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Rogers hit with C$22 million Canadian class action

An Ontario class action claims Canada’s largest telecommunications operator illegally accessed highly sensitive financial information to assess customer eligibility for additional marketing services.

01 November 2021

Researchers: Privacy legislation could stem the tide of disinformation

With the US government focused on tackling the spread of disinformation on social media platforms, academic researchers have suggested that privacy legislation would help towards that effort.

29 October 2021

Another blacklist attacked by Dutch regulator

The Netherlands’ data regulator has said the country’s tax authority was in serious breach of the GDPR for compiling a secret fraud blacklist between 2013 and early 2020 – the latest in a pattern of enforcement action against blacklisting.

29 October 2021

Lawmakers clash over inclusion of EU firms in Digital Markets Act

The shadow rapporteur for the EU Digital Markets Act has spoken to GDR about her party’s “red line” against efforts to narrow the scope of the new legislation.

29 October 2021

Proton avoids Swiss retention rules

A Swiss court has ruled that privacy-centric Proton Mail is not a telecommunications provider and exempted it from the country’s data access and retention requirements.

28 October 2021

FTC finalises security rules for financial institutions

The US Federal Trade Commission’s decision to implement strict cybersecurity rules for financial institutions comes over the objections of industry members and other FTC commissioners.

28 October 2021

Indian Supreme Court orders Pegasus probe

India’s top court has ordered an independent investigation into the state’s alleged use of Pegasus spyware technology following reports that it had been used to target politicians, journalists and activists.

28 October 2021

US FCC pulls telecoms licence over surveillance concerns

The Federal Communications Commission has ordered China Telecom to close its US business within 60 days, citing concerns that the Chinese Communist Party could use the state-owned company to access confidential data – and signalling that other companies will soon be in the firing line.

27 October 2021

Maja Smoltczyk: The exit interview

Berlin privacy chief Maja Smoltczyk has become a key player in the European data protection landscape. Shortly before her retirement, she told GDR about the GDPR’s successes and failings, how her office reached Germany’s first multimillion-euro fine, and its ongoing audit of the aftermath of Schrems II.

27 October 2021

Marketing agency hack exposes multinational clients

A digital marketing agency in Hong Kong has been the victim of a ransomware attack that has exposed the data of some of the world’s biggest companies.

27 October 2021

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