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Facebook settles data misuse litigation

An entrepreneur and two mobile companies have ended litigation that alleged they siphoned user data from Facebook and licensed it to third parties.

20 September 2021

LGPD enforcer Miriam Wimmer talks WhatsApp, independence and more

Penalties for Brazil’s LGPD went into force last month. GDR interviewed one of the members of the country’s nascent data protection authority (ANPD), Miriam Wimmer, about the progress her agency has been making in recent months.

17 September 2021

Spanish Supreme Court clears covid-19 passports

Spain’s highest court has ruled that forcing individuals to show covid-19 health information to establishment owners in order to gain access does not violate data protection rights, as the relevant health data is not stored or processed.

17 September 2021

New Zealand uses new enforcement powers for first time

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has received the country’s first compliance notice – marking the first such measure used since a 2020 legislative overhaul.

17 September 2021

FTC votes to regulate healthcare apps

The US Federal Trade Commission has voted down party lines to make it explicit that health apps wearables are subject to the Health Breach Notification Rule – with the two Republicans objecting on the grounds that the move skirts an ongoing review of the regulation started last year.

16 September 2021

Second German court refers non-material damages question to ECJ

Germany’s highest employment law tribunal has requested a European Court of Justice ruling on non-material damages under the GDPR – months after an Austrian court and a separate German court made similar references.

16 September 2021

Ireland starts TikTok probes

Ireland’s data protection watchdog has launched two investigations into TikTok over its handling of children’s personal data and possible transfers of user information to China – amid fresh accusations that the regulator is failing to enforce against Big Tech.

15 September 2021

FTC to make Facebook audits public

The US Federal Trade Commission has confirmed it will publish the audits from Facebook’s new independent assessor – though the reports may contain redactions.

15 September 2021

Biden picks privacy expert to replace Chopra at FTC

President Joe Biden intends to nominate privacy expert Alvaro Bedoya to the Federal Trade Commission, the White House said on Monday.

14 September 2021

Denham: "The GDPR doesn't have to be the standard around the world"

Outgoing UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has called for an overhaul of the systems underpinning data flows, proposing a new global framework with lower data protection requirements than currently needed to achieve GDPR adequacy status.

14 September 2021

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