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Irish regulator reaches preliminary decision in Twitter privacy probe

Twitter may be the first big technology firm to face a fine by the EU’s lead regulator under the region’s tougher data protection rules after it submitted a preliminary decision in a probe into the social media firm to other member states.

The Twitter ruling relates to a 2019 probe into a bug in its Android app, where some users’ protected tweets were made public. Twitter is the subject of two of the 20 other inquiries the DPC had open into big tech firms at the end of 2019.

The DPC is not commenting on the substance of the preliminary Twitter decision at this point, Deputy Commissioner Graham Doyle told Reuters.

Source: Irish regulator reaches preliminary decision in Twitter privacy probe – EURACTIV.com

EU privacy regulators investigate Apple’s handling of Siri snippets again

Apple is facing fresh questions from its lead data protection regulator in Europe following a public complaint by a former contractor who revealed last year that workers doing quality grading for Siri were routinely overhearing sensitive user data.

Responding to the latest Apple complaint from le Bonniec, the DPC’s deputy commissioner, Graham Doyle, told TechCrunch: “The DPC engaged with Apple on this issue when it first arose last summer and Apple has since made some changes. However, we have followed up again with Apple following the release of this public statement and await responses.”

Source: Apple’s handling of Siri snippets back in the frame after letter of complaint to EU privacy regulators | TechCrunch

HSE will no longer tell employers workers’ test results

The Health Service Executive has said it is to suspend the practice of informing employers of Covid-19 test results and is to seek guidance from the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC).

In some cases, the results were sent to employers who informed workers before the HSE. The DPC has said this is not legitimate.

In view of the concerns raised by some employees in relation to this issue, the HSE will reconsider the use of exceptions and has suspended the practice while it seeks guidance from the Data Protection Commissioner.

Source: HSE will no longer tell employers workers’ test results

GDPR enforcement held back by lack of resources

Enforcement of EU data privacy rules is being stifled by a lack of resources across national authorities, according to a new study published on 25 May, on the second anniversary of the EU’s landmark general data protection regulation (GDPR).

The report, published by the advocacy group Access Now, finds that due to a significant disparity in the funding of national data protection authorities, larger firms could try and use their economic wherewithal to potentially circumvent privacy provisions laid out in the GDPR.

Source: GDPR enforcement held back by lack of resources, report says – EURACTIV.com

Schrems calls on EU authorities to get Irish watchdog to speed up

Privacy activist Max Schrems has called on the European authorities to push the Irish regulator to speed up its handling of cases he has brought against Facebook on the second anniversary of the introduction of rules designed to help protect the data of consumers.

Max Schrems is not happy with the progress made since the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regime across Europe in 2018.

“After two years, we feel that the time has come to shine light on the shortcomings of the GDPR’s current enforcement in Ireland and bring the debate into the public,” the letter said.

Source: Schrems calls on EU authorities to get DPC to speed up

Twitter and WhatsApp could face EU data privacy sanctions

Twitter and Facebook’s WhatsApp are in the firing line as Europe’s leading privacy watchdog for US tech giants edges closer to delivering its first major sanctions under the region’s tough data-protection rules.

The Irish Data Protection Commission said on May 22 that it finalised a draft decision linked to a data breach at Twitter and has asked its peers across the European Union for their sign-off.

The regulator said it has also completed a draft decision in a probe of WhatsApp’s transparency around data sharing. The Facebook service will be asked to give its comments on any proposed sanctions before EU counterparts can weigh in.

Source: Twitter and WhatsApp could face EU data privacy sanctions – The National

First GDPR fine issued in Ireland

Eilis McDonald & John Magee Tusla, Ireland’s child and family agency, has become the first organisation fined under the GDPR in Ireland. The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) filed papers in the Circuit Court on Friday to confirm the €75,000 fine against the Agency.

Tusla collects and processes highly sensitive, often special category data concerning children, vulnerable women and families across Ireland. The DPC reported three separate statutory inquiries into Tusla in respect of a number of breaches which had been reported to it since May 2018. The breaches included various instances of inappropriate system access, accidental and inappropriate disclosure of personal data by email and unauthorised disclosure of data.

Source: IRELAND: First GDPR fine issued in Ireland

Irish data protection commissioner liaises with European colleagues over Zoom concerns

The Data Protection Commission (DPC), the Irish data supervisory authority headed up by Helen Dixon, has asked other data protection authorities for information regarding Zoom, the US-based video conferencing system.

A move by the DPC to speak with partners across Europe about Zoom follows reports globally of data breaches, where third parties were accessing or hacking into conference calls.

Source: Irish data protection commissioner liaises with European colleagues over Zoom concerns – Independent.ie

Irish DPC Publishes New Cookie Guidance

On April 6, 2020, the Irish Data Protection Commission (the “DPC”) published a report summarizing the DPC’s findings following a cookie sweep of select websites across a range of sectors, as well as a new guidance note on the use of cookies and other tracking technologies.

The DPC made it clear that they expect organizations (acting as data controllers) to comply with the current cookie law rules. Organizations have a six-month window to get in compliance with the DPC’s new cookie guidance; after that period, the DPC may take action to enforce the guidance.

Source: Irish DPC Publishes New Cookie Guidance

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

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