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Italy tells TikTok to block users after death of young girl

The Italian data privacy watchdog ordered video app TikTok on Friday to block the accounts of any users in Italy whose age it could not verify following the death of a 10-year-old girl who had been using the Chinese-owned app.

In a statement, the regulator said that although TikTok had committed to ban registration for children aged under 13, it was nonetheless easy to circumvent this rule. As a result, it said TikTok had to block unverified user accounts until at least Feb. 15 awaiting further information.

Source: Italy tells TikTok to block users after death of young girl | Reuters

Confusion over WhatsApp’s new T&Cs triggers privacy warning from Italy

Confusion over an update to Facebook-owned chat platform WhatsApp’s terms and conditions has triggered an intervention by Italy’s data protection agency.

The Italian DPA said today it has contacted the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) to raise concerns about a lack of clear information over what’s changing under the incoming T&Cs.

In recent weeks WhatsApp has been alerting users they must accept new T&Cs in order to keep using the service after February 8.

Source: Confusion over WhatsApp’s new T&Cs triggers privacy warning from Italy | TechCrunch

Italian Privacy Watchdog Initiates Proceedings Against TikTok

The investigations the Italian DPA had started in March this year did highlight data processing activities that would appear to fall short of the new legal framework applying to personal data protection.

The violations notified by the Italian DPA to TikTok include, first and foremost, the signup mechanisms that do not protect children adequately. TikTok’s signup ban for children under 13 is actually easy to circumvent by entering a false birth date. Thus, TikTok does not prevent kids from registering nor does it check that Italian privacy legislation is complied with – indeed, in Italy registration of a child under 14 with a social network requires the consent to be authorized by parents or the holders of parental authority.

Source: Tik Tok, children’s privacy at risk: the Guarantor starts the procedure … – Privacy Guarantor

Vodafone fined over 12 million Euro by Italian DPA for aggressive telemarketing practices

The Italian data protection supervisory authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali) ordered Vodafone to pay a fine in excess of Euro 12,250,000 on account of having unlawfully processed the personal data of millions of users for telemarketing purposes.

As well as having to pay the fine, the company is required to implement several measures set out by the Garante in order to comply with national and EU data protection legislation.

Investigations revealed the use of fake telephone numbers or numbers that were not registered with the ROC (i.e. the National Consolidated Registry of Communication Operators) in order to place the marketing calls. This practice is under Vodafone’s own spotlight and is seemingly related to a shady set of unauthorised call centres that carry out telemarketing activities in utter disregard of personal data protection legislation.

Additional violations could be established as for the handling of contact lists purchased from external providers.

Source: Aggressive telemarketing practices: Vodafone fined over 12 million Euro by Italian DPA

More GDPR applied in the UK than in Italy & France Combined

A report released by BuyShares has revealed that the United Kingdom tops for the imposition of data breach penalties with €132.7 million in the total value of General Data Protection Regulation fines since the legislation was became enforceable on May 25 2018.

It is higher than the combined total of fines sanctioned in Germany and Italy combined. Indeed, the largest five fines for GDPR breaches in the European Union account for 70% of the total fines sanctioned since the data privacy legislation became live in 2018.

Source: More GDPR applied in the UK than in Italy & France Combined – Compliance Junction

Google’s display advertising business is under antitrust probe in Italy

Italy’s competition authority has opened an antitrust investigation into Google’s display ad business — adding another allegation of abuse of a dominant position to the tech giant’s regulatory woes.

In a press release announcing the action the AGCM said it “questions the discriminatory use of the huge amount of data collected through its various applications, preventing rivals from competing effectively as well as adversely affecting consumers”.

The probe follows a complaint by local ad lobby group the IAB Italy, which says the investigation must be concluded by November 2021.

Source: Google’s display advertising business is under antitrust probe in Italy | TechCrunch

Google, Dropbox and Apple accused of not clarifying terms and conditions of the consumers’ data in Italy

Apple, Google and Dropbox can be the center of the investigation carried out in Italy on cloud services. Complaints associated with terms and conditions about human data recorded.

As per an announcement made by the Italy competition authorities, it is said that they will be looking into the cloud storage services very soon. The cloud storage services will be from Apple, Dropbox and Google. Many types of complaints are registered against the companies.

Source: Google, Dropbox and Apple accused of not clarifying terms and conditions of the consumers’ data in Italy – Investor Telegraph

Italy tops GDPR penalty list with €46m worth of fines this year

Businesses operating within the European Union have been hit with a total of €68 million in fines relating to GDPR breaches so far in 2020.

Over €45 million of that came from Italian-owned companies, as result of 13 separate investigations. Sweden came in second, with €7.3 million in fines from 4 cases, while the Netherlands were ranked third with €2.8 million worth of penalties.

Source: Italy tops GDPR penalty list with €46m worth of fines this year | IT PRO

Italy fines gas company EUR 11.5 million for unsolicited telemarketing

The Italian Supervisory Authority imposed two fines on Eni Gas and Luce (Egl), totalling EUR 11,5 million, concerning respectively illicit processing of personal data in the context of promotional activities and the activation of unsolicited contracts.

The first fine of EUR 8,5 million relates to unlawful processing in connection with telemarketing and teleselling activities – advertising calls made without the consent of the contacted person or despite that person’s refusal to receive promotional calls, or without triggering the specific procedures for verifying the public opt-out register; the absence of technical and organisational measures to take account of the indications provided by users; longer than permitted data retention periods; and the acquisition of the data on prospective customers from entities (list providers) that had not obtained any consent for the disclosure of such data.

The second fine of EUR 3 million concerns breaches due to the conclusion of unsolicited contracts for the supply of electricity and gas under ‘free market’ conditions – many individuals learned about the conclusion of a new contract only on receiving the letter of termination of the contract with the previous supplier or else the first Egl bills.

Source: THE ITALIAN SUPERVISORY AUTHORITY FINES ENI GAS E LUCE EUR 11.5 MILLION – On account of unsolicited telemarketing and contracts

Data for money: App facilitating data portability now under the EDPB’s scrutiny

A number of Italian retailers submitted to the Italian Data Protection Authority, the Garante, very similar complaints concerning massive data subject requests received from Italian startup Weople.

Weople exercised, on behalf of the individuals that subscribed to its services via a mobile app, the right to data portability in connection to the personal data collected by the retailers’ loyalty programs. The transfer of such data was to go directly to Weople.

Full article: Data for money: App facilitating data portability now under the EDPB’s scrutiny

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