UK reveals more about data protection reform

The UK’s digital, culture, media and sport ministry has confirmed that future UK data laws will cut down on cookie consent pop-ups, push the Information Commissioner’s Office to promote innovation, reduce DPO requirements and simplify rules applying to research data.

16 June 2022

Google mostly loses bid to throw out data selling advertisement class action

Earlier this week, Google largely failed to dismiss a class action suit alleging the tech giant sold and shared account holders’ personal information through its ad space auction unbeknownst to users.

16 June 2022

Swedish watchdog continues Facebook pixel crackdown

Sweden’s data protection authority is investigating a remote healthcare company over the collection of personal data from two of its websites through Facebook pixels and the subsequent transfer of that data to Meta – only two weeks after opening a similar probe into pharmacy chains.

16 June 2022

“DPAs are just too shy” – Commission advisor

A European Commission advisor has encouraged individuals to take failing national regulators to court in a debate over effective enforcement of the GDPR.

16 June 2022

Industry and consumer advocates voice concerns over draft US privacy bill

Activists and industry groups agree that the American Data Privacy and Protection Act needs fine-tuning and clarification to mould the proposed legislation into a meaningful and feasible law.

15 June 2022

ICO to get funding boost under new fine retention rule

The UK’s data protection authority will be allowed to keep some of the fines it imposes under new measures which could strengthen the regulator.

15 June 2022

German authorities receive expert opinion on expanding cooperation

An expert opinion will guide German regulators’ approach to strengthening cooperation between the federal and state bodies.

15 June 2022

Irish watchdog loses appeal on right to be heard

A Dublin court has held that the Data Protection Commission acted illegally when it failed to send a defendant a new draft decision after it changed its mind on a key point – but the ruling may have little effect on the length of the regulator’s other investigations.

14 June 2022

TalkTalk hack-related privacy claim continues

A Northern Ireland High Court judge has allowed a misuse of private information claim against leading UK newspapers to proceed after “inexcusable delay”, but struck out the claimant’s negligence claim.

14 June 2022

OPM data breach impact may stretch beyond $63 million settlement

A judge preliminarily approving a $63 million settlement in the US Office of Personnel Management litigation could provide a playbook for securing other wins against federal government data breaches.

13 June 2022

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