Enforcement

Ireland starts TikTok probes

Ireland’s data protection watchdog has launched two investigations into TikTok over its handling of children’s personal data and possible transfers of user information to China – amid fresh accusations that the regulator is failing to enforce against Big Tech.

15 September 2021

FTC to make Facebook audits public

The US Federal Trade Commission has confirmed it will publish the audits from Facebook’s new independent assessor – though the reports may contain redactions.

15 September 2021

Biden picks privacy expert to replace Chopra at FTC

President Joe Biden intends to nominate privacy expert Alvaro Bedoya to the Federal Trade Commission, the White House said on Monday.

14 September 2021

Lessons from the WhatsApp GDPR fine, and why size really does matter

Forensic Risk Alliance partner Simon Taylor analyses the European Data Protection Board’s approach to calculating the recent WhatsApp GDPR fine – and concludes that it’s difficult to overstate its importance.

14 September 2021

Legality of Denham’s term extension questioned

UK government lawyers have admitted that the extension of Elizabeth Denham’s term as Information Commissioner was unlawful – with the government's interpretation of its ability to extend her term raising questions about the post’s independence.

13 September 2021

Can California achieve data adequacy?

As negotiations between the US and EU over trans-Atlantic data flows move at a snail’s pace, a member of California’s newly constructed privacy regulator has floated the idea of the state achieving GDPR adequacy.

13 September 2021

Edwards: scope for UK “third way” between EU and US

The UK’s incoming data privacy chief has provided insight into his approach to regulating Big Tech and balancing innovation with enforcement, and said the UK may be able to chart a “middle course” between the US and EU approaches to regulating data.

09 September 2021

Spain DPA fines processor for failure to return data

Spain’s data watchdog has ordered a data processor to pay €100,000 for failing to return data to the data controller after its processing contract expired.

08 September 2021

Facebook’s new FTC independent assessor revealed

After a previous watchdog failed to spot the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook hired a new independent assessor to oversee its US Federal Trade Commission-mandated privacy programme.

07 September 2021

How European regulators toughened the Irish WhatsApp decision

European data protection authorities forced their Irish counterpart to strengthen its stance against WhatsApp, in a decision that may have wider repercussions for large tech companies that process EU personal data.

03 September 2021

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