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Facebook has paused election reminders in Europe after data watchdog raises transparency concerns

Big tech’s lead privacy regulator in Europe has intervened to flag transparency concerns about a Facebook election reminder feature — asking the tech giant to provide it with information about what data it collects from users who interact with the notification and how their personal data is used, including whether it’s used for targeting them with ads.

Facebook’s Election Day Reminder (EDR) feature is a notification the platform can display to users on the day of an election — ostensibly to encourage voter participation. However, as ever with the data-driven ad business, there’s a whole wrapper of associated questions about what information Facebook’s platform might be harvesting when it chooses to deploy the nudge — and how the (ad) business is making use of the data.

Source: Facebook has paused election reminders in Europe after data watchdog raises transparency concerns | TechCrunch

Big tech ‘procedural queries’ delay decision on first data fines

A decision by the Ireland’s data protection watchdog – Data Protection Commissioner – on whether to issue the first fines against big tech companies has been delayed by “procedural queries” raised by the firms. These include issues around company information it will share with other EU regulators.

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon said the regulator’s decision-making on whether to fine big tech firms over potential data breaches has been delayed by “a lot of procedural queries” around information sharing with other EU regulators as part of the Irish regulator’s EU-wide inquiries.

Source: Big tech ‘procedural queries’ delay decision on first data fines – watchdog

Lack of big tech GDPR decisions looms large in EU watchdog’s annual report

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner – the lead European Union privacy regulator for most of big tech – has put out its annual report which shows another major bump in complaints filed under the bloc’s updated data protection framework, underlining the ongoing appetite EU citizens have for applying their rights.

But what the report doesn’t show is any firm enforcement of EU data protection rules vis-a-vis big tech. The report leans heavily on stats to illustrate the volume of work piling up on desks in Dublin. But it’s light on decisions on highly anticipated cross-border cases involving tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Read more: Lack of big tech GDPR decisions looms large in EU watchdog’s annual report | TechCrunch

Facebook postpones launch of dating app

Facebook has been forced into an embarrassing postponement of its new dating service all across Europe 36 hours before Valentine’s Day after Ireland’s Data Protection Commission stepped in.

The regulatory body, which oversees Facebook’s operation across the EU, sent agents to the social media giant’s offices in Dublin because Facebook had not informed the regulatory body of the launch.

Source: Hours from Valentine’s Day, Helen Dixon says no to Facebook’s European dating service rollout – Independent.ie

Human Error Not Cybersecurity is Leading GDPR Data Breach Trend

Human error is the main data breach trend under the new GDPR regime not cybersecurity incidents according the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC).

The DPC has detailed the data breach trends it has observed during the first year of GDPR and unauthorised disclosure tops the list accounting for 83 percent of all reported breaches.

During the first year of GDPR, beginning on the 25 of May 2018, the Irish Data Protection Commission received 5,818 data breach notifications. The DPC notes that approximately 4 percent of all reported breaches were deemed to have not meet the definition of a ‘personal data breach’ when GDPR is applied.

Source: Human Error Not Cybersecurity is Leading GDPR Data Breach Trend

Tinder’s handling of user data is now under GDPR probe in Europe

Dating app Tinder is the latest tech service to find itself under formal investigation in Europe over how it handles user data.

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has today announced a formal probe of how Tinder processes users’ personal data; the transparency surrounding its ongoing processing; and compliance with obligations with regard to data subject right’s requests.

Source: Tinder’s handling of user data is now under GDPR probe in Europe – TechCrunch

Irish DPA investigates Google’s processing of location data

The Data Protection Commission (DPC) – Irelands data protection authority -, in its role as Lead Supervisory Authority for Google, started a formal investigation into Google’s practices to track the location of users and the transparency surrounding that processing.

The investigation follows a series of complaints by several national consumer groups across the EU. Consumer organisations argue that the consent to “share” users’ location data was not freely given and consumers were tricked into accepting privacy-intrusive settings. Such practices are not compliant with the EU’s data protection law GDPR.

DPC will establish whether Google has a valid legal basis for processing the location data of its users and whether it meets its obligations as a data controller with regard to transparency.

Source: Data Protection Commission launches Statutory Inquiry into Google’s processing of location data and transparency surrounding that processing | 04/02/2020 | Data Protection Commission

Europe’s First Big Privacy Crackdown on Big Tech Is Coming Next Year

The Irish Data Protection Commission was due to give its draft decision on a WhatsApp privacy case in December, but it’s now pushed back into early January.

The draft decision was expected to say how big a fine WhatsApp owner Facebook was liable to pay—under the law, potential fines run as high as 4% of global annual revenues. However, a procedural complaint by WhatsApp’s lawyers has now shoved that decision into next year.

Source: GDPR: Europe’s First Big Privacy Crackdown on Big Tech Is Being Delayed By WhatsApp’s Procedural Concerns | Fortune

Data Protection Commissioner investigating micro-targeting on social media

The Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon has said her office is conducting a number of investigations into the micro-targeting of individuals on large social media platforms as it raised issues of compliance with new General Data Protection Regulation rules.

Current investigations are open into the use of platforms, data brokers, and ad exchanges. Micro-targeting individuals with specific content has the potential of amplifying the harmful effects of disinformation. Commissioner hopes to conclude all investigations by next year.

Source: Data Protection Commissioner investigating micro-targeting on social media

Data Protection Commission engaging with Revolut as a “matter of urgency”

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has said that it will be engaging with financial technology company Revolut as “a matter of urgency” over their new privacy policy and cookies policy changes Revolut announced this week.

Revolut’s new privacy policy means that users will have their data shared with social media and analytics companies for marketing purposes and also with credit bureaus, unless they actively opt-out.

Source: Data Protection Commission engaging with Revolut as a “matter of urgency” over privacy changes | JOE is the voice of Irish people at home and abroad

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