Top read stories in 2019

2019 was a busy year for all in data, as increased awareness of data privacy rights and rapid change in enforcement and policy grabbed everybody’s attention. We’re pleased to bring you the 20 stories that gathered the most clicks across the year.

20 December 2019

Schrems II advocate-general recommends upholding SCCs

A European Court of Justice advocate-general’s opinion in Schrems II has argued that standard contractual clauses should remain in force – but that companies and regulators must check that the contracts actually protect data, and that the EU-US Privacy Shield could be invalid.

19 December 2019

Equifax fights UK opt-out class action

GDR can reveal that Equifax has mounted a wide-ranging attack against an English lawsuit pursuing the company over its high-profile data breach.

19 December 2019

FTC faces rare Privacy Shield appeal

Nevada-based RagingWire Data Centers has moved to have a US Federal Trade Commission Privacy Shield complaint dismissed, calling the enforcement action a “waste of FTC resources, this court’s time, and RagingWire’s resources”.

19 December 2019

Australian financial sector boosts cybersecurity

Australia’s financial services regulator has found that regulated firms have strengthened their cybersecurity programmes over the past two years – but supply chain risk continues to be a concern.

19 December 2019

Google fights Australian location data enforcement

Google has denied an Australian watchdog’s “artificial and incorrect” allegations that it misled consumers about its collection and use of location data.

18 December 2019

Belgian watchdog tussles with ICANN over data access

The organisation responsible for overseeing internet domain names is in talks with Belgium’s data watchdog over the best way to protect personal data – while still allowing access to vital information about who owns websites.

18 December 2019

FTC finalises Unroll.me settlement, ignoring EPIC recommendations

The US Federal Trade Commission has finalised its settlement agreement with an email management provider that allegedly used deceptive tactics to harvest personal data from user emails, declining to heed recommendations from a major privacy group to impose stiffer sanctions.

18 December 2019

CNIL comes down on schools’ CCTV

After receiving more than 25 complaints last year, the French data watchdog has ordered 25 schools and colleges to modify their use of CCTV.

18 December 2019

Australian government to review privacy framework

Australia’s government plans to introduce stricter privacy legislation by 2021 – supporting a regulator’s recommendation for higher penalties, broader definitions of personal data and strengthened consent requirements.

17 December 2019