Policy

Facial recognition scrutinised by US lawmakers

US lawmakers have expressed a bipartisan consensus for the need of facial recognition regulation, following the release of an internal government report showing that federal law enforcers use the technology with little to no oversight – but Congress has proposed little in the way of concrete solutions.

14 July 2021

Denham pushes back on regulatory reform report

The UK’s data protection chief has appeared to disagree with a recent report that suggested restricting data subjects’ rights to challenge AI-driven automated decision-making.

13 July 2021

Italian watchdog falls in line on cookies

Italy’s data watchdog has given website owners six months to comply with strict new cookie guidelines, mirroring steps taken by other European regulators to establish a consent-driven approach to online tracking.

13 July 2021

Sweeping Biden order takes action on data privacy and portability

Tougher data privacy and portability regulations are among 72 initiatives announced by US President Joe Biden in an executive order aimed at increasing competition.

09 July 2021

New Zealand to establish consumer data right framework

New Zealand’s government has agreed to establish a consumer data right framework in order to give individuals and businesses greater choice and control over their data.

09 July 2021

Colorado enters race to set US privacy standards

Colorado’s state privacy bill has become law, signalling that the state intends to compete with the likes of California and Virginia to set national data standards for the US.

08 July 2021

Deadly data: Annie Jacobsen on the military origins of biometrics

Pulitzer Prize finalist Annie Jacobsen’s latest book, First Platoon, chronicles the US military’s massive and ultimately disastrous project to compile biometrics on nearly the entire population of Afghanistan. GDR talked to Jacobsen about the implications big data has for combat, democracy, privacy and other societal issues.

06 July 2021

European enforcers call for DMA enforcement coordination

The heads of Europe's national antitrust authorities have said they should jointly enforce the Digital Markets Act with the European Commission, as it would be challenging for the EU enforcer to sufficiently apply the new rules on its own.

05 July 2021

Q&A: Ex-Spanish DPA chief José Luis Piñar

José Luis Piñar led Spain’s data protection authority from 2002 to 2007 and is currently counsel at CMS in Madrid. He spoke to GDR about the Spanish watchdog’s recent guidance on data risk assessment and the need for EU-wide guidelines.

01 July 2021

UK adequacy confirmed

Europe has formally approved the UK’s adequacy with a four-year limit in the case of future regulatory divergence.

28 June 2021

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