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Apple Defends Delay of Privacy Feature, Slams Facebook

Apple Inc. on Thursday slammed Facebook Inc. and other internet giants for their ad-targeting practices in response to a letter questioning a decision by the iPhone maker to delay a new privacy feature.

Apple’s letter defended the company’s decision to delay an iPhone feature that requires users to give explicit permission before letting apps track them for advertising purposes. The enhancement was added as part of the company’s iOS 14 operating system in September, but a requirement that all apps use it was delayed until early 2021 after several developers, including Facebook, said the change would hurt their businesses.

Source: Apple Defends Delay of Privacy Feature, Slams Facebook – Bloomberg

WhatsApp Ireland sets aside €77.5m for possible data compliance fines

The Irish arm of messaging platform WhatsApp recorded an €11.2 million loss last year after setting aside €77.5 million to cover possible fees linked to an investigation undertaken by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner.

The Data Protection Commission investigation into WhatsApp examined its compliance with Articles 12 to 14 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in relation to transparency around what information is shared with Facebook.

Source: WhatsApp Ireland sets aside €77.5m for possible data compliance fines

Folksam data breach leaks info of 1M Swedes to Google, Facebook, more

Folksam, one of the largest insurance companies in Sweden, today disclosed a data breach affecting around 1 million Swedes after sharing customers’ personal info with multiple technology giants.

The insurer discovered the data breach after an internal audit according and reported the incident to the Swedish Data Protection Authority.

The personal data shared by Folksam includes various types of info such as social security numbers or that an individual purchased union or pregnancy insurance.

Source: Folksam data breach leaks info of 1M Swedes to Google, Facebook, more

Data Protection Commission hit with massive legal bill after Facebook privacy case

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems said: “The Irish taxpayer now has to pick up parts of the bill.”

The Data Protection Commission must pay the legal costs of Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems regarding a landmark EU ruling concerning Facebook, with the final bill likely to total in excess of €2m.

Such a bill would amount to in excess of 10% of the DPC’s entire annual budget.

Source: Data Protection Commission hit with massive legal bill after Facebook privacy case

Canadian class-action suit against Facebook alleges misuse of personal information

Two Facebook users are seeking damages on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Canadians whose personal data may have been improperly used for political purposes.

The proposed class-action lawsuit filed by Calgary residents Saul Benary and Karma Holoboff asks the Federal Court to order the social-media giant to bolster its security practices to better protect sensitive information and comply with federal privacy law.

It also seeks $1,000 for each of the approximately 622,000 Canadians whose information was shared with others through a digital app.

Source: Canadian class-action suit against Facebook alleges misuse of personal information | CTV News

Game Trains Police To Get Facebook Data Fast

Many investigators don’t know how to request help from the likes of Facebook, Apple and Google at speed when an emergency hits. Europol thinks its new game will help.

The game, hopes to make sure police know the answers to those when an emergency happens. It looks much like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire but crossed with a create your own adventure game and without the options of phoning a friend or asking the audience.

Full article: ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ But For Terror Attacks: Game Trains Police To Get Facebook Data Fast

EU parliament backs tighter rules on behavioural ads

The EU parliament has backed a call for tighter regulations on behavioral ads (aka microtargeting) in favor of less intrusive, contextual forms of advertising — urging Commission lawmakers to also assess further regulatory options, including looking at a phase-out leading to a full ban.

MEPs also want Internet users to be able to opt out of algorithmic content curation altogether. The legislative initiative, introduced by the Legal Affairs committee, sets the parliament on a collision course with the business model of tech giants Facebook and Google.

Source: EU parliament backs tighter rules on behavioural ads | TechCrunch

French Court Says an Employer Can Use a Facebook Post to Dismiss an Employee

On September 30, 2020, the French Court of Cassation ruled in favor of an employer that dismissed an employee because of the contents of a Facebook post.

The employee in this case posted a photograph of a new clothing collection of the employer on a personal Facebook account. Posting the photograph was in breach of the employee’s confidentiality obligations under the employment contract. The employer subsequently dismissed the employee for gross misconduct.

Source: French Court of Cassation Decides That an Employer Can Use a Facebook Post to Dismiss an Employee

Irish data watchdog investigates Instagram’s use of children’s data

Irish Data Protection Commission (“DPC”) has opened an inquiry into processing of children’s data by Instagram. Instagram platform is owned by Facebook Ireland Limited.

First inquiry will assess Facebook’s reliance on certain legal bases for its processing of children’s personal data on the Instagram platform.

Second inquiry will focus on Instagram profile and account settings and the appropriateness of these settings for children. Amongst other matters, this Inquiry will explore Facebook’s adherence with the requirements in the GDPR in respect to Data Protection by Design and Default and specifically in relation to Facebook’s responsibility to protect the data protection rights of children as vulnerable persons.

Source: Data Protection Commission’s two statutory Inquiries into Facebook’s processing of children’s data on Instagram (opened in Sept 2020) | 19/10/2020 | Data Protection Commission

Schrems gets a judicial review of the Irish DPC’s procedure

European privacy campaigner Max Schrems has been granted a judicial review of the Irish regulator’s handling of his complaint.

He’s expecting the hearing to take place before the end of the year — and is hoping the action will, at long last, lead to a suspension of Facebook’s EU-US data transfers.

Schrems says his aim is to “kick start a ‘paused’ complaints procedure’” after Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) chose to open a new case procedure last month — simultaneously pausing its handling of his original complaint, which dates back some seven years at this point.

Source: Facebook EU-US data transfer complaint: Schrems gets a judicial review of the Irish DPC’s procedure | TechCrunch

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