Data privacy

Consent needed to use Facebook marketing tool, German court says

Bavaria’s highest administrative court has upheld a decision by the state’s privacy watchdog to ban a company from using a Facebook marketing tool.

22 November 2018

Royal Bank of Canada to pay PIPEDA damages

A Canadian federal judge has ordered the Royal Bank of Canada to pay nominal damages over its poor handling of an individual’s financial details, and criticised the bank’s destruction of the relevant data while the country’s privacy watchdog investigated the matter.

22 November 2018

Facebook to fight UK fine

Facebook will appeal against a £500,000 (€560,930) fine imposed by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office for allowing Cambridge Analytica to harvest user data.

21 November 2018

EU eyes India adequacy

EU bodies have pledged to support India’s efforts to enact adequate data privacy legislation – but have warned about data localisation barriers for European companies trying to access Indian markets.

20 November 2018

Berlin watchdog probes fan page administrators

Berlin’s data privacy commissioner is investigating companies and state agencies that use Facebook fan pages, in the wake of the European Court of Justice’s judgment that held the social media network and the operator of a fan page were joint data controllers.

19 November 2018

Dutch government forces Microsoft to change data practices

Microsoft will change its telemetry data policies in the Netherlands after a government impact assessment found an “alarming” level of data collection

19 November 2018

Consent required for profiling, German regulators say

Guidelines by Germany’s data protection authorities suggest that most forms of online profiling must be based on explicit consent, rather than legitimate interests.

16 November 2018

Singapore to set up regulatory sandbox

Singapore’s data privacy watchdog has proposed a framework for organisations to obtain advanced approval of innovative data processing activities in a move to boost the country’s tech industry.

16 November 2018

UK-EU withdrawal deal sets out status of data protection post Brexit

The UK cabinet has signed off on a draft withdrawal agreement setting out how data protection rules will apply once the UK leaves the European Union.

15 November 2018

Data thief jailed in first for UK privacy watchdog

The first prosecution brought by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) under the Computer Misuse Act has resulted in a six-month jail term for a car repair company employee.

14 November 2018

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