Data deals roundup: finance, risk, cybersecurity and e-commerce

As data becomes an increasingly important aspect of dealmaking, GDR brings a roundup of data deals from the last month, as well as acquisitions in the data advisory market.

06 March 2020

Advocate-general says offline data consent must be explicit

A European Court of Justice advocate-general has said Orange Romania could not use pre-ticked boxes to obtain permission to collect and store data.

05 March 2020

US lawmakers take TikTok to task on data privacy

Citing fears that the Chinese government has unbridled access to US user data, a US senator has proposed legislation that would ban federal employees from using TikTok on government devices.

05 March 2020

AI startup accuses Facebook of trade secrets theft

Facebook has stolen, used and published a startup’s proprietary algorithms that could “revolutionise” the field of AI, a lawsuit has claimed.

05 March 2020

Splunk revenue boost signals wider data growth

Data-focused technology provider Splunk has revealed significant revenue growth – signalling an increased desire by companies in many sectors to pursue data-driven business strategies.

05 March 2020

Dutch tennis association to appeal regulator’s legitimate interest snub

A Dutch tennis association is fighting a fine levied for what it perceives as an overly strict interpretation of the GDPR's legitimate interests provision by the country's data watchdog.

04 March 2020

AT&T plaintiff counsel joins criticism of FCC’s $200m fine

A lawyer for plaintiffs suing AT&T over the alleged mishandling of consumer location data has added to criticism of the US Federal Communications Commission, labelling its recent fine “inadequate” and suggesting the enforcement demonstrates the need for a private right of action.

04 March 2020

GDPR certification ball starts rolling

Companies may soon be able to mark their processes as being GDPR-compliant and partially shield themselves from enforcement, as at least six European data protection authorities push forward with certification and code of conduct plans.

04 March 2020

Cathay Pacific accepts ICO data breach decision

Cathay Pacific will not contest the UK data watchdog’s decision to impose the maximum possible pre-GDPR fine against it, in the wake of a security breach that affected millions of data subjects worldwide.

04 March 2020

Washington Privacy Act reaches familiar roadblock

Washington lawmakers have inserted a limited private right of action provision into the state’s proposed privacy legislation, causing support for the proposal to waiver and calling into question whether it will pass before the legislature goes into recess next week.

03 March 2020