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ECJ to weigh in on Schrems Facebook litigation

The EU’s highest court is set to assess how Facebook has used personal data in the GDPR era, in a case that activist Max Schrems says could force the company to pay damages to millions of users.

20 July 2021

Brazilian pharmacy chain fined over consent failures

A consumer protection regulator has fined a Brazilian pharmacy chain after finding it breached the LGPD by processing personal data without gathering adequate consent.

20 July 2021

Campaigners decry lack of regulation following NSO leaks

Digital law and privacy campaigners have called for a moratorium and urgent action on surveillance software, following the latest round of revelations about Israeli surveillance company NSO Group.

19 July 2021

UK parliament staff to sue over 2017 data breach

More than 200 claimants are pursuing a parliamentary authority after their personal data was exposed online.

19 July 2021

GDPR fines: shame but don't name?

German judges have moved away from publicising the names of companies alleged to have breached GDPR rules on the grounds that this causes unwarranted reputational and competitive damage. Fieldfisher Hamburg partner Dennis Hillemann analyses the implications.

16 July 2021

German data watchdog investigates lab over use of prenatal tests

A lab that used Chinese gene company BGI Group's prenatal blood tests and services has suspended data transfers to Hong Kong following a German regulator’s fears that data protection rules have been breached.

16 July 2021

EDPB refuses to extend Facebook/WhatsApp ban

EU data protection authorities have appeared to compromise by rejecting calls for an EU-wide ban on Facebook processing WhatsApp’s data – but ordering the Irish data watchdog to formally investigate the group’s practices.

15 July 2021

Platform copyright filtering set to survive ECJ challenge

A European Court of Justice advocate-general has urged the court to uphold legislation that would force large platforms to proactively monitor content for potential copyright infringement – but seemed uncomfortable about European Commission guidance on the application of that obligation.

15 July 2021

Facial recognition scrutinised by US lawmakers

US lawmakers have expressed a bipartisan consensus for the need of facial recognition regulation, following the release of an internal government report showing that federal law enforcers use the technology with little to no oversight – but Congress has proposed little in the way of concrete solutions.

14 July 2021

Derivatives repository fined over data breaches

The EU securities markets watchdog has fined the UK branch of a major securities depository for data integrity failures.

14 July 2021

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