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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

Denham pushes back on regulatory reform report

The UK’s data protection chief has appeared to disagree with a recent report that suggested restricting data subjects’ rights to challenge AI-driven automated decision-making.

13 July 2021

Italian watchdog falls in line on cookies

Italy’s data watchdog has given website owners six months to comply with strict new cookie guidelines, mirroring steps taken by other European regulators to establish a consent-driven approach to online tracking.

13 July 2021

New front opens in Facebook/WhatsApp data-sharing battle

European consumer organisations have filed a complaint alleging WhatsApp has unfairly pressured users into accepting controversial new terms of use and privacy policies.

12 July 2021

Canada privacy law catches Google Search

Canada’s federal court has ruled that Google’s use of personal information to present search results makes its search engine subject to the country’s privacy law – a judgment that could affect Canadians’ right to be forgotten.

12 July 2021

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