleykinov's uploading of Goldman Sachs' high frequency...

08 May 2018