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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

Twitter Data-Breach Case Won’t Be Resolved Before Year’s End

European privacy regulators are unlikely to issue a final ruling on Twitter’s handling of a 2019 data breach before the end of the year, Ireland’s data commissioner said.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation, the European Union’s 2018 data privacy law, Twitter faces a fine of up to 2% of its global revenue last year, or roughly $69 million, for failing to disclose the breach within 72 hours.

Helen Dixon, head of Ireland’s Data Protection Commission, in May submitted a draft decision to more than two dozen of the bloc’s privacy regulators for review, as required under the law. Eleven regulators objected to the proposed ruling, sparking a lengthy dispute-resolution mechanism, she said. The contents of the draft decision haven’t been disclosed.

Source: Twitter Data-Breach Case Won’t Be Resolved Before Year’s End, Ireland’s Regulator Says – WSJ

TikTok unclear on how old EU data will be transferred to new Irish data centre

TikTok has admitted that it will not retroactively transfer all EU personal data to its new data site in Ireland when the facility is completed next year, in a decision that could provoke concern among data protection activists in Europe.

The company currently stores EU personal data at sites in the United States and Singapore, but has plans to construct a €420 million site in Ireland in 2021, as a means to allay some of the worries related to the transmission of personal data from the EU, to countries with less stringent data protection regimes.

Source: TikTok unclear on how old EU data will be transferred to new Irish data centre – EURACTIV.com

Ireland’s data watchdog slammed for letting adtech carry on ‘biggest breach of all time’

A dossier of evidence detailing how the online ad targeting industry profiles Internet users’ intimate characteristics without their knowledge or consent has been published today by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), piling more pressure on the country’s data watchdog to take enforcement action over what complainants contend is the “biggest data breach of all time”.

The publication follows a now two-year-old complaint lodged with Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) claiming unlawful exploitation of personal data via the programmatic advertising Real-Time Bidding (RTB) process — including dominant RTB systems devised by Google and the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB).

Full article: Ireland’s data watchdog slammed for letting adtech carry on ‘biggest breach of all time’ | TechCrunch

Facebook appealing order by Ireland’s privacy regulator that could halt EU-US data transfers

Facebook is appealing a preliminary order from the Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC) that the social media company says would require it to stop data transfers between the US and the European Union.

The IDPC sent a preliminary order to Facebook last month directing the company to suspend data transfers to the US about EU users. The order is the first attempt by an EU regulator to enforce a ruling by the EU’s Court of Justice, which invalidated Privacy Shield, a data-sharing protocol that allowed American companies to transfer personal information about EU citizens to the US for processing.

Source: Facebook appealing order by Ireland’s privacy regulator that could halt EU-US data transfers – The Verge

Facebook told it may have to suspend EU data transfers after Schrems II ruling

Ireland’s data protection watchdog, the DPC, has sent Facebook a preliminary order to suspend data transfers from the EU to the US.

The preliminary suspension order follows a landmark ruling by Europe’s top court this summer which both struck down a flagship data transfer arrangement between the EU and the US and cast doubt on the legality of an alternative transfer mechanism (aka SCCs) — certainly in cases where data is flowing to a non-EU entity that falls under US surveillance law.

Source: Facebook told it may have to suspend EU data transfers after Schrems II ruling | TechCrunch

EU regulators wrangle over Twitter data privacy penalty

European Union privacy regulators are wrangling over the penalty Ireland’s data privacy watchdog was set to issue Twitter for a data breach, pushing back the case’s long awaited conclusion under the bloc’s tough new data privacy rules.

The Irish Data Privacy Commission was expected to issue its decision in the Twitter case, which would be its first involving a US technology company since the new privacy law, known as GDPR, took effect in 2018, allowing for hefty fines.

But it said on Aug 20 that its counterparts in other countries – so-called concerned supervisory authorities – challenged a draft decision it circulated in May.

Source: EU regulators wrangle over Twitter data privacy penalty | The Star

Data Commissioner assessing TikTok plans to establish data centre in Ireland

The popular short-video app plans to open its first European data centre in Ireland by 2022, following moves by other big tech companies in recent years.

TikTok must be assessed to see if the company meets the criteria needed to avail of the same One Stop Shop (OSS) data processing mechanism currently given to other tech giants such as Facebook.

Source: Data Commissioner assessing TikTok plans to establish data centre in Ireland

Twitter notifies Irish DPC about hack

Social media company Twitter has officially informed Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) of a cyberattack involving high-profile accounts.

The DPC is reviewing the notification and has yet to decide if to launch an investigation into the incident, according to media reports.

Source: Twitter notifies Irish DPC about hack

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