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European tech regulator despairs over lack of enforcement

The world’s toughest privacy law proves toothless in the eyes of many critics.

More than 18 months after the European Union began implementing the world’s toughest privacy law, the bloc’s ability to rein in Big Tech is increasingly in doubt amid growing frustration over a lack of enforcement actions and weak cooperation on investigations.

side from a €50 million fine that France’s privacy regulator imposed on Google in January, there have been no fines or remedies levied at a U.S. giant since the GDPR came into effect. And the two nations most directly responsible for policing the tech sector — Ireland and Luxembourg, where the largest tech firms have their European headquarters — have yet to wrap up a single investigation of any magnitude concerning a U.S. firm.

Full article: ‘We have a huge problem’: European tech regulator despairs over lack of enforcement – POLITICO

U.S., EU Enforcers Target Big Tech, Children’s Privacy in 2020

European and U.S. regulators are likely to ramp up enforcement of privacy laws this year, especially children’s privacy, and wrap up probes of big technology companies.

The scrutiny creates a risk for tech companies, including Facebook and Google, that regulators will seek fines or force changes in how they process data as children flock to their platforms.

Source: U.S., EU Enforcers Target Big Tech, Children’s Privacy in 2020 (1)

EU Council’s Draft Position on the Application of the GDPR

On December 19, 2019, the members of the Permanent Representations of EU Member States to the Council of the European Union (“the Council”) published a draft position on the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

After the draft position has been formally adopted by the Council, it will be provided to the European Commission. This is part of the GDPR evaluation process under Article 97 of the GDPR, which requires the European Commission to publish a report on the evaluation and review of the GDPR by May 25, 2020.

Source: EU Council’s Draft Position on the Application of the GDPR

Advocate general thinks Standard Contractual Clauses are valid for data transfers out of EU

Henrik Saugmandsgaard Oe, advocate general to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), in his opinion issued yesterday said the use of so-called standard contractual clauses by Facebook and other firms to transfer information abroad is “valid.”

His non-binding opinion is not a ruling as such, but legal experts say opinions from the advocate general are typically followed by the court in a majority of cases. The CJEU will rule on the case in the coming months.

Source: Schrems vs. Facebook: Legal advisor to EU supreme court gives opinion

Advocate general will issue his view on EU data transfers tomorrow

Henrik Saugmandsgaard Øe, Advocate general at the Court of Justice of the European Union, tomorrow will issue his opinion in case brought by Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems.

At stake are standard contractual clauses used by Facebook and hundreds of thousands of companies, ranging from banks to industrial giants to carmakers, to transfer personal data to the United States and other parts of the world.

The opinion by advocate general  is non-binding. However, judges follow such recommendations in four out of five cases. The court will rule in the coming months.

Source: Facebook, privacy activist Schrems battle nears end on Dec. 19 – Reuters

Commission to present revamped ePrivacy proposal

The European Commission will present a revised ePrivacy proposal as part of the forthcoming Croatian Presidency of the EU, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton announced on 3 December, after previous talks failed to produce an agreement among member states.

The revamped measures will be made in a bid to find consensus between EU countries on the ePrivacy regulation which would see tech companies offering messaging and email services subjected to the same privacy rules as telecommunications providers.

Source: Commission to present revamped ePrivacy proposal – EURACTIV.com

Facebook warns EU regulators seeking data access about privacy, liability risks

Facebook warned European Union regulators on Monday against forcing tech giants to open their vast troves of data to rivals, saying such a move would carry privacy and liability risks.

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has voiced concerns that tech industry heavyweights might leverage their power to block rivals and that regulators could have to force them to provide key data to competitors to prevent that.

Source: Facebook warns EU regulators seeking data access about privacy, liability risks – Reuters

FISA reauthorization: What will Europe think?

US Congress is considering permanently reauthorizing four provisions, two of which are unused, of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that are set to expire Dec. 15.

Considering the ongoing scrutiny of U.S. government surveillance practices, lawmakers should carefully consider the permanent reauthorization of the unused provisions.

Full article: FISA reauthorization: What will Europe think?

Facebook Testing a Way to Let You Move Photos to Rival Sites

The company, accused by the E.U. of stifling competition, is trying a tool in Ireland that would allow users to move photos and videos to Google.

Facebook is trying to make it easier for users to move photos from the social network to rival online services, reacting to European privacy laws and criticism from regulators that its size and control over data hinder competition.

Facebook said it would begin testing a “data portability” tool in Ireland that would allow users there to move photos and videos from Facebook to Google Photos. Critics immediately said the initiative did not go far enough.

Source: Facebook Testing a Way to Let You Move Photos to Rival Sites – The New York Times

EU antitrust regulators are investigating Google’s data collection

Competition enforcers on both sides of the Atlantic are now looking into how dominant tech companies use and monetise data.

The Commission has sent out questionnaires as part of a preliminary investigation into Google’s practices relating to Google’s collection and use of data. EU’s focus is on data related to local search services, online advertising, online ad targeting services, login services, web browsers and others.

Source: Exclusive: EU antitrust regulators say they are investigating Google’s data collection – Reuters

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