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Commission conducting ‘preparatory work’ should ECJ invalidate privacy shield

The European Commission is preparing for the eventuality that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) may invalidate the EU-US data transfer agreement, known as the Privacy Shield, Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders has said.

“We don’t have one plan, but we have some ideas about the different ways to give an answer, following the scope of the decision of the court,” he added, keeping his cards close to his chest, however, on the specifics of how the Commission would react to a legal invalidation of the Privacy Shield.

Source: Commission conducting ‘preparatory work’ should ECJ invalidate privacy shield  – EURACTIV.com

Facial recognition developed by Clearview AI likely illegal in Europe

The European Data Protection Board warned that Clearview AI’s technology is likely to be illegal in Europe.

Clearview AI’s software allows organizations to match pictures of people’s faces to a database containing more than 3 billion images that have been taken from social media platforms and other websites.

Source: Facial recognition developed by Clearview AI likely illegal in Europe

Tiktok to transfer data control to UK arm ahead of Brexit

Tiktok has said it will be moving ownership of its users’ data in Europe to local subsidiaries, in a boost to its British arm as it prepares for Brexit.

The social media app’s US parent Tiktok Inc will no longer manage and safeguard data for users based in the UK and the European Union. Instead, from 29 July, Tiktok Ireland will control the data of all users in the European Economic Area and Switzerland, while Tiktok UK will do the same for Britons.

Source: Tiktok to transfer data control to UK arm ahead of Brexit – CityAM : CityAM

Microsoft’s Free Rein Over EU Staff Data Sparks Privacy Warning

Microsoft Corp.’s licensing agreements with European Union authorities gave the U.S. tech giant free rein to oversee data processing activities for more than 45,000 EU officials, the institution’s own privacy watchdog warned.

The EU’s in-house data protection regulator said in its findings of a probe that institutions’ lack of control “over which sub-processors Microsoft used and lack of meaningful audit rights also presented significant issues.”

Source: Microsoft’s Free Rein Over EU Staff Data Sparks Privacy Warning – Bloomberg

EDPS Investigation into EU institutions’ use of Microsoft products and services

EDPS issued a Public Paper detailing its findings and recommendations on the use of Microsoft products and services by EU institutions.

These findings may help any public administrations when contracting ICT services, because of the similarities between the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 which applies to the EU institutions.

Source: The Hague Forum: Reinforcing cooperation for fair IT contracts in Europe | European Data Protection Supervisor

Why Trump’s administration is going after Europe’s privacy rules

US officials are ramping up criticism of flagship GDPR law, which they say protects cybercriminals.

At the heart of the issue for many U.S. critics of the GDPR is the WHOIS database, an online directory created in the 1970s, which became an important tool for global law enforcement agencies fighting cybercrime.

Source: Why Trump’s administration is going after Europe’s privacy rules – POLITICO

How concerned are Europeans about their personal data online?

The Fundamental Rights Survey asked people about their views on sharing personal data as well as their awareness of EU data protection rules, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

As governments discuss using technology to stop the spread of COVID-19, many Europeans are unwilling to share data about themselves with public and private bodies.

Read more: How concerned are Europeans about their personal data online? | European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

EU to pay 300 million EUR for face and fingerprint recognition

The European Union has awarded a major contract for a new fingerprint and face recognition system. A consortium consisting of the two French companies IDEMIA and Sopra Steria is to set up and subsequently manage a Shared Biometric Matching System (sBMS).

For this purpose, fingerprints and facial images from five databases will be stored in a single file. Completion is planned in two years, but in an earlier large-scale IT project of the EU, one of the partners was seven years behind schedule.

Source: Project Interoperability: EU to pay 300 million EUR for face and fingerprint recognition – Matthias Monroy

EU fires warning shot to UK over post-Brexit US data-sharing

Safeguards outlined in a preliminary data-sharing agreement struck between the UK and US last year may not be sufficient, the EU’s data protection watchdog has declared.

The UK entered into an agreement with the US in October 2019 to reduce the barriers to data-sharing to better equip law enforcement agencies to fight crime. However, terms of this agreement may undermine the UK’s hopes of achieving a data adequacy decision with the EU once the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December.

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB), which oversees the application of GDPR consistently across EU member states, has cast doubt over whether safeguards outlined in the agreement are compatible with existing data protection laws.  Without an adequacy decision, free data flows between the EU and the UK would be disrupted, with data unable to flow from European countries to the UK.

Source: EU fires warning shot to UK over post-Brexit US data-sharing | IT PRO

GDPR Enforcement Loosens Amid Pandemic

The European Union has given some organizations more breathing room to remedy violations, yet no one should think regulators are planning to abandon the privacy legislation in the face of COVID-19.

While many expected GDPR to lead to “mega-fines” to punish organizations for data breaches and other failures to protect European consumer data after it first went into effect in 2018, punitive action thus far has depended on which country regulators are based.

Full article: GDPR Enforcement Loosens Amid Pandemic

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