Data privacy

Inside Facebook’s FTC-mandated privacy programme

GDR has obtained Facebook’s first quarterly privacy report to the US Federal Trade Commission since the two entities entered into their $5 billion settlement agreement over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

15 January 2021

WhatsApp privacy changes face regulatory investigations

Data protection authorities in Italy and Turkey say they plan to act against WhatsApp after the Facebook-owned messaging service made highly controversial changes to its privacy policy.

14 January 2021

FTC: Female fertility app shared data with Facebook and Google

The US Federal Trade Commission has ordered the developer of a female fertility app to notify users that it has shared their data with Facebook, Google and other third parties – marking the first time a company has been required to notify its customers about a privacy-related enforcement action.

14 January 2021

DPC to move against Facebook transfers

Ireland’s data watchdog has agreed to reach a decision in an investigation of Facebook’s EU-US data transfers.

13 January 2021

Facebook Belgium: door left open for GDPR enforcement jostling

Data protection authorities in any EU country can take companies to court for cross-border GDPR infringements – but only in a specific set of circumstances, according to a significant European Court of Justice opinion released today.

13 January 2021

TalkTalk lawsuit goes beyond ICO findings

UK litigation seeking data breach damages from internet provider TalkTalk features allegations of a potentially illegal international transfer and security incidents that were not caught by a pair of Information Commissioner’s Office decisions.

12 January 2021

FTC orders deletion of AI models in novel enforcement action

The US Federal Trade Commission has determined that online photo storage company Everalbum deceived users by employing facial recognition technology on their images, ordering the company to delete not only the relevant data but also the AI models obtained through its deceptive conduct.

12 January 2021

Russian hacker jailed for 12 years for US financial data theft

A US federal judge has handed a Russian hacker a 12-year prison sentence for his role in a massive financial data theft scheme that netted hundreds of millions of dollars in criminal proceeds.

11 January 2021

UK probes Google Chrome privacy changes

The UK’s competition authority has launched its first-ever abuse of dominance case against one of the four ‘big tech’ companies, as it scrutinises Google’s proposals to remove third-party cookies and other functions from its Chrome internet browser.

08 January 2021

US judge approves controversial Google+ settlement

A San Francisco district judge has granted final approval to a $7.5 million agreement between Google and plaintiffs to settle a class action lawsuit over the company’s 2018 Google+ data breach.

08 January 2021

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