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Dutch DPA Issues Opinion on Use of Cookie Walls

Recently, the Dutch Data protection Authority has taken the position that the use of so-called “cookie walls,” whereby website access is made conditional upon the provision of consent to tracking cookies, is not compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

According to the Dutch SA, use of online tracking technology is one of the most invasive data processing activities considering that virtually everyone is active on the internet and therefore potentially subject to online tracking. It is therefore key to obtain valid consent from website users before engaging in any tracking activity. nd such consent shall meet GDPR requirements.

Source: Dutch Supervisory Authority Opines on Use of Cookie Walls

German regional data protection authorities impose fines of EUR 449,000 for GDPR breaches

German regional data protection authorities have imposed fines in 75 cases totalling EUR 449,0000 for breaches of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), since it came into effect in May 2018.

Fines have been imposed in six federal states. In Baden-Wurttemberg, for example, the data protection authorities imposed fined worth EUR 203,000 in seven cases, in Rhineland-Palatinate EUR 124,000 for nine cases, in Berlin EUR 105,600 for eighteen cases and in Hamburg, EUR 25,000 for two cases, the report added.

Source: German regional data protection authorities impose fines of EUR 449,000 for GDPR breaches – Telecompaper

Only 0.25% of reported data breach cases fined under GDPR

Data requested by digi.me shows that of 11,468 data breach cases closed by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) since GDPR’s implementation, only 29 have resulted in financial penalties. That makes a penalty rate of just 0.25 per cent.

The data also revealed that 37,798 data protection concerns have been raised by members of the public since 25 May 2018. This figure is nearly three times the number of actual data breach cases investigated by the ICO during this same period (12,854).

Source: Digi.me investigation reveals only 0.25pc of reported data breach cases fined under GDPR – digi.me

Ireland Is Being Shamed For Not Regulating Big Tech

Europe’s tough data-privacy rules risk being undermined by the inaction of a single regulator.

Even though Irish Data Protection Commission oversees the biggest, most data-hungry tech companies in the world, the Irish regulator has been rather quiet. After receiving almost 3,000 complaints, it has issued no fines since GDPR came into force, despite opening more than a dozen inquiries into firms like Facebook and Twitter.

Full article: Ireland Is Being Tech-Shamed, For Good Reason – Bloomberg

Facebook facing 20-year consent agreement after privacy lapses

The social media giant Facebook is headed toward an agreement with the U.S. government over its privacy policies and practices that would put it under 20 years of oversight.

The agreement would resolve a probe of whether the company violated a similar consent pact reached in 2011. There had been expectations a deal was imminent after Facebook set aside $3 billion to pay what it said it expected to be a $3 billion to $5 billion penalty. But two sources said on Monday that no deal was expected this week.

Source: Facebook facing 20-year consent agreement after privacy lapses

GDPR: Europe Counts 65,000 Data Breach Notifications So Far

European privacy authorities have received nearly 65,000 data breach notifications since the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation went into full effect in May 2018.

In addition, regulators in 11 European countries have imposed almost €56 million in General Data Protection Regulation fines. Though biggest part of it comes from Google €50 million GDPR fine.

Source: GDPR: Europe Counts 65,000 Data Breach Notifications So Far

Data transfers as the Brexit clock counts down

Many business owners have spoken of their concern for the impact a “no deal” Brexit could have on personal data transfers between the EU and the UK.

However, some experts say that any adverse fallouts can be easily managed by the use of model clauses for data protection agreements.

Full article: Data transfers as the Brexit clock counts down

ICO’s draft Age Appropriate Design Code could seriously impact child data processing

On 15 April 2019, the ICO opened a public consultation on a draft code of practice titled Age Appropriate Design. The Code will remain open for public consultation until 31 May 2019.

The consultation document is described as a “code of practice for online services likely to be accessed by children.” However, its potential impact is in fact wider, and is perhaps better described as applying to all online services that are not demonstrably unlikely to be accessed by children, which it controversially defines as individuals under 18.

Full article: ICO’s draft Age Appropriate Design Code could seriously impact processing of under 18’s personal data

Microsoft working to support decentralised identity

Microsoft is among the big tech players aiming to help enable personalisation of products and services without putting privacy at risk.

Microsoft believes there are three important steps that will help to rebalance the equation, said Chik – first, enable individuals to bring their own identity; second, accept independently verified information from individuals; and third, recognise individuals as data controllers.

Source: Microsoft working to support decentralised identity

Companies’ Stock Value Dropped 7.5% after Data Breaches

After analyzing the top three breaches from the past three years, Bitglass found that in the aftermath of a data breach, a decrease in stock price was a notable repercussion identifiable for publicly traded companies.

Research also showed that these breaches have cost an average of $347 million in legal fees, penalties and remediation costs. “Marriott uncovered the breach while seeking GDPR compliance; the company is now being fined $912 million under the regulation,” the report said.

Source: Companies’ Stock Value Dropped 7.5% after Data Breaches – Infosecurity Magazine

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