Data privacy

BrandTotal says it could go bankrupt without access to Facebook platform

BrandTotal says it could go bankrupt unless a US federal judge reverses Facebook’s decision to block it from the social media platform, with the company’s chief executive telling GDR that the tech goliath is trying to legally bully the Israeli-based analytics firm out of existence.

16 March 2021

Google private browsing class action survives

A San Francisco federal judge has refused to dismiss allegations that Google illegally tracked users of its Chrome incognito browsing service, and highlighted the case’s similarity to an ongoing Facebook class action.

16 March 2021

MEPs slam UK adequacy deal

Members of European Parliament have hit out at the European Commission’s decision to declare the UK’s data protection regime as equivalent to the EU’s.

16 March 2021

Insurer and client battle over whether policy covers privacy violations

The Illinois Supreme Court will decide whether an insurance provider must cover a company accused of violating the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) – in a case that will affect how the insurance sector handles privacy violations.

15 March 2021

European Commission to probe adtech economics

The European Commission’s communications department is set to scrutinise the adtech ecosystem, GDR has learned.

15 March 2021

Vodafone hit with multimillion-euro GDPR fine

After receiving dozens of small fines since the GDPR came into force, Vodafone Spain has finally been slapped with a hefty fine for its data and marketing practices – but has promised to appeal.

15 March 2021

Zoom fails to shake privacy litigation

A US federal court has dismissed some, but not all, of a class action lawsuit over Zoom’s allegedly shoddy privacy and data security practices.

12 March 2021

Ticketmaster requests ICO appeal pause ahead of mass claim decision

Ticketmaster says its appeal against a UK GDPR decision should await the outcome of parallel High Court collective litigation that will resolve whether a hacked third-party chatbot was responsible for a data breach – but the ICO has warned that granting such a delay could have “system-wide implications”.

12 March 2021

EU data bosses push back on Data Governance Act

The EU’s two most senior data protection regulators have hit out at the bloc’s proposed new data-sharing law, in what looks increasingly likely to turn into a turf war for control of data policy in Europe.

11 March 2021

Facebook wins landmark Brazilian internet privacy case

In a case that sets precedent for future privacy disputes, Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice has ruled that Facebook is not required to disclose information about users who shared a defamatory post on the social media platform.

11 March 2021

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