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ICO issues draft code of practice on designing online services for children

Earlier this month, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office published a draft code of practice (“Code”) on designing online services for children. The Code is now open for public consultation until May 31, 2019.

The Code sets out 16 standards of “age appropriate design” with which online service providers should comply when designing online services (such as apps, connected toys, social media platforms, online games, educational websites and streaming services) that children under the age of 18 are likely to access.

Source: ICO issues draft code of practice on designing online services for children

European Commission Weighs in on the Side of Privacy in WHOIS

The European Commission (EC) has finally weighed in on the recommendations of ICANN’s Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP).

The EPDP is reforming WHOIS to make it consistent with GDPR and privacy rights. The EC comments are aligned with the positions of privacy advocates.

Source: European Commission Weighs in on the Side of Privacy in WHOIS

EDPB Publishes Guidelines on the Contractual Legal Basis for Data Processing of Online Services

On April 12, 2019, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) published draft guidelines 2/2019 on the processing of personal data in the context of the provision of online services to data subjects.

The Guidelines discuss how the “contract” legal basis applies in the context of online services or “information society services,” defined as “any service normally provided for remuneration, at a distance, by electronic means and at the individual request of a recipient of services.”

Source: EDPB Publishes Guidelines on the Contractual Legal Basis for Data Processing of Online Services

EDPB seeks comments on its Guidelines on the processing of personal data for online services 

The European Data Protection Board welcomes comments on the Guidelines 2/2019 on on the processing of personal data under Article 6(1)(b) GDPR in the context of the provision of online services to data subjects. Such comments should be sent to EDPB by 24/05/2019 at the latest.

More infoemation: Guidelines 2/2019 on the processing of personal data under Article 6(1)(b) GDPR in the context of the provision of online services to data subjects | European Data Protection Board

HTTPS Isn’t Always as Secure as It Seems

A surprising number of high-traffic sites have TLS vulnerabilities that are subtle enough for the green padlock to still appear.

Transport Layer Security, or TLS, encrypts data between your browser and the web servers it communicates with to protect your travel plans, passwords, and Google searches from prying eyes. But new findings from researchers at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in Italy and Tu Wien in Austria indicate that a surprising number of encrypted sites still leave these connections exposed.

Source: HTTPS Isn’t Always as Secure as It Seems | WIRED

ICO responds to Facebook call on governments to tighten internet regulation

The Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham has spoken out following Mark Zuckerberg’s demands for governments to do more to control what gets broadcast over the internet.

Last week, the Facebook chief had an op-ed published in the Washington Post, in which he described how regulation needed to be standardised in areas including privacy, election integrity, and data protection systems.

Source: ICO responds to Facebook call on governments to tighten internet regulation

EU citizens being tracked on sensitive government sites

EU governments are allowing more than 100 advertising companies, including Google and Facebook, to surreptitiously track citizens across sensitive public sector websites, in apparent violation of their own EU data protection rules, a study has found.

Danish browser-analysis company Cookiebot found ad trackers — which log users’ locations, devices and browsing behaviours for advertisers — on the official government websites of 25 EU member states. The French government had the highest number of ad trackers on its site, with 52 different companies tracking users’ behaviour.

Source: EU citizens being tracked on sensitive government sites | Financial Times

Chrome will soon make it harder for websites to spy on you

A new feature coming to Chrome in the near future will allow users to limit the kind of data certain websites collect about them by blocking access to motion and light sensors on their device.

The feature will alert you if you visit a website that wants to access your sensors. A pop-up window will appear saying “This page is using motion or light sensors” and offers you the choice of allowing access to the sensors or blocking access on a page-per-page basis.

Source: Chrome will soon make it harder for websites to spy on you | TechRadar

How to apply the GDPR data minimization principle to online sales

Online services and online sales are some of the areas that have potentially the most to gain and the most to lose as a result of privacy concerns. It all very much depends on the core privacy principles being correctly implemented or not.

Applying data minimization in the correct way means that the process as such is much easier and user-friendly. Less data to be provided results in an online transaction to be quicker and more efficient, which is of primary importance for consumers and online retailers.

Full article: How to apply the GDPR data minimization principle to online sales

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