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Court tells Uber to reinstate five UK drivers sacked by automated process

Uber has been ordered to reinstate five British drivers who were struck off from its ride-hailing app by robot technology.

The five drivers, backed by the App Drivers & Couriers Union (ADCU) and the campaign group Worker Info Exchange, argued that they had been wrongly accused of fraudulent activity based on mistaken information from Uber’s technology, and that the company had failed to provide the drivers with proper evidence to support the allegations.

In a judgment published on Wednesday, the district court of Amsterdam said the ride-hailing app should reinstate the five British drivers, and one Dutch driver, because the decisions had been “based solely on automated processing, including profiling”.

Source: Court tells Uber to reinstate five UK drivers sacked by automated process | Uber | The Guardian

Dutch privacy watchdog fines Booking.com €475K

Hotel booking site Booking.com got hit with a €475,000 fine for being late to report a data breach, the company’s lead EU privacy regulator announced Wednesday.

The fine, imposed by the Dutch data protection authority because the company is legally established in Amsterdam, came after criminals stole the personal data of more than 4,000 Booking.com customers — obtaining the credit card details of nearly 300 victims.

The website received the penalty for missing a 72-hour deadline to report the breach to the regulator, which it did on February 4, 2019 — almost a month after it suffered the breach.

Source: Dutch privacy watchdog fines Booking.com €475K – POLITICO

Google Workspace has high data protection risks, says Dutch government

A Dutch government report identifying “10 high data protection risks” for users of Google Workspace, formerly known as G Suite, has been revised after Google’s response, and now says eight high risk issues still remain.

Dutch Government’s Data Protection Impact Assessment still considers that there are legal obstacles to adopting Google Workspace around the roles and obligations of data processors and data controllers under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Source: Dutch government: Did we say 10 ‘high data protection risks’ in Google Workspace block adoption? Make that 8 • The Register

Law enforcement wiretapped the very service used by criminals to evade interception

The virtual private network (VPN) Safe-Inet used by the world’s foremost cybercriminals has been taken down in a coordinated law enforcement action led by the German Reutlingen Police Headquarters together with Europol and law enforcement agencies from around the world.

This VPN service was sold at a high price to the criminal underworld as one of the best tools available to avoid law enforcement interception, offering up to 5 layers of anonymous VPN connections.

Much of the criminal activity occurring on the network involved cyber actors responsible for ransomware, E-skimming breaches, spearphishing, and account takeovers.

Source: Law enforcement wiretapped the very service used by criminals to evade interception

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

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