Think about privacy the next time you ask Alexa the weather

More and more people are starting to think twice before asking Alexa for the daily forecast. According to a recent PwC survey, 38 percent of participants chose not to purchase a smart device because they “don’t want something listening in on [their lives] all the time.” Additionally, 28 percent of respondents are “concerned about privacy issues with [their] data/security.”

Full article: Think about privacy the next time you ask Alexa the weather

German Authorities Issue 41 GDPR Fines

A survey by Handelsblatt shows that 41 fines have been issued by German privacy authorities through mid-January of this year, according to an analysis by Mondaq.

The highest fine has been €80,000 — for an entity that allowed health-related data to be publicly seen, the report continues. In addition, a €20,000 penalty was imposed on the chat portal Knuddels.de by the State Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officer for Baden-Württemberg.

Source: German Authorities Issue 41 GDPR Fines: Report 02/25/2019

Finland to investigate Nokia about sending data to China

Finland’s data protection ombudsman said on Thursday he would investigate whether Nokia-branded phones had breached data rules after a report said the handsets sent information to China.

Nokia-branded mobile phones are developed under licence by Finnish company HMD Global, which said no personal data had been shared with a third party although it said there had been a data software glitch with one batch of handsets that had been fixed.

Source: Finland to investigate Nokia-branded phones after data breach report | Reuters

EU Advocate General Issues Opinion on Consent for Cookies and Intersection with the GDPR

On March 21, 2019, Advocate General Szpunar released his opinion in the Planet49 case, currently pending before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The case centers on the use of consent for the processing of personal data and consent for the use of cookies.

In the Advocate General’s view, the pre-ticked box for cookies does not provide a valid active consent under the GDPR nor under the ePrivacy Directive. Moreover, he considers that the ePrivacy Directive’s consent requirement for cookies applies irrespective of whether the collected data qualify as personal data.

Source: EU Advocate General Issues Opinion on Consent for Cookies and Intersection with the GDPR

EDPB LIBE report on the implementation of GDPR

On February 26, the EDPB Chair and Vice-Chair addressed the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) presenting EDPB’s first report on implementation of EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the roles and means of the national supervisory authorities.

You can read the full report here: EDPB LIBE Report

Bavarian Data Protection Authority announces possible fines after website search

At the beginning of February, the Bavarian Data Protection Authority (DPA) participated in the Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019 and searched 40 websites of large companies based in Bavaria.

The DPA reviewed cyber security and user tracking practices with the finding that in the DPA’s view none of the 40 companies provided for GDPR-compliant practices on their websites. As a result, the DPA announced it is considering fines under the GDPR.

Source: Germany: Bavarian Data Protection Authority announces possible fines after sobering result of website search

White Paper on Principles for a Revised U.S. Privacy Framework

The Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has issued a white paper on Ten Principles for a Revised U.S. Privacy Framework.

CIPL believes that the use of personal information and privacy can most effectively be regulated at the federal level, and puts forward ten principles that should be included in any new federal privacy framework to ensure appropriate protection for consumers while facilitating the digital economy, innovation and the responsible use of data.

Download the full paper to read more about the principles and why these are essential for inclusion in a new federal U.S. privacy framework.

Source: CIPL Issues White Paper on Principles for a Revised U.S. Privacy Framework | Privacy & Information Security Law Blog

EU citizens being tracked on sensitive government sites

EU governments are allowing more than 100 advertising companies, including Google and Facebook, to surreptitiously track citizens across sensitive public sector websites, in apparent violation of their own EU data protection rules, a study has found.

Danish browser-analysis company Cookiebot found ad trackers — which log users’ locations, devices and browsing behaviours for advertisers — on the official government websites of 25 EU member states. The French government had the highest number of ad trackers on its site, with 52 different companies tracking users’ behaviour.

Source: EU citizens being tracked on sensitive government sites | Financial Times

How the tragic death of Do Not Track ruined the web for everyone

A decade ago, a simple browser setting – called Do Not Track – promised to make it easy to protect your online privacy from nosy advertisers. To opt out of being tracked, you’d check a box in your browser’s settings.

It was a great idea. Too bad it never came anywhere near to living up to its promise.

For all practical purposes, DNT died years ago. But Apple’s removal of the Do Not Track preference from Safari for Macs and iOS in an update in early February officially signaled the end of what might have been a workable understanding between consumers and the advertisers that rely on ad-tech networks to target them.

Full article: How the tragic death of Do Not Track ruined the web for everyone

Facebook Promises Encrypted Messaging, but You Don’t Need to Wait

Facebook Messenger may offer end-to-end encryption, eventually, but Facebook can still use the service to collect your data. And you already have other choices for secure messaging. Consumer Reports has the details.

Full article: Facebook Promises Encrypted Messaging, but You Don’t Need to Wait – Consumer Reports

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