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EU and US work on electronic evidence agreement

European Commission and U.S. Department of Justice officials met on September 25 to begin formal negotiations on an EU-U.S. agreement to facilitate access to electronic evidence in criminal investigations.

There was agreement to regular negotiating rounds with the view to concluding an agreement as quickly as possible. Progress will be reviewed at the next EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial in December.

Source: European Commission – PRESS RELEASES – Press release – Criminal justice: Joint statement on the launch of EU-U.S. negotiations to facilitate access to electronic evidence

Pre-Checked Cookie Consent Invalid, EU Court Rules

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) this morning ruled that storing cookies requires internet users’ active consent.

It’s not good enough, says the CJEU, to present users with a pre-checked box and require them to click it to opt out. That consent must be specific, and that users should be informed how long cookies will be stored for and used, and whether or not third parties will have access to them.

That decision is unaffected by whether or not the information stored or accessed on the user’s equipment is personal data.

Source: Pre-Checked Cookie Consent Invalid, EU Court Rules

France plans to scan social media for tax fraud

France ’s data protection watchdog has urged caution over plans to allow authorities to monitor individuals’ social media posts and purchasing activity on websites such as eBay in order to identify those committing tax fraud.

The French parliament is to debate proposals for a three-year trial during which the tax office’s computer system would collect information on peoples’ lifestyles from social media accounts such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and also monitor their activity on sites such as eBay and the French site Le Bon Coin.

Source: French plan to scan social media for tax fraud causes alarm

Google wins landmark right to be forgotten case

Europe’s top court has ruled that Google does not have to apply the right to be forgotten globally.

It means that firm only needs to remove references to articles and other material from its search results in Europe – and not elsewhere – after receiving an appropriate request.

The ruling stems from a dispute between Google and a French privacy regulator.

Source: Google wins landmark right to be forgotten case

Secret FBI Subpoenas Scoop Up Personal Data From Scores of Companies

The F.B.I. has used secret subpoenas to obtain personal data from far more companies than previously disclosed.

The requests, which the F.B.I. says are critical to its counterterrorism efforts, have raised privacy concerns for years but have been associated mainly with tech companies. Now, records show how far beyond Silicon Valley the practice extends — encompassing scores of banks, credit agencies, cellphone carriers and even universities.

Source: Secret F.B.I. Subpoenas Scoop Up Personal Data From Scores of Companies – The New York Times

EDPS publishes opinion on communication data as personal data

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published, on 11 September 2019, the pleading notes before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the joint hearing for case C-623/17 Privacy International, joint cases C-511/18 and C-512/18 La Quadrature du Net and Others, and case C-520/18 Ordre des Barreaux Francophones et Germanophone and Others.

Notes address question whether the IP addresses or other data relating to electronic communications are capable of providing information on the content of communications, what information concerning the private lives of the concerned persons can be obtained from IP addresses or other data relating to electronic communications, as well as whether, and to what extent, it would be possible to limit the retention and the access to electronic communication data while enabling the objectives set out in Article 15(1) of the ePrivacy Directive.

Source: Pleading notes of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)

Startup HiQ Labs may collect data from people’s LinkedIn profiles, court rules

Company called HiQ Labs wins court OK to scrape profiles on LinkedIn for data about people’s lives and connections.

LinkedIn invoked a federal anti-hacking law in telling HiQ to stop. It also installed technical blocks to prevent HiQ from accessing otherwise publicly available information on LinkedIn users. A 2017 ruling ordered LinkedIn to stop blocking the startup. LinkedIn appealed, but lost.

Source: Startup HiQ Labs may collect data from people’s LinkedIn profiles, court rules – CBS News

Facebook: Charting a Way Forward on Privacy and Data Portability

To build portability tools people can trust and use effectively, online services need clear rules about what kinds of data should be portable and who is responsible for protecting that data as it moves to different services.

To address that, Facebook has published a white paper that sets forth five questions about data portability and privacy that we hope will help advance a global conversation.

The paper can be downloaded here.

Source: Charting a Way Forward on Privacy and Data Portability | Facebook Newsroom

Build an Online Presence Without Giving Up Privacy

Every social network might as well be LinkedIn.

Every hiring manager will do a Google search on your name, most companies keep an eye on your social networks, and in several industries, you’re expected to have an online presence. With all this online performance, is it possible to retain some semblance of privacy?

Source: Opinion | Build an Online Presence Without Giving Up Privacy – The New York Times

Spanish court determines that energy consumption data is personal data

Spain’s Supreme Court has ruled that energy consumption data is protected by the Law on Data Protection as they are data on consumer’s behavior habits such as the hours in which the light is used, the rooms in which it is used or the appliances that are plugged in.

Source: El Tribunal Supremo determina que los datos de consumo energético doméstico son datos personales

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