Data privacy

Biden threatens to void contracts from non-secure vendors

US president Joe Biden’s recent order on cybersecurity threatens to pull business from software vendors who don’t update their systems by next May – although some observers wonder how the government plans to execute on this threat, given how entrenched many companies are in the global supply chain.

24 June 2021

EU privacy watchdogs call for greater AI Act role

European data protection authorities say they should have a prominent role in the monitoring and coordination of AI Act enforcement.

24 June 2021

UK to build ambitious adequacy process

Once the UK receives the EU’s GDPR adequacy blessing, the country will most likely focus on rolling out its own UK GDPR adequacy programme.

23 June 2021

Facial recognition companies turn to the First Amendment

Amazon has joined Clearview AI in using the First Amendment as a defence against Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) claims – a move some critics paint as a cynical ploy to use constitutional protections for anti-democratic purposes, but others see as a necessary test of how free speech rights apply to big data and artificial intelligence.

23 June 2021

Final EDPB supplementary measures largely unchanged

The European Data Protection Board’s finalised supplementary measures guidelines are broadly similar to a draft issued last year, and are set to make GDPR compliance tougher for EU data exporters.

22 June 2021

Questions remain after Facebook Belgium

The European Court of Justice’s Facebook Belgium judgment has clarified some aspects of the GDPR one-stop-shop – but some aspects of its practical application remain unclear.

22 June 2021

Irish data regime tempts multinationals

Corporates view Ireland’s data environment as favourable and consider it a leading factor in investment decisions.

21 June 2021

Johannes Caspar: Facebook/WhatsApp, urgency and the one-stop-shop

Hamburg data protection chief Johannes Caspar is one of the EU’s most active enforcers. Ahead of his planned departure on 28 June, Caspar told GDR about his office’s pioneering track record, and his frustration with the GDPR’s one-stop-shop.

21 June 2021

Facebook appeals against data-sharing block

Facebook is fighting the Hamburg data protection authority’s decision to temporarily block it from rolling out its controversial new WhatsApp privacy policy.

18 June 2021

NY financial regulator ramping up cybersecurity enforcement

A top New York Department of Financial Services official has portended numerous enforcement actions stemming from the nascent Cybersecurity Regulations, saying that such matters now make up roughly 20% of his department’s caseload.

17 June 2021

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