Data privacy

ICO set to U-turn on GDPR fine discounts

The UK data watchdog plans to cut companies’ penalties when they pay quickly and do not appeal – despite refusing to apply that discount in its only GDPR fine to date.

01 October 2020

H&M hit with second-largest GDPR fine to date

Hamburg’s data protection authority has slapped clothes retailer H&M with a €35 million fine over its workplace surveillance practices, despite praising the company’s “unprecedented acknowledgment of corporate responsibility”.

01 October 2020

German-led EU Council pushes tougher ePrivacy draft

In yet another twist in a long-running saga, the German presidency of the Council of the EU has proposed removing a GDPR-style legitimate interests provision from the ePrivacy Regulation.

30 September 2020

LGPD amendment would require data localisation

Privacy advocates have criticised a data localisation bill introduced in Brazil’s House of Representatives as a security risk and antithetical to the LGPD.

30 September 2020

Israel blocks Privacy Shield transfers

EU-adequate Israel has followed the European Court of Justice’s lead in stopping companies from using the Privacy Shield mechanism from transferring data to the US.

30 September 2020

Marriott ICO decision delayed yet again

The latest delay to the UK’s data watchdog’s Marriott GDPR data breach decision comes seven months after the regulator originally planned to conclude its investigation.

30 September 2020

TikTok case: US national security powers can't stop data flows

In overturning an executive order that banned TikTok’s distribution in the US, a federal judge has ruled that presidential emergency powers cannot regulate data imports and exports.

29 September 2020

Anticipating adequacy, Switzerland passes new data law

The Swiss parliament has passed a new federal data protection law after years of wrangling – with observers saying the new legislation is likely to earn the country an EU adequacy decision.

29 September 2020

California governor vetoes genetic data privacy bill

Citing concerns about disrupting covid-19 test reporting, California’s governor has blocked additional regulation of genetic data in the state.

29 September 2020

US judge temporarily blocks Trump’s TikTok restrictions

TikTok parent company ByteDance has successfully blocked – for now – an executive order from Donald Trump that would have restricted the social media platform from appearing in US app stores.

28 September 2020

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