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Activists Call for Scrutiny of Palantir Over Partnerships With EU Law Enforcement Agencies

SOMI, a Dutch privacy group, is calling for a large-scale investigation into the partnerships that data analytics company Palantir Technologies has with a number of law enforcement and intelligence agencies throughout the European Union.

SOMI contends that the firm could be participating in both knowing and unknowing privacy violations based on its associations with agencies that are making use of “predictive policing” technologies.

Source: Dutch Group Calls for Scrutiny of Palantir Over Opaque Partnerships With EU Law Enforcement Agencies, Possible Privacy Violations – CPO Magazine

Uber drivers union asks EU court to overrule ‘robo-firing’ by algorithm

Former Uber drivers have filed a legal challenge against the company in Europe, arguing that its “robo-firing” practices contravene GDPR.

The union is arguing that Uber’s alleged “robo-firing” practices contravene Article 22 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which seeks to protect individuals from automated decision-making. The action has been filed in the District Court of Amsterdam, where Uber’s European HQ is located.

Source: Uber drivers union asks EU court to overrule ‘robo-firing’ by algorithm | VentureBeat

The Netherlands Is Becoming a Predictive Policing Hot Spot

A report released late last month by Amnesty International revealed that Dutch law enforcement have been engaged in a number of predictive-policing pilots and referred to the Netherlands as “one of the countries at the forefront of predictive policing in practice.”

The project is not only intrusive, the report claims, but discriminatory by design, since its aim is to fight “mobile banditry” (crimes like theft, pickpocketing, and drug trafficking), a term which explicitly excludes people of Dutch nationality and assumes that the offender is either of Eastern European origin or Romani, a minority ethnic group.

‘Predictive policing projects like these are explicitly biased and prejudiced and rely on data that is explicitly biased and prejudiced, but nobody does anything about it.’ says Amnesty International.

Source: The Netherlands Is Becoming a Predictive Policing Hot Spot

Dutch “Data Pro Code” Approved

On August 27, 2020, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens) announced it approved the “Data Pro Code,” a code of conduct drafted by industry association NLdigital.

This Code is the first code of conduct approved by the Dutch DPA under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Code includes, among other things, a series of practical GDPR compliance tools, such as the “Data Pro Statement” that companies may use to inform potential customers of the data protection safeguards they have in place.

Source: Dutch “Data Pro Code” Approved

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

Dutch DPA finds Methods used by Tax and Customs Administration unlawful and discriminatory

The Benefits Office of the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration should not have processed the (dual) nationality of childcare benefit applicants in the way it did for many years.

According to the results of the Data Protection Authority’s investigation, this practice was unlawful and discriminatory, and a serious and improper breach of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Source: Dutch DPA: Methods used by Dutch Tax and Customs Administration unlawful and discriminatory

Consumer privacy group files privacy breach court case against Oracle and Salesforce

A Dutch consumer privacy group has brought a class action claim against tech giants Oracle and Salesforce, alleging that their involvement in placing third party cookies to help track and target internet users with adverts breaches privacy laws.

The Privacy Collective, a non-for-profit foundation, claims that the tech giants are effectively using Dutch customer data without their explicit consent and has taken them to court, claiming at least €10bn in damages. A similar case, also fully funded by Innsworth litigation funder, is set to be filed in England and Wales.

Source: Consumer privacy group files privacy breach court case against Oracle and Salesforce – DutchNews.nl

The Netherlands DPA imposes EUR 830,000 fine for access request fees

On the 6 th of July 2020, the Dutch Data Protection Authority  published its decision to impose a fine of 830,000 EUR on Stichting Bureau Krediet Registratie (BKR).

BKR keeps an electronic file of the loans and debts people have in the Netherlands, stored in a central database. The fine has been imposed due to the fact that BKR’s procedure for data subjects to obtain access to their personal data was not in line with GDPR.

Source: The Netherlands – DPA imposes EUR 830,00 fine for access request fees

Long before the Coronavirus emergency law, Netherlands Central Bureau of Statistics had been tracking civilian mobile phones

An emergency law of the cabinet must regulate that the government can monitor the mobile phones of citizens in the Netherlands for the fight against COVID-19, but it now appears that the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) previously did this on a large scale.

Together with Vodafone, Statistics Netherlands recorded how many people visited King’s Day 2018 in Amsterdam and where they came from. The Dutch Data Protection Authority (AP) is therefore examining whether the statistical office has thereby violated the law.

Source: Lang voor de coronaspoedwet volgde het CBS al telefoons van burgers – NRC

TikTok subject of Dutch data protection probe

The watchdog say they will “examine whether TikTok adequately protects the privacy of Dutch children”.

The probe will examine whether TikTok adequately protects the privacy of children under Dutch law and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. Authorities are also examining whether the app requires parental consent for TikTok to collect and use data on its young users.

Source: TikTok subject of Dutch data protection probe | Euronews

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