German regulator slams data retention plans following ECJ ruling

Shortly after a landmark ruling in Europe’s highest court, the German federal data protection regulator has called for EU policymakers to permanently ditch blanket data retention.

13 October 2020

Adtech company hits back at data abuse claims

OnAudience says an influential privacy activist's claims about its data practices are “absurd”.

08 October 2020

US House report: Privacy, not price, is best measure of digital market power

The US House has released its much-anticipated report on competition in digital markets, making the case that privacy erosions are a better indicator than prices when it comes to measuring Big Tech’s market power.

07 October 2020

ECJ blocks bulk data harvesting but allows targeted collection

The EU’s top court has confirmed that member states cannot order telecoms providers to indiscriminately harvest data for national security purposes, but ruled the practice can continue in exceptional circumstances.

06 October 2020

Trump Administration fights for WeChat ban

The US Department of Commerce has appealed against a court order that prevented it from banning WeChat, arguing that national security concerns should trump “comparatively minor” burdens on freedom of speech.

05 October 2020

ICO offers clarity on fines

The UK’s data watchdog has revealed how it plans to calculate its GDPR penalties.

05 October 2020

EU-US gap widens over post-Schrems surveillance

The US and EU seem further than ever from an agreement on how to solve data flows to the US, with two influential pressure groups calling for wholesale US surveillance reform days after the US attempted to assuage companies’ fears.

02 October 2020

China prepares for new era in data protection

In a move likely to please international businesses, Chinese lawmakers will soon release a draft of the country’s first national omnibus law focused solely on data protection.

01 October 2020

ICO set to U-turn on GDPR fine discounts

The UK data watchdog plans to cut companies’ penalties when they pay quickly and do not appeal – despite refusing to apply that discount in its only GDPR fine to date.

01 October 2020

German-led EU Council pushes tougher ePrivacy draft

In yet another twist in a long-running saga, the German presidency of the Council of the EU has proposed removing a GDPR-style legitimate interests provision from the ePrivacy Regulation.

30 September 2020

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