Belgium’s data privacy watchdog accuses Facebook of Big Brother-style snooping on internet users. The regulator sought a court order on Thursday forcing Facebook to stop any collection of data for advertising purposes and the provision of “misleading” information to users, under the threat of a 250,000 euro daily penalty.
14 September 2017 The Spanish data protection authority (‘AEPD’) announced, on 11 September 2017, that it had issued a decision in which it fined Facebook, Inc. €1.2 million for serious violations of the Organic Law 15/1999 of 13 December on the Protection of Personal Data (‘the Law’) (‘the Decision’).
Facebook made three serious or very serious privacy violations under Spanish law, the country’s regulator said as it fined the firm $1.44m.
As the titular head of the data protection and privacy program, the DPO may be interpreted as the final decision maker surrounding the use of personal data, and in some jurisdictions that role can come with personal civil and criminal liability. In this white paper overview, IAPP Legal Extern Carissa Hanratty, CIPP/US, explores some of the jurisdictions in which personal liability exists, with an appendix linking to the various legal texts.
Source: The legal risks for the DPO
The latest fine issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) against TalkTalk should be seen as a warning to businesses of all sizes to keep their IT systems up to date, an expert has said.
Businesses that are responsible for “minor infringements” of new EU data protection laws shortly after they come into effect will not be made an example of, the UK’s information commissioner has said.
The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC £100,000 after it failed to look after its customers’ data and risked it falling into the hands of scammers and fraudsters.
French regulator CNIL has issued its first fine for violations of data protection laws, since it was given the power in the Digital Republic law passed last November. Previously it could only issue verbal warnings. Car rental firm Hertz was fined EUR 40,000 for exposing personal data of members of its discount programme on its website.
The ICO issued, in the past 12 months, more fines for PECR (Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations) breaches than ever before. The ICO’s 2016-17 Annual Report, issued today, reveals that the ICO issued 23 penalties totalling £1,923,000. One of the largest fines was £270,000, served on Road Traffic Consult trading as Media Tactics for making 22 million unsolicited automated marketing calls to members of the public.
On July 1, 2017, a new law took effect in Russia allowing for administrative enforcement actions and higher fines for violations of Russia’s data protection law.