Enforcement

Brazilian DPA joins Facebook/WhatsApp debate in first major move

In its first major public action, Brazil’s nascent data protection authority has joined several other jurisdictions around the world to pressure Facebook about its planned privacy changes with WhatsApp.

28 May 2021

Germany uses new powers to probe Google’s data practices

Germany’s antitrust watchdog has launched a third investigation under new national competition rules to examine whether Google’s data processing practices deprive users of choice about the use of their information.

28 May 2021

AWS and Microsoft EU contracts under pressure

EU institutions face an investigation of their use of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft services in the wake of the Schrems II judgment.

27 May 2021

Clearview faces multiple GDPR complaints

A group of NGOs has filed coordinated complaints about Clearview AI’s data scraping to regulators in numerous European countries – but enforcement of any regulatory decisions could be tough.

27 May 2021

New Ecuador data protection law takes effect, but much work remains

Ecuador’s GDPR-style data privacy law has come into force, but companies still have a two-year enforcement grace period as the country’s government looks to build a data protection authority from scratch.

26 May 2021

ECJ to determine regulatory/judicial competence clash

The EU’s highest court will clarify whether courts or data protection authorities take priority when determining if GDPR infringements have taken place.

26 May 2021

CNIL puts companies on notice over cookie failings

France’s data regulator CNIL has wasted no time in enforcing its strict new cookie rules, putting 20 companies on notice less than two months after its compliance deadline.

25 May 2021

Data and competition convergence ramps up in UK

The UK’s data protection and competition watchdogs have formalised cooperation plans, in a move that could increase regulatory scrutiny for data-driven companies.

20 May 2021

Facebook/WhatsApp update blocked in Argentina

Argentina's government has prevented Facebook from rolling out its updated WhatsApp privacy policy until the country’s competition authority has completed an investigation assessing whether the terms of service are anticompetitive.

19 May 2021

DPC clears hurdle in Facebook SCC probe

A court’s refusal to block an investigation of Facebook’s EU-US data transfers has confirmed that the Irish regulator has “wide discretion” when deciding how to carry out its investigations.

17 May 2021

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