Enforcement

Reform, revolt or resume? The future of the one-stop-shop

As the third anniversary of the GDPR approaches, the one-stop-shop continues to mar the application of the landmark data protection law.

17 May 2021

Compliance reports to be public under new FTC leadership

The US Federal Trade Commission has said that it will proactively publish the compliance reports of a facial recognition company recently hit with an enforcement action – marking a change from previous administrations that only released such reports in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.

14 May 2021

Dutch regulator issues rare fine for EU representative requirement

The Dutch data protection authority has issued a first-of-its-kind fine against a website operator for failing to appoint an EU representative, in what could serve as a warning to UK companies doing business in the EU.

13 May 2021

Hamburg regulator urgently blocks WhatsApp-Facebook data transfers

Hamburg’s data protection authority has temporarily banned Facebook from processing its subsidiary WhatsApp’s user data – but the social media giant has said the move won’t affect the controversial update that sparked the investigation.

11 May 2021

Tencent among apps targeted by Chinese regulator

A Chinese data regulator has ordered 84 apps to reduce the amount of data they collect, signalling the start of a turf war between enforcers.

11 May 2021

Spanish authority issues another million-euro fine

The Spanish data protection authority has fined an energy provider €1.5 million, marking the latest in a string of hefty penalties issued as the regulator ramps up its enforcement efforts.

07 May 2021

Google data transfers enforcement heats up

Austria’s data protection authority has heard submissions from Google and Max Schrems’s activist group over data transfers to the US – in enforcement that Schrems suggests could be worth billions.

06 May 2021

Norwegian regulator issues multimillion-euro adtech fine

Norway’s data protection authority has fined online comments provider and adtech player Disqus €2.5 million.

05 May 2021

No new digital regulator needed, UK watchdogs say

Three regulators with powers over digital matters – including the UK’s data protection watchdog – have resisted calls to set up a new specialist enforcer that would oversee digital matters.

05 May 2021

CNIL ends Google injunction threat

France’s data watchdog has deemed Google to be compliant with a regulatory order to bring its cookie practices in line with French laws – but hinted that scrutiny of the company’s practices may not be over.

04 May 2021

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