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Company closure and 4-year ban for director after marketing regulation breach

A director of a lead generating service has been banned for four years after failing to ensure his company complied with text message regulations.

Lad Media Limited sent over 393,000 SMS messages were sent to members of the public, including to individuals whom had withdrawn their consent regarding the receipt of marketing texts or calls.

Irrespective of Lad Media’s claim that the illegal marketing had not been their fault, but was instead due to the actions of third parties, the ICO imposed a fine of £20,000.

Source: Company closure and 4-year ban for director after marketing regulation breach

Austrian DPA takes “result-oriented perspective” in data erasure decision

The Austrian data protection authority (‘DSB’) published, on 30 January 2019, its decision, dated 5 December 2018, on the right to data erasure, further to an individual’s complaint.

In particular, the DSB highlighted that the complainant had alleged that an unnamed insurance company had infringed his right to data erasure by only deleting data stored for marketing purposes and anonymising the remainder.

Full article: Austria: DSB takes “result-oriented perspective” in data erasure decision

Google remain under ICO scrutiny for GDPR misdemeanours

The Information Commissioner’s Office is to work alongside regulators in Europe to establish whether Google has fallen foul of more GDPR rules.

The ICO, which enforces European data law in the UK, is now investigating measures to take following a number of complaints raised against the tech giant.

Source: Google remain under ICO scrutiny for GDPR misdemeanours

EU DPAs urged to act against online ad auctions

Panoptykon Foundation, the Warsaw based digital rights organization, has joined in the complaints filed in the UK and Ireland in September by Jim Killock of the Open Rights Group, Michael Veale of University College London, and Dr Johnny Ryan of Brave.

Together, the complainants in Ireland, Poland, and the UK, have also filed new evidence today with the national data protection authorities of Ireland, Poland, and the United Kingdom, that reveals how ad auction companies, including Google, unlawfully profile Internet users’ religious beliefs, ethnicities, diseases, disabilities, and sexual orientation.

Full article: Update on GDPR complaint (RTB ad auctions)

Learning from Google’s record-setting GDPR fine

With the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) disclosing on January 21 st a 50 million euro fine against Google LLC, we now have a precedent against which to evaluate the impact and reach of GDPR enforcement.

This is significant as, with this precedent, we can determine some of the factors a Data Protection Authority (DPA) will use in assessing the extent of a given violation.

Full article: Learning from Google’s record-setting GDPR fine

IBM releases diverse dataset to fight facial recognition bias

The tech giant released a trove of data containing 1 million images of faces taken from a Flickr dataset with 100 million photos and videos.

Researchers at the company hope that these specific details will help developers train their artificial intelligence-powered facial recognition systems to identify faces more fairly and accurately.

Full article: IBM releases diverse dataset to fight facial recognition bias

Dutch Data Protection Authority received record amount of data breach notifications in 2018

Dutch Data Protection Authority received record amount of data breach notifications in 2018. Earlier today, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens) issued a press release stating that it received 20,881 notifications of data breaches in 2018.

In comparison to 2017, the amount of data breach notifications has (more than) doubled.

Source: NETHERLANDS: Dutch Data Protection Authority received record amount of data breach notifications in 2018. Earlier today…

EU data watchdog raises concerns over Facebook integration

Facebook’s plan to merge WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger could raise significant data protection concerns, according to the Irish commission that regulates the social network in the EU.

The Data Protection Commission has asked for an urgent briefing with Facebook Ireland so it can assess the proposals, it said in a statement. “The Irish DPC will be very closely scrutinising Facebook’s plans as they develop, particularly insofar as they involve the sharing and merging of personal data between different Facebook companies.

Source: EU data watchdog raises concerns over Facebook integration

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