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GDPR Compliance Lowers Data Breach Frequency and Impact Says Report

Companies that follow the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) experience extra benefits such as lower frequency and effect of data breaches, as well as fewer records being impacted in the attacks, shorter downtimes and lower overall costs.

Full article: GDPR Compliance Lowers Data Breach Frequency and Impact Says Report

Data privacy rules in the EU may leave the US behind

The European Union has issued its first fine, cracking down on companies that misuse users’ personal data. Why hasn’t the US taken a similarly strong approach?

Americans use online services in the same way as our European counterparts, and at generally similar rates. And U.S. consumers’ privacy has been harmed by the ever-growing number of data breaches affecting financial institutions, retailers and government targets.

Full article: Data privacy rules in the EU may leave the US behind

Davos develops drone regulation how-to for governments

At its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum launched what it’s calling the Advanced Drone Operator’s Toolkit.

While that may sound like a development package for drone nerds, it’s actually a set of guidelines, recommendations, and lessons-learned for governments looking to roll out commercial drone operations.

Source: Davos develops drone regulation how-to for governments (and the FAA should pay attention) | ZDNet

GDPR makes it easier to get your data, but doesn’t mean you’ll understand it

“Right of Access” says that, when requested, any company should be prepared to provide you with your personal data.

They should provide it in a way that’s easy for you to read, in a timely manner, and with enough background information for you to understand how they got it and how they use it. The problem is that companies can often be really stingy about actually providing this data.

Full article: GDPR makes it easier to get your data, but doesn’t mean you’ll understand it – The Verge

Inside Facebook’s fight against European regulation

Dozens of Commission documents show how the tech giant pushed back against rules on issues ranging from copyright to privacy.

On a range of legislation, ranging from privacy protection to copyright reform to rules governing responsibility for illegal content uploaded to internet platforms, the Silicon Valley tech giant’s arguments seem to have fallen flat — as European Union officials moved forward with regulation the company was warning against.

Full article: Inside Facebook’s fight against European regulation – POLITICO

Facebook and Google back changes to laws which break encryption

Industry groups including the representative of tech giants Facebook, Google, Twitter and Amazon, have backed several Labor amendments to the Australia’s encryption bill.

Under Labor’s plan, law enforcement agencies would require a fresh warrant before ordering tech companies to assist or build a new capability to access electronic communications and the bill’s prohibition against creating a “systemic weakness” would be strengthened.

Source: Facebook and Google back Labor changes to laws which break encryption | Technology | The Guardian

Japan considers applying domestic privacy rules to global tech giants

A communications ministry panel says Japan should consider a legal revision so it can impose “secrecy of communications” rules on overseas-based technology giants such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.com.

The panel of experts released the finding Monday in a draft list of issues related to applying domestic privacy protection rules to global information technology giants.

Source: Japan considers applying domestic privacy rules to global tech giants | The Japan Times

Russian Government Presses Twitter, Facebook Over Data-Storage Law

Russia’s communications watchdog has opened administrative proceedings against the U.S. social-media sites Twitter and Facebook for allegedly failing to comply with legislation requiring them to store the personal data of Russian citizens on servers in Russia.

Source: Russian Government Presses Twitter, Facebook Over Data-Storage Law

Legal proceedings to start following EU citizens’ immigration data access controversy

EU citizens have to launch a legal case against a law which stops people from gaining access to immigration data held on them by the Home Office and other government organisations.

A campaign group named the3million has now been granted a judicial review against the government regarding an element of the Data Protection Act 2018; the group represents UK-based EU citizens as well as the Open Rights Group.

Source: Legal proceedings to start following EU citizens’ immigration data access controversy

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