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14% of Android app privacy policies contain contradictions about data collection

An analysis of 11,430 Play Store apps found that 14.2% used a privacy policy with contradicting statements about user data collection practices.

Examples include privacy policies that stated in one section that they do not collect personal data, only to contradict themselves in subsequent sections, where they state they collect emails or customer names — which are clearly personally-idenfiable information. Self-contradictions can lead to the identification of deceptive statements, which are enforceable by the FTC and the DPAs (data protection authorities) of the EU.

Source: 14% of Android app privacy policies contain contradictions about data collection | ZDNet

Croatian Presidency tempers expectations on ePrivacy progress

The Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is the just the latest EU presidency to try to tackle the ePrivacy Regulation.

Finland, Romania, Austria and Bulgaria were among the countries that could not figure out ePrivacy during their presidencies, and now it’s Croatia’s turn at the plate. While the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs pushed forward a version of ePrivacy back in October 2017, however, progress since that vote has essentially been nonexistent.

Full article: Croatian Presidency tempers expectations on ePrivacy progress

EU to police digital assistants

European Union privacy watchdogs are gearing up to police digital assistants after revelations that Amazon.com Inc. workers listened in on people’s conversations with their Alexa digital assistants.

EU regulators are now working on a common approach on how to police the technology. But the move toward common guidelines for digital assistants means companies should avoid fines — for now.

Source: Amazon Alexa Eavesdropping Spurs EU-Wide Privacy Safeguards – Bloomberg

EU considers ban of facial recognition for up to five years

The European Commission has revealed it is considering a ban on the use of facial recognition in public areas for up to five years.

The European Commission wants time to work out how to prevent the technology being abused. Exceptions to the ban could be made for security projects as well as research and development.

 

Source: Facial recognition: EU considers ban of up to five years – BBC News

2019 registers over €400m in data protection fines in Europe

Last year, the data protection authorities in the EEA imposed 190 fines with a total cost of over €410,000,000, according to a new report by Federprivacy.

The study analyzed official sources of information in the 30 countries that are part of the European Economic Area (EEA).

The most active Authority for Data Protection was Italy (GPDP) with 30 actions in 2019, followed by Spain (AEPD) with 28, and Romania (ANSPDCP) with 20. The strictest has been the UK (ICO) with €312,000,000 of sanctions (76% of the total).

Source: #Privacy: 2019 registers over €400m in data protection fines in Europe

New EU Guidance Published on Cybersecurity and Medical Devices

New European medical device guidance will require manufacturers to carefully review cybersecurity and IT security requirements in relation to their devices and in their product literature.

This new guidance comes at the same time as a draft guidance on privacy by design has been published by the European Data Protection Board requiring product developers to implement privacy into the design of their products.

Source: New Guidance Published on Cybersecurity and Medical Devices

Research reveals that most websites are not compliant with GDPR and ePrivacy Directive

Research has found that only 11.8% of consent management platforms (CMPs) meet the minimal requirements under GDPR and Europe’s eDirective regulations regarding cookies and consent.

A study conducted by researchers at MIT CSAIL, Denmark’s Aarhus University and University College London, analysed how prevalent CMP designs impact people’s consent choices.

Full article: #Privacy: Research reveals that most websites are not compliant with GDPR

Cookie consent tools are being used to undermine EU privacy rules

Most cookie consent pop-ups served to internet users in the European Union — ostensibly seeking permission to track people’s web activity — are likely to be flouting regional privacy laws, a new study by researchers at MIT, UCL and Aarhus University suggests.

“The results of our empirical survey of CMPs [consent management platforms] today illustrates the extent to which illegal practices prevail, with vendors of CMPs turning a blind eye to — or worse, incentivising — clearly illegal configurations of their systems,” the researchers argue, adding that: “Enforcement in this area is sorely lacking.”

Full article: Cookie consent tools are being used to undermine EU privacy rules, study suggests | TechCrunch

EU Parliament debates if California could be considered ‘adequate’

Members of the Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs discussed in depth the European Commission’s report, issued Oct. 21, with representatives of the European Commission and European Data Protection Board.

Referring to the California Consumer Privacy Act, which took effect Jan. 1, Bruno Gencarelli, the commission’s head of International Data Flows and Protection Unit, said many of those who worked on the EU General Data Protection Regulation and Law Enforcement Directive “would not even have imagined a few years ago that there would be serious discussion in Congress about a federal privacy legislation or that California would have strong privacy rules that have just entered into application.”

Source: EU Parliament debates: Could California be considered ‘adequate’ on its own?

Avoid heavy AI regulation, White House tells EU

The US administration has urged European lawmakers to avoid heavy regulation frameworks in the future rollout of Artificial Intelligence technologies on the continent.

The call comes ahead of the European Commission’s planned presentation of its AI strategy, set to be announced early this year.

Source: Avoid heavy AI regulation, White House tells EU – EURACTIV.com

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