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Doorstep Dispensaree attacks ICO GDPR fine

The target of the UK’s first GDPR fine has criticised the Information Commissioner’s Office decision to penalise the company – highlighting that the amount of data affected by an alleged breach was far smaller than the regulator had estimated.

17 December 2020

US state AGs: Google and Facebook colluded to undermine privacy

The antitrust lawsuit filed by a coalition of US state attorneys general against Google makes explosive allegations that the company intentionally undermined privacy in its pursuit of market dominance – including by colluding with Facebook to access WhatsApp data, and partnering with other Big Tech firms to stall privacy legislation.

17 December 2020

Brexit forces Facebook UK data reshuffle

Brexit uncertainty has pushed Facebook to shift legal responsibility for UK users from the company’s Irish division to its US parent company – though the UK replica of the GDPR will still apply.

17 December 2020

BBVA to fight €5 million Spanish GDPR fine

Major Iberian bank BBVA has said it plans to appeal against the Spanish data regulator’s decision to impose a record-breaking €5 million GDPR fine.

16 December 2020

FTC commissioner calls for penalties against data firm’s parent company

The US Federal Trade Commission has sanctioned an analytics company for failing to secure consumer data, but an FTC member has criticised the agency for not pursuing penalties against the firm’s multi-billion dollar parent company.

16 December 2020

Australia attacks Facebook over Onavo data sharing

An Australian regulator has sued Facebook for misleading consumers about how it would use data gathered by virtual private network subsidiary Onavo.

16 December 2020

Irish Twitter fine reveals EDPB enforcement split

An Irish decision to impose a €450,000 GDPR data breach fine on Twitter has revealed stark differences in approaches to data protection enforcement across Europe.

15 December 2020

GDPR immaterial damages claims: a fight destined for the ECJ

With momentum building behind mass data claims in Europe, European Court of Justice intervention may be necessary to clarify whether individuals can recover GDPR damages for non-financial harm.

15 December 2020

FTC scrutinises adtech

The US Federal Trade Commission has launched a probe into the adtech industry, ordering nine major social media and streaming platforms to provide records on how they collect and use consumer data for advertising.

15 December 2020

Details emerge of Canada’s largest financial data breach

The Canadian privacy regulator has revealed how poor data storage and access policies led to what’s believed to be the largest financial data breach in Canada’s history.

14 December 2020

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