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First significant GDPR fines in the pipeline

The European Data Protection Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, says that we can expect to see DPAs take enforcement action soon. He said the sanctions will be imposed in many EU countries and will hit many companies and public administrations but declined to provide details because investigations were still ongoing.

Source: First significant GDPR fines in the pipeline – Privacy Laws & Business

ICO to help business with innovation and Privacy by Design

The UK’s data protection authority – Information Commissioner’s Office – will set up a Regulators’ Business and Privacy Innovation Hub to support businesses, with other regulators, to comply and understand privacy and data protection – for example by helping them to build privacy in right from the start in innovative products and services.

The Hub will work alongside the ICO’s Regulatory Sandbox – an initiative to create a safe space where organisations are supported to develop innovative products and services using personal data in innovative ways.

Source: ICO to help business with innovation and Privacy by Design – Privacy Laws & Business

German Lawyer Sanctioned Due to Incomplete GDPR Policy

An interim injunction has been issued by Würzburg Regional Court against a lawyer who displayed an unfinished Privacy Policy on her firm’s website which also included an unencrypted and unprotected contact form. Reaction to the ruling has been mixed as the sanction due to the unfinished GDPR policy was understandable but ruling regarding the unencrypted form was more confusing as this does not affect the transfer of information.

Source: German Lawyer Sanctioned Due to Incomplete GDPR Policy – Compliance Junction

French Data Protection Authority’s Latest Newsletter Includes Assessment of First Four Months of GDPR & Several Guidelines

The French Data Protection Authority (the CNIL) published its assessment of the first four months of GDPR and several guidelines, including one on how to make a GDPR compliant blockchain.

Full article: French Data Protection Authority’s Latest Newsletter Includes Assessment of First Four Months of GDPR & Several Guidelines

GDPR complaints stack up across the EU as regulators prepare to issue fines

It’s almost five months since Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect. Meanwhile, EU member states start to tally up GDPR complaints. Numbers have started rolling in from data protection authorities across Europe. As one of the first companies to be warned by a DPA, French startup Teemo might prove that regulators are more interested in keeping companies in line than collecting fees – once Teemo brought itself into compliance, the CNIL considered the issue closed.

Full article: GDPR complaints stack up across the EU as regulators prepare to issue fines – MarTech Today

MEPs demand a full Facebook audit by EU bodies

EU bodies should be allowed to fully audit Facebook to assess data protection and security of users’ personal data, said Civil Liberties MEPs on Wednesday.

MEPs take note of the privacy improvements undertaken by Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but recall that the company has yet not carried out the promised full internal audit. They recommend that the company makes “substantial modifications to its platform” to comply with EU data protection law.

Source: Facebook: MEPs demand a full audit by EU bodies to assess data protection | News | European Parliament

FTC’s Privacy Shield Enforcement Actions Show Broader Enforcement Lens

On September 27, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced proposed settlement agreements with four companies it alleges violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by misrepresenting their certification status and compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. This latest set of enforcement actions brings the FTC’s Privacy Shield related enforcement to settlements with eight defendants since the framework was adopted in July 2016.

Source: FTC’s Privacy Shield Enforcement Actions Show Broader Enforcement Lens

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