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UK is lowering privacy standards, says EU officials

In his remarks following Round 3 of negotiations for a new partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom Michel Barnier has pointed out that United Kingdom insists on lowering current standards and deviating from agreed mechanisms of data protection – “to the point that it is even asking the Union to ignore its own law and the jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice on passenger data (“PNR rules”)”.

Michel Barnier also notet that “The UK refuses to commit, in an agreement with us, to guarantees protecting fundamental rights and individual freedoms resulting from the European Convention on Human Rights, as agreed in the Political Declaration”.

Source: Remarks by Michel Barnier following Round 3 of negotiations for a new partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom

HSE will no longer tell employers workers’ test results

The Health Service Executive has said it is to suspend the practice of informing employers of Covid-19 test results and is to seek guidance from the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC).

In some cases, the results were sent to employers who informed workers before the HSE. The DPC has said this is not legitimate.

In view of the concerns raised by some employees in relation to this issue, the HSE will reconsider the use of exceptions and has suspended the practice while it seeks guidance from the Data Protection Commissioner.

Source: HSE will no longer tell employers workers’ test results

As the GDPR turns 2, Big Tech should watch out for big sanctions

Get ready to see the EU’s landmark privacy regulation flex its muscles as it prepares for a fight.

The GDPR’s quiet first two years give a false impression of the impact the law has had on the global stage. The legislation has raised the EU’s profile among regulators and lawmakers around the world and inspired similar regulations in Brazil and India, as well as in California, home to many of the tech giants. Tech companies have had to change their privacy policies and disclosures not only in Europe but around the world, since it doesn’t make sense to observe two sets of privacy standards.

And industry watchers say more moves are coming. The regulators are just taking the time to make sure these sanctions stick.

Source: As the GDPR turns 2, Big Tech should watch out for big sanctions – CNET

Schrems calls on EU authorities to get Irish watchdog to speed up

Privacy activist Max Schrems has called on the European authorities to push the Irish regulator to speed up its handling of cases he has brought against Facebook on the second anniversary of the introduction of rules designed to help protect the data of consumers.

Max Schrems is not happy with the progress made since the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regime across Europe in 2018.

“After two years, we feel that the time has come to shine light on the shortcomings of the GDPR’s current enforcement in Ireland and bring the debate into the public,” the letter said.

Source: Schrems calls on EU authorities to get DPC to speed up

Turkish DPA Fines Amazon Turkey 160,000€

The Board of Turkish Data Protection Authority has imposed a total of 1.200.000 TL (160K €) fine against Amazon Turkey for sending commercial electronic messages to users without their consent, bundling signing up to the services as a prerequisite for providing consent, transferring personal data without obtaining explicit consent of the users and for failing to provide information in accordance with Law and regarding data processing with cookies.

It’s not only a decision to fine a tech giant for the authority but also an opportunity to show his teeth to data controllers about the Authority’s perspective about electronic messaging and cookie use (first of its kind) in Turkey.

Source: Turkish DPA’s landmark Amazon Turkey Ruling

Twitter and WhatsApp could face EU data privacy sanctions

Twitter and Facebook’s WhatsApp are in the firing line as Europe’s leading privacy watchdog for US tech giants edges closer to delivering its first major sanctions under the region’s tough data-protection rules.

The Irish Data Protection Commission said on May 22 that it finalised a draft decision linked to a data breach at Twitter and has asked its peers across the European Union for their sign-off.

The regulator said it has also completed a draft decision in a probe of WhatsApp’s transparency around data sharing. The Facebook service will be asked to give its comments on any proposed sanctions before EU counterparts can weigh in.

Source: Twitter and WhatsApp could face EU data privacy sanctions – The National

Apple whistleblower blasts company over ‘violating fundamental rights’

Thomas le Bonniec revealed last year that while working for Apple he overheard Siri users’ private moments including drug deals and people having sex.

Although Apple apologized and suspended the program last year, le Bonniec is calling on privacy regulators to punish the tech giant. “It is worrying that Apple (and undoubtedly not just Apple) keeps ignoring and violating fundamental rights and continues their massive collection of data,” he writes.

Full article: Apple whistleblower blasts company over ‘violating fundamental rights’ – Business Insider

First GDPR fine issued in Ireland

Eilis McDonald & John Magee Tusla, Ireland’s child and family agency, has become the first organisation fined under the GDPR in Ireland. The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) filed papers in the Circuit Court on Friday to confirm the €75,000 fine against the Agency.

Tusla collects and processes highly sensitive, often special category data concerning children, vulnerable women and families across Ireland. The DPC reported three separate statutory inquiries into Tusla in respect of a number of breaches which had been reported to it since May 2018. The breaches included various instances of inappropriate system access, accidental and inappropriate disclosure of personal data by email and unauthorised disclosure of data.

Source: IRELAND: First GDPR fine issued in Ireland

Norwegian DPA launches investigation into Disqus

The Norwegian data protection authority has launched an investigation into Disqus for allegedly collecting information about Norwegians through comment areas of websites without proper information.

DPA noted that in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), data processing must be legal and transparent and that, in light of this, collecting data without providing prior information is problematic. DPA stated that it has sent a letter to Disqus requesting answers on the investigated practices.

Source: Requires statement from Disqus | Inspectorate

‘Serious risk’ EU will fail to protect UK citizens, says UK gov

The British government has said there is “a serious risk” that the European Union will fail to meet its duties to protect the rights of UK nationals living in the bloc, in the latest sign of tensions over Brexit.

In a letter to the European commission, Michael Gove said British residents living in the EU had raised concerns, while the coronavirus pandemic had diverted the attention of many governments from implementing the Brexit withdrawal agreement, which is intended to protect the rights of an estimated 1.2 million British nationals in the EU and 3.5 million Europeans in the UK.

Source: Brexit: ‘serious risk’ EU will fail to protect UK citizens, says Gove | Brexit | The Guardian

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