Policy

Facebook wins landmark Brazilian internet privacy case

In a case that sets precedent for future privacy disputes, Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice has ruled that Facebook is not required to disclose information about users who shared a defamatory post on the social media platform.

11 March 2021

UK adequacy decision: end goal in sight

After years of wrangling over Brexit and the terms of the withdrawal agreement, recent squabbles over the importing of vaccines, shellfish and even ham sandwiches have made the issue of UK-EU equivalence a testy subject. As such, the European Commission’s recent UK adequacy decision is encouraging for the data community, says Kim Roberts of King & Spalding.

05 March 2021

Belgium data regulator urged staff to hand over covid test results

The Belgian data protection authority asked staff to hand over their covid-19 test results, GDR has learned – potentially breaching the regulator’s own guidance and the GDPR.

04 March 2021

Virginia governor clears privacy bill to mixed reviews

Virginia’s governor has signed the omnibus Consumer Data Protection Act into law, making the state the second in the US to have comprehensive privacy legislation – but garnering criticism from some tech advocates.

04 March 2021

FTC ripped for blacking out Facebook’s privacy report

The US Federal Trade Commission has been slammed for redacting the majority of a report that would ostensibly shine light on Facebook’s internal data policies and practices, with activists accusing the FTC of failing to live up to “transparency” promises it made when announcing the settlement some 20 months ago.

03 March 2021

Tracking is dead, Google says

Google has promised not to track people from site to site, saying it will not replace third-party cookies with alternative ways of identifying users.

03 March 2021

UK looks to forge own path in data protection

The UK looks set to diverge from its European neighbours on data policy, with a senior politician indicating he plans to move faster than the EU on data flows and Elizabeth Denham’s replacement being asked to focus on data innovation.

02 March 2021

Companies focus on data-led product development, GDR report shows

An exclusive GDR survey suggests the private sector is extensively using data assets to create new products and services – and may be shifting its focus away from commercialising personal data by using it to target online adverts.

26 February 2021

Draft SCC clash with Irish law reaches European Commission

The European Commission and Ireland’s data regulator are both investigating whether the wording of the proposed new standard contractual clauses could cause complications when used under Irish law.

25 February 2021

US Treasury inspector raises Fourth Amendment concerns over bulk data purchases

An inspector general for the US Department of the Treasury has raised concerns that the government's warrantless purchases of geolocation data could violate Fourth Amendment privacy protections.

25 February 2021

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