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EU privacy ruling against Facebook to come by end 2019

European privacy investigators expect to complete a lengthy probe into whether Facebook violated the bloc’s tough data protection rules by the end of the year, according to the Irish official who is leading the inquiries.

Decision expected to focus on how WhatsApp shared users’ data with the social networking giant.

Source: EU privacy ruling against Facebook to come by end 2019 – POLITICO

Irish privacy watchdog may launch another Google investigation

Google may have to face further investigations by the Irish Data Protection Commission after reports of contractors being able to hear users’ audio footage submitted to the tech firm’s digital assistant.

The prospective measures follow a data breach notification sent to the Irish data watchdog last week. The news of the Irish DPC’s prospective investigation comes two months after Google revealed upgraded privacy and data protection features at the firm’s annual developer conference.

Source: Irish privacy watchdog may launch another Google investigation

EU regulator launches third Apple investigation

The principle regulator for Apple in Europe, the Irish Data Protection Commission, has begun a third investigation into data privacy standards at the tech giant.

Speaking this week, a spokesperson for the Irish DPC confirmed that Apple’s compliancy with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go under examination for the third time in the last month.

Source: EU regulator launches third Apple investigation

Irish DPA issues guidance on the Use of CCTV

Irelands data protection authority – Data Protection Commission – has issued a guidance on use of CCTVs and video surveillance.

This guidance is intended to assist owners and occupiers of premises, in particular those that are workplaces or are otherwise accessible to the public, to understand their responsibilities and obligations regarding data protection when using CCTV.

Access guidance: Guidance on the Use of CCTV – For Data Controllers • DPO.guide

Supreme Court dismisses Facebook appeal over transfer of user personal data to the US

Ireland’s Supreme Court has dismissed Facebook’s appeal over a High Court decision to refer key issues concerning the validity of European Commission decisions approving EU-US data transfer channels to the Court of Justice of the EU.

The referral was made by the High Court in proceedings by the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) arising from complaints by Austrian lawyer Max Schrems the transfer of his personal data by Facebook to the US breached his data privacy rights as an EU citizen.

Source: Supreme Court dismisses Facebook appeal over transfer of user personal data to the US – Independent.ie

How Ireland became Europe’s data watchdog

Most of the major US tech companies, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Apple, LinkedIn, Airbnb and Dropbox, are registered for processing personal data in Ireland.

So the responsibility for policing their compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) falls on the country’s Data Protection Commission (DPC).

Full article: How Ireland became Europe’s data watchdog – BBC News

Ireland Is Being Shamed For Not Regulating Big Tech

Europe’s tough data-privacy rules risk being undermined by the inaction of a single regulator.

Even though Irish Data Protection Commission oversees the biggest, most data-hungry tech companies in the world, the Irish regulator has been rather quiet. After receiving almost 3,000 complaints, it has issued no fines since GDPR came into force, despite opening more than a dozen inquiries into firms like Facebook and Twitter.

Full article: Ireland Is Being Tech-Shamed, For Good Reason – Bloomberg

Irish data watchdog examining WhatsApp security flaw

Ireland’s data protection watchdog – the Irish Data Protection Commission- said it was “actively engaging” with WhatsApp’s Irish division to determine if EU user data had been impacted.

But because WhatsApp is still investigating whether any EU data was affected as a result of the flaw, the company has not notified the watchdog of the breach under the bloc’s stringent GDPR regulations. The commission therefore has not yet launched a formal investigation into the vulnerability.

Source: Irish data watchdog examining WhatsApp security flaw

Irish DPA Examines Right to Rectification

In light of increased awareness of the rights granted to individuals under the new data protection legislation, Ireland’s data protection authority (DPA) – Data Protection Commission – has published a note to clarify aspects of the right to rectification of personal data.

In particular, it examines the case of recording of names of individuals that contain diacritical marks (for example, fadas in the Irish language).

Read note: Examination of Right to Rectification complaints | 30/04/2019 | Data Protection Commission

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