Court dismisses BIPA fingerprint class action

An Illinois court has sided with medical technology giant Becton Dickinson after it was accused of illegally collecting and disseminating the fingerprint data of hospital healthcare workers.

03 March 2020

GDPR enforcement roundup: Polish appeal, Vodafone Spain, hefty Dutch fine

Three recent GDPR decisions across the EU – one in an appeal court and two by enforcers – show the continuing evolution of the law, the varying severity of fines levied and the pushback from companies against regulators. GDR rounds up the stories here.

03 March 2020

Telecoms companies face $200m location data fine

The US Federal Communications Commission plans to fine four major wireless carriers more than $200 million for mishandling consumer location data – but the enforcement action has drawn dissent from two FCC commissioners, and at least one company plans to dispute the penalty.

02 March 2020

IT outsourcer caught out after data acquisition

A Danish outsourcer has fallen foul of the country’s data regulator after it failed to secure personal information it acquired as part of a merger.

02 March 2020

Facebook sues analytics firm over data harvesting

Facebook has accused a marketing company of paying app developers to install malicious software that collects Facebook user data.

02 March 2020

Democratic strategist: Opt-in rules could suppress the vote

Requiring US political campaigns to obtain affirmative consent before collecting constituents’ data would make it harder to reach young people, minorities and other people not currently registered to vote, according to a Democratic strategist.

28 February 2020

Australian regulator probes Google/Fitbit

Australia’s competition authority has launched an informal investigation into Google’s acquisition of Fitbit, on the same day that the authority’s head spoke about the difficulties in assessing mergers in the digital sector.

28 February 2020

Community news roundup: banks boost data offerings

The latest GDR community roundup brings news of data hires at two major banks, an adtech chief privacy officer hire and a former Danish ambassador’s move to Microsoft. Law firms in Sydney and Hong Kong also strengthened their data and IP practices.

28 February 2020

Cisco facial recognition system struck down

A French court has blocked the use of a Cisco facial recognition system used to regulate access to schools.

28 February 2020

Analysis: The GDPR in numbers

GDR has analysed recently-released figures from the European Data Protection Board in an attempt to help tell the story of the GDPR's success so far. The numbers look at enforcers' resources compared to their caseload, the powers they have used, and how they plan to ramp up their budgets in 2020.

27 February 2020