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GDPR Has Made Google Even More Dominant In Europe

Over the last few years, the EU has been screaming about the awfulness of evil large tech companies in the name of Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple (sometimes called “GAFA”). However, EU law will mostly serve to lock in those companies as the dominant providers. That’s because they’re big enough to manage the regulatory burden, whereas startups and smaller competitors will not be able to and will suffer.

Full article: Just As Expected: GDPR Has Made Google Even More Dominant In Europe | Above the Law

Do you know your data breach response?

Insurance is something you buy but hope you never need. In the event of an incident, you want to have a smooth process in place so that you can get back up and running as quickly as possible. So, alongside your compliance procedures, it’s also important to put a process in place for any potential breach and keep it up to date over time. Even organisations with the best security and privacy preparations in place will face incidents, due to the sheer volume of new security flaws being discovered.

Full article: Do you know your data breach response?

Apple gives U.S. users tool to see what data it has collected

Apple on Wednesday rolled out an online tool to users in the United States and several other countries to download, change or delete all the data that the iPhone maker has collected on them. It also gives users a simpler way to make changes to the data, suspend their Apple account or even permanently delete it. Previously such tool was available to users in the European Union and was built in response to the region’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR.

Source: Apple gives U.S. users tool to see what data it has collected | Reuters

CNIL publishes initial analysis on Blockchain and GDPR

Many questions surround the Blockchain’s compatibility with EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The French Data Protection Supervisory Authority (the CNIL) has recently published its initial thoughts on this topic, providing some responses and practical recommendations on how the usage of a blockchain may be compatible with GDPR and more generally Data Protection Law, taking into account the “constraints” imposed by such technology.

Full article: FRANCE: CNIL publishes initial analysis on Blockchain and GDPR

MEPs demand a full Facebook audit by EU bodies

EU bodies should be allowed to fully audit Facebook to assess data protection and security of users’ personal data, said Civil Liberties MEPs on Wednesday.

MEPs take note of the privacy improvements undertaken by Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but recall that the company has yet not carried out the promised full internal audit. They recommend that the company makes “substantial modifications to its platform” to comply with EU data protection law.

Source: Facebook: MEPs demand a full audit by EU bodies to assess data protection | News | European Parliament

FTC’s Privacy Shield Enforcement Actions Show Broader Enforcement Lens

On September 27, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced proposed settlement agreements with four companies it alleges violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by misrepresenting their certification status and compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. This latest set of enforcement actions brings the FTC’s Privacy Shield related enforcement to settlements with eight defendants since the framework was adopted in July 2016.

Source: FTC’s Privacy Shield Enforcement Actions Show Broader Enforcement Lens

What is the future of ePrivacy regulation?

ePrivacy’s advancement has been slower than initially promised by policymakers. Member state delegations had raised questions involving the scope of ePrivacy and its position vis-à-vis the GDPR, the fundamental rights of confidentiality with respect to data protection, GPS location data, and developments in artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and automated driving.

Full article: Can Austria align ‘diverging views’ with proposed ePrivacy amendments?

Why blockchain can solve the EU’s two-factor authentication dilemma

If you’ve become used to going contactless when out shopping, then you might receive a shock next year. New EU anti-fraud regulation comes into force in September 2019 and will require two-factor payment authentication for physical and online payments, potentially leading to abandoned shopping baskets.

Full article: Why blockchain can solve the EU’s two-factor authentication dilemma

EU lawmakers push for privacy and cybersecurity audit of Facebook

EU lawmakers appear set later this month to demand audits of Facebook by Europe’s cyber security agency and data protection authority in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. A draft resolution submitted Thursday to the EU Parliament’s civil liberties and justice committee urged Facebook to accept “a full and independent audit of its platform investigating data protection and security of personal data.”

Source: EU lawmakers push for cybersecurity, data audit of Facebook | Charlotte Observer

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