Region: European Union

ECJ: websites with Facebook Like buttons are joint controllers

The EU’s highest court has ruled that operators of websites that use Facebook Like buttons are joint controllers for website visitor personal data collected and sent to the social media company – but not when it comes to Facebook’s subsequent processing of the data.

29 July 2019

IBM: Average data breach costs nearly $4 million

The average cost of a data breach has hit almost $4 million, an IBM report that involved interviewing more than 3,000 people has found.

24 July 2019

EU enforcer formalises Amazon data probe

The European Commission’s preliminary investigation into how Amazon uses Marketplace sellers’ data has become a formal probe of whether the company is abusing its dual role as platform operator and retailer.

18 July 2019

GDPR fines not insurable in most EU countries, report says

GDPR fines are not insurable in the majority of EU countries, according to a report by law firm DLA Piper and insurer AON.

12 July 2019

EU regulators take aim at data-driven business models

Leading EU competition and data protection regulators have vowed to combine forces and use a wider array of their powers to change the data-driven business models favoured by the likes of Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon – as well as China’s tech giants.

10 July 2019

Irish data regulator urges ECJ to scrap SCCs

Counsel for privacy activist Max Schrems has rejected the Irish data protection commissioner’s call for standard contractual clauses to be scrapped in favour of a “more measured approach”, while Facebook has said any such scrapping would endanger the EU’s free trade commitments.

09 July 2019

Data interoperability balances tech priorities, EU report author says

Requiring data interoperability may enable the social benefits of technology efficiencies while resolving competition concerns, an author of an EU report on digital markets has said.

25 June 2019

Telecoms regulation doesn’t cover Gmail, ECJ rules

Google’s Gmail service falls outside the scope of EU telecommunications regulation, the European Court of Justice has concluded, shielding the popular email service from data protection and other obligations.

13 June 2019

The GDPR one year on: key areas for international businesses

A year after the GDPR came into force, Morgan Lewis & Bockius London partner Pulina Whitaker and Philadelphia partner Ezra Church assess the impact of the legislation and questions that have yet to be answered.

04 June 2019

German enforcer: Innovation in digital economy is all about data access

The head of Germany’s Monopolies Commission has praised Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon for investing in innovation – but said they need to grant greater access to rivals.

04 June 2019

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