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Joint statement on global privacy expectations of the Libra network

On August 8, representatives of the global community of data protection and privacy enforcement authorities issued a joint statement on global privacy expectations of the Libra network.

Data protection authorities may individually follow up with Libra with more specific questions as the proposals and service offering develops.

Source: Joint statement on global privacy expectations of the Libra network | European Data Protection Supervisor

PwC fined 150,000 euros for infringements of the GDPR

The Hellenic Data Protection Authority, in response to a complaint, conducted an ex officio investigation of the lawfulness of the processing of personal data of the employees of the company ‘PriceWaterhouseCoopers Business Solutions SA’ (PwC).

According to the complaint, employees were required to give consent to the processing of their personal data. Hellenic DPA’s fined PwC €150,000 for selection and application of inappropriate legal basis and violation of the principle of accountability.

Source: Company fined 150,000 euros for infringements of the GDPR

Google Hit With New Privacy Suit Over Voice Recordings

A group of California residents has sued Google over allegations that the tech giant violates state law by recording their conversations without consent.

Their complaint comes several weeks after the Dutch radio broadcaster VRT reported Google Home smart speakers and Google Assistant were transmitting consumers’ conversations to Google, even when people hadn’t first given the “Hey, Google,” or “OK, Google,” commands.

Three Illinois residents alleged in a complaint filed in Cook County, Illinois Circuit Court that Google’s collection and retention of voiceprints violates a state biometric privacy law.

Source: Google Hit With New Privacy Suit Over Voice Recordings 07/30/2019

EU privacy ruling against Facebook to come by end 2019

European privacy investigators expect to complete a lengthy probe into whether Facebook violated the bloc’s tough data protection rules by the end of the year, according to the Irish official who is leading the inquiries.

Decision expected to focus on how WhatsApp shared users’ data with the social networking giant.

Source: EU privacy ruling against Facebook to come by end 2019 – POLITICO

Websites Using Facebook “Like” Button Are Responsible for User Privacy

The Court of Justice for the European Union has ruled websites embedding the Facebook “like” button are responsible for user privacy.

In Fashion ID v Verbraucherzentrale NRW, the Court stated FashionID can be held jointly responsible with Facebook for compliance with Europe’s data protection rules. Facebook’s tracking technique collects the personal data of visitors to a third-party website and transfers it to Facebook.

Source: Top European Court Rules Companies Using Facebook “Like” Button Are Responsible for User Privacy

European Commission refers Greece and Spain to Court

The European Commission decided to refer Greece and Spain to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to transpose the EU rules on personal data protection (the Data Protection Law Enforcement Directive, Directive (EU) 2016/680).

In April 2016, the Council and the European Parliament agreed the Directive had to be transposed into national law by 6 May 2018.

Source: Data protection: Commission refers Greece and Spain to Court

Research aims to automatically answer user questions on online privacy policies

Internet users may soon have a way to have their questions about online privacy policies answered automatically, thanks to a new multi-institution research project that includes Penn State. The project aims to enable people to ask questions about the privacy issues that matter to them when reviewing privacy policies.

The researchers will create software in the form of mobile applications, web browser plugins and interactive websites by developing and using algorithms in the areas of natural language processing, machine learning, and knowledge representation and reasoning. The interdisciplinary project aims to reinvent notice and choice — the idea that privacy policies are sufficient because users are given notice about how their information will be used and choices about what they can do in regards to the policy, such as opting out of certain features.

Source: Research aims to automatically answer user questions on online privacy policies | Penn State University

First company to fail GDPR compliance shares tips

Location data company Teemo was the first to get busted for failing to comply under GDPR guidelines, but it was also the first to become compliant. Now, Teemo CEO shares tips for U.S. companies that are wondering where to start.

Full article: First company to fail GDPR compliance shares tips on prepping for US privacy regs | AdAge

FTC approves settlement with Google over YouTube kids privacy violations

The Federal Trade Commission has finalized a settlement with Google in its investigation into YouTube for violating federal kids’ privacy laws, according to two people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to discuss it on record.

The settlement finds that Google inadequately protected kids who used its video-streaming service and improperly collected their data in breach of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which prohibits the tracking and targeting of users younger than 13.

Source: FTC approves settlement with Google over YouTube kids privacy violations – The Washington Post

Facebook Dodged a Bullet From the FTC. It Faces Many More. 

The social network may have escaped restrictions and financial bruising with the F.T.C.’s settlement, but its pain is just beginning around the world.

Regulators and lawmakers in Washington, Europe and in countries including Canada have already begun multiple investigations and proposing new restrictions against Facebook that will probably embroil it in policy debates and legal wrangling for years to come. And in some of these places, the authorities are increasingly coordinating to form a more united front against the company.

Full article: Facebook Dodged a Bullet From the F.T.C. It Faces Many More. – The New York Times

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