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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

Has the fight over privacy changed at all in 2019?

Few issues divide the tech community quite like privacy. Much of Silicon Valley’s wealth has been built on data-driven advertising platforms, and yet, there remain constant concerns about the invasiveness of those platforms.

Such concerns have intensified in just the last few weeks as France’s privacy regulator placed a record fine on Google under Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules which the company now plans to appeal. Yet with global platform usage and service sales continuing to tick up, we asked a panel of eight privacy experts: “Has anything fundamentally changed around privacy in tech in 2019? What is the state of privacy and has the outlook changed?”

Full article: Has the fight over privacy changed at all in 2019? | TechCrunch

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

EU agrees to fine parties for data misuse in elections

The European Parliament and EU countries agreed, Wednesday, on new election rules according to which European party found to have misused personal data to influence voter behavior can be fined.

In the wake of a global outrage over Cambridge Analytica’s illegal harvesting of data on some 87 million Facebook users, the rules aim to stop EU political groups from using data to influence voter behavior in the upcoming European Parliament election.

Full article: EU agrees to fine parties for data misuse in elections – POLITICO

Small business in Germany hit with €5,000 GDPR fine

A small business in Germany has been issued with a €5,000 fine for inadequate data processing standards, after misplacing one of its contracts, heise online reports.

The problem was identified after a request for personal data was made to the German regulator, in a case that is one of few to result in a fine following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on May 25th 2018.

Source: Small business in Germany hit with €5,000 GDPR fine

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

Will the GDPR incite sectoral codes of conduct?

The EU General Data Protection Regulation has given a new impetus to codes of conduct. According to Article 40, “Associations and representative bodies may prepare codes for approval, registration and publication by a supervisory authority, or where processing activities take place across member states, by the European Data Protection Board. The EU Commission may declare codes recommended by EDPB to have general validity within the EU.”

But what are the big benefits of codes over certification? How will they work, and who is most in need of them? All these questions have only started to be thrashed out in the first six months since the GDPR came into effect.

Full article: Will the GDPR incite sectoral codes of conduct?

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