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Recommendations on processing data in the cloud

A recent report published by Ireland’s data protection watchdog provides a helpful reminder to businesses to take additional steps to secure personal information when processing it in the cloud, avoid the common pitfalls associated with technology-related data breaches and take advantage of cloud solutions securely.

According to the report, the majority of the technology-related breaches resulted from a data controller’s use of cloud-based environments hosted by third party cloud service providers.

Full article: Recommendations on processing data in the cloud

Irish Government Department Investigated in Possible GDPR Breach

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) is being investigated for possible General Data Protection Regulation breaches in relation to the body’s data protection officer being prevented from successfully completing their work.

Digital Rights Ireland submitted the complaint following revelations that the secretary general of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection directed that amendments be made to to the department’s online privacy policy to delete a reference to its collection of people’s biometric data, not involving data protection officer in such decision.

Source: Irish Government Department Investigated in Possible GDPR Breach – Compliance Junction

LinkedIn violated data protection by using 18M email addresses of non-members to buy targeted ads on Facebook

LinkedIn has been called out a number of times for how it is able to suggest uncanny connections to you, when it’s not even clear how or why LinkedIn would know enough to make those suggestions in the first place.

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner had conducted — and concluded — an investigation of Microsoft-owned LinkedIn, originally prompted by a complaint from a user in 2017, over LinkedIn’s practices regarding people who were not members of the social network.

Full article: LinkedIn violated data protection by using 18M email addresses of non-members to buy targeted ads on Facebook | TechCrunch

Irish watchdog clarifies record keeping and DPIAs interaction under GDPR

Ireland’s data protection authority has clarified how record keeping obligations under the General Data Protection Authority (GDPR) interact with the duties of businesses to carry out data protection impact assessments (DPIAs).

Full article: GDPR: Irish watchdog clarifies record keeping and DPIAs interaction

Facebook Facing GDPR Investigation over Audience Targeting Methods

Facebook is facing the wrath of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) once again following a complaint made by the UK Information Commissioner Office (ICO) to the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) in relations to the social media giant’s user targeting tactics.

Facebook has come in for heavy criticism in recent weeks after a number of news reporters portrayed how easy it was to post fake advertisements that appear to be sponsored/funded by real politicians. Other reports included targeting individuals with extremely conservative views and opinions.

Full article: Facebook Facing GDPR Investigation over Audience Targeting Methods – Compliance Junction

Facebook’s court appeal over data transfer case set for January

Facebook’s unprecedented Supreme Court appeal aimed at halting a referral to the European Court of Justice (CJEU) concerning the validity of EU-US data transfer channels will be heard in January.

The court previously set a provisional hearing date of December 19th but, following a case management hearing on Thursday, has now fixed the case for January 21st.

Source: Facebook’s court appeal over data transfer case set for January

Regulator in Ireland asks for more knowledge on Google+ data breach

The Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC) is to ask Google for more details regarding a bug which led to the revealing of 500,000 Google+ users this week, a CNBC report reveals. The ubiquitous search engine giant took to social media on Monday to disclose the issue to the world, admitting that the glitch meant tech developers could access Google+ users’ personal details.

Source: Regulator in Ireland asks for more knowledge on Google+ data breach

Irish privacy watchdog to investigate Facebook data breach

Ireland’s data protection authority is expected to launch a formal investigation into the Facebook data breach affecting 90 million people worldwide, the first major test of Europe’s new data protection rules, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

The inquiry marks the latest setback for the social networking giant, which has been plagued by scandal over the last two years ranging from the use of its platform by Russian-backed actors during the U.S. presidential election in 2016 to the Cambridge Analytica data breach.

While Facebook is unlikely to maximum sanctions — that is 4% of a company’s global revenues, the company could face a fine of up to €1.4 billion — potentially the largest ever privacy fine worldwide — if it is found to have broken Europe’s data protection rules.

Source: Irish privacy watchdog to investigate Facebook data breach – POLITICO

Pro-privacy company Brave files GDPR complaint against Google

Brave filed a complaint with UK and Irish regulators over potential GDPR violations. The company, which develops the privacy-focused Brave browser, alleges that Google and others are auctioning user data and that the information not only contains sensitive details such as sexuality, ethnicity, and political opinions, but also that it is not secured correctly.

Source: Pro-privacy company Brave files GDPR complaint against Google – TechSpot

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