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German Authorities Issue 41 GDPR Fines

A survey by Handelsblatt shows that 41 fines have been issued by German privacy authorities through mid-January of this year, according to an analysis by Mondaq.

The highest fine has been €80,000 — for an entity that allowed health-related data to be publicly seen, the report continues. In addition, a €20,000 penalty was imposed on the chat portal Knuddels.de by the State Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officer for Baden-Württemberg.

Source: German Authorities Issue 41 GDPR Fines: Report 02/25/2019

EDPB LIBE report on the implementation of GDPR

On February 26, the EDPB Chair and Vice-Chair addressed the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) presenting EDPB’s first report on implementation of EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the roles and means of the national supervisory authorities.

You can read the full report here: EDPB LIBE Report

Bavarian Data Protection Authority announces possible fines after website search

At the beginning of February, the Bavarian Data Protection Authority (DPA) participated in the Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019 and searched 40 websites of large companies based in Bavaria.

The DPA reviewed cyber security and user tracking practices with the finding that in the DPA’s view none of the 40 companies provided for GDPR-compliant practices on their websites. As a result, the DPA announced it is considering fines under the GDPR.

Source: Germany: Bavarian Data Protection Authority announces possible fines after sobering result of website search

Year 1 of GDPR: Over 200,000 cases reported, firms fined €56 meeelli… Oh, that’s mostly Google

European data protection agencies have issued fines totalling €56m for GDPR breaches since it was enforced last May, from more than 200,000 reported cases – but watchdogs have said they’re just warming up. However, almost all of it comes from French data watchdog CNIL’s €50m fine for Google.

One thing that did change immediately under GDPR, if not the fines, was the number of incident reports. This was particularly so for companies turning themselves in over data breaches. In the first nine months, there were 206,326 cases reported under the new law from the supervisory authorities in the 31 countries in the European Economic Area.

Source: Year 1 of GDPR: Over 200,000 cases reported, firms fined €56 meeelli… Oh, that’s mostly Google • The Register

How Cambridge Analytica Sparked the Great Privacy Awakening

Cambridge Analytica had purchased Facebook data on tens of millions of Americans without their knowledge to build a “psychological warfare tool,” which it unleashed on US voters to help elect Donald Trump as president.

Repercussions from the scandal swirling around the data analytics firm continue to be felt across the tech industry.

Full article: How Cambridge Analytica Sparked the Great Privacy Awakening | WIRED

DNA Testing Company Will Allow Customers to Opt Out of sharing data with FBI

FamilyTreeDNA drew heat from privacy advocates after it was revealed that the company let the FBI access its database.

The decision exposes the ethical and legal conundrums surrounding at-home DNA testing and illustrates the tension between protecting users’ privacy and aiding law enforcement in catching violent criminals. Law enforcement has increasingly been using genealogy to solve crimes.

Source: DNA Testing Company Will Allow Customers to Opt Out of Helping FBI Amid Privacy Concerns

The Netherlands DPA confirms its GDPR fining policy

The Netherlands’ Data Protection Authority has published its GDPR fining policy which divides breaches into four categories according to their severity.

There are 4 tiers of fines up to 1 million euro. A higher fine than 1 million euros is, of course, possible if the circumstances so require.

Source: The Netherlands DPA confirms its GDPR fining policy – Privacy Laws & Business

Facebook’s Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation 

A federal grand jury is looking at partnerships that gave major tech companies broad access to Facebook users’ information.

More than 150 companies, including Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Sony, that had cut sharing deals with the world’s dominant social media platform entered into partnerships with Facebook, gaining broad access to the personal information of hundreds of millions of its users.

Source: Facebook’s Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation – The New York Times

EU Regulators Increase Focus on Cookie Practices

In the absence of cookies-related guidance and enforcement by regulators against ordinary website publishers and operators, many e-commerce sites, online publishers and other website operators have taken a “wait and see” approach with respect to implementing GDPR-compliant cookies consent procedures.

Full article: EU Regulators Increase Focus on Cookie Practices

UK’s ICO rides two businesses

The UK’s data protection watchdog raided two businesses suspected of making millions of nuisance calls.

The Information Commissioner’s Office has been investigating the companies, based in Brighton and Birmingham, for a year after receiving roughly 600 complaints about them.

The calls – said to involve road traffic accidents, personal injury claims and household insurance – did not identify the firms or allow people to opt out of receiving them.

Source: Raiding party! UK’s ICO drops in unannounced on couple of dodgy-dialling dirtbag outfits • The Register

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