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Brazilian prosecutors can access some bank data, court rules

A Brazilian court has said that federal prosecutors do not need a warrant to access certain bank registration data, but stopped short of repealing bank secrecy laws. In a 20 April decision, Brazil's Superior Court of Justice granted federal prosecutors access to bank registration...

18 May 2018

Cambridge Analytica scandal unlikely to change advice, experts say

Revelations about political consultancy Cambridge Analytica's use of personal data scraped from Facebook users is unlikely to affect technology experts' advice to clients, practitioners have said. Tom Webb in Seattle Comments made at ITechLaw's 2018 World Technology Law Conference...

18 May 2018

Canadian court refuses to put Equifax class action on hold

Quebec's Superior Court has rejected Equifax's request to stay a putative class action, while the company faces multiple further lawsuits across Canada. Judge Denis Bisson ruled on 7 May that putting the lawsuit on hold would not be in the best interests of Quebec's residents....

17 May 2018

UK government disputes scope of data breach damages

Counsel for the UK's Home Office has argued that two asylum seekers should not be entitled to recover damages, after the government department disclosed the personal data of their relative. In a hearing before the Court of Appeal of England and Wales on 17 May, Oliver Sanders QC...

17 May 2018

European Commission warns member states over GDPR readiness

The European Commission has warned EU member states they face infringement proceedings if they fail to fulfil their obligations under the GDPR by the 25 May deadline. In a letter to EU leaders before their meeting in Sofia on 16 May, the commission said the new data regime must...

16 May 2018

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