Interest groups drive blockbuster Big Tech fines

Luxembourg’s record-breaking €746 million Amazon GDPR fine is the latest example of NGOs sparking some of the EU’s most significant cases against online platforms.

03 August 2021

Russia increases data localisation pressure

Russian authorities have fined Google and opened cases against WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter over violations of its personal data law – part of what observers say is a growing crackdown against the tech giants.

02 August 2021

Amazon ordered to pay record GDPR fine

The Luxembourg privacy watchdog has slapped Amazon with the largest fine under European privacy regulation to date – but the company plans to fight the decision.

30 July 2021

China’s new Data Security Law – one month to implementation

Morgan Lewis & Bockius Shanghai partner Todd Liao and associate Sylvia Hu analyse how companies can comply with China’s new data security framework.

30 July 2021

Privacy takes a back seat at FTC congressional hearing

Statements by US Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan indicate that competition, a drive for additional resources, and internal spats with other commissioners could take precedence over data-related issues under her leadership.

29 July 2021

CNIL hits prominent newspaper with cookies fine

The French data watchdog has fined Le Figaro €50,000 for a breach of advertising cookies rules, rejecting the company’s defence that it was not responsible for ensuring that third party trackers on its site are compliant.

29 July 2021

EDPB forces Ireland's hand on Facebook/WhatsApp data sharing

European data regulators have told Ireland’s Data Protection Commission how to deal with WhatsApp’s data-sharing arrangements with its parent company Facebook.

28 July 2021

Spanish supermarket accepts hefty facial recognition fine

Mercadona has agreed to pay more than €2 million to settle proceedings with Spain’s data authority over facial recognition used in its shops.

28 July 2021

CNIL imposes seven-figure data retention fine

France’s data watchdog has fined an insurer €1.75 million for retaining millions of data subjects' data – but refrained from ordering the company to overhaul its compliance programme.

27 July 2021

Australia warns multinationals with Uber decision

Australia’s privacy watchdog said Uber’s US parent company and Dutch subsidiary failed to protect Australian customer and driver data when it was subject to a high-profile cyberattack.

26 July 2021

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