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EUR 272.5m in fines imposed by European regulators under GDPR 

EUR 272.5 million of fines have been imposed for a wide range of infringements of Europe’s tough data protection laws according to international law firm DLA Piper.

EUR 158.5 million of fines imposed since 28 January 2020, a 39% increase on the previous 20 month period since the application of GDPR. Italy has imposed the highest aggregate fines with France imposing the highest individual fine to date. However, several multi-million euro fines have been successfully appealed or significantly reduced.

Source: EUR272.5m in fines imposed by European regulators under GDPR – Survey by international law firm DLA Piper | News | DLA Piper Global Law Firm

Confusion over WhatsApp’s new T&Cs triggers privacy warning from Italy

Confusion over an update to Facebook-owned chat platform WhatsApp’s terms and conditions has triggered an intervention by Italy’s data protection agency.

The Italian DPA said today it has contacted the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) to raise concerns about a lack of clear information over what’s changing under the incoming T&Cs.

In recent weeks WhatsApp has been alerting users they must accept new T&Cs in order to keep using the service after February 8.

Source: Confusion over WhatsApp’s new T&Cs triggers privacy warning from Italy | TechCrunch

Biden and Trump Voters Were Exposed to Radically Different Coverage of the Capitol Riot on Facebook

Data from The Markup’s Citizen Browser project shows the different realities Americans inhabited on Facebook last week.

By analyzing Facebook feed data from hundreds of the panelists in the project, The Markup found that panelists who voted for Joe Biden in the 2020 election were more frequently exposed to news stories from nonpartisan outlets directly covering the riot at the Capitol and the certification of Biden’s win, like The Washington Post and The New York Times, while our panelists who identified themselves as Trump voters in the 2020 election were more likely to be exposed to conservative news coverage, led by online outlets like The Daily Wire and Breitbart.

The two groups were exposed to barely any of the same news stories.

Source: Biden and Trump Voters Were Exposed to Radically Different Coverage of the Capitol Riot on Facebook

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission ‘acutely strained’ by big tech cases

The Data Protection Commission warned it was “acutely strained” as it grappled with cases involving giant multinational tech companies and rising complaints from members of the public.

The agency also said it faced an uphill battle as it investigated big technology firms who had access to “disproportionate resources” to fight their corner.

They said the commission was now frequently accused of lengthy delays in its investigations because they were limited in the amount of inquiries they could progress at any one time.

Source: Data Protection Commission ‘acutely strained’ by big tech cases

Turkey investigates WhatsApp and Facebook over data privacy update

Turkey’s competition authority has opened an investigation into WhatsApp over a new update that requires users to share more data with its parent company, Facebook.

The popular messaging platform has been widely criticised for asking its users to agree to the new terms or lose access to their accounts from February 8.

The Head of Turkey’s Digital Transformation Office, Ali Taha Koc, said that foreign applications pose serious security risks.

Source: Turkey investigates WhatsApp and Facebook over data privacy update | Euronews

NSO used real people’s location data to pitch its contact-tracing tech

Spyware maker NSO Group used real phone location data on thousands of unsuspecting people when it demonstrated its new COVID-19 contact-tracing system to governments and journalists, researchers have concluded.

NSO, a private intelligence company best known for developing and selling governments access to its Pegasus spyware, went on the charm offensive earlier this year to pitch its contact-tracing system, dubbed Fleming, aimed at helping governments track the spread of COVID-19. Fleming is designed to allow governments to feed location data from cell phone companies to visualize and track the spread of the virus.

Source: NSO used real people’s location data to pitch its contact-tracing tech, researchers say | TechCrunch

  • January 5, 2021
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Italian Privacy Watchdog Initiates Proceedings Against TikTok

The investigations the Italian DPA had started in March this year did highlight data processing activities that would appear to fall short of the new legal framework applying to personal data protection.

The violations notified by the Italian DPA to TikTok include, first and foremost, the signup mechanisms that do not protect children adequately. TikTok’s signup ban for children under 13 is actually easy to circumvent by entering a false birth date. Thus, TikTok does not prevent kids from registering nor does it check that Italian privacy legislation is complied with – indeed, in Italy registration of a child under 14 with a social network requires the consent to be authorized by parents or the holders of parental authority.

Source: Tik Tok, children’s privacy at risk: the Guarantor starts the procedure … – Privacy Guarantor

EDPB Publishes Its 2021-2023 Strategy

On December 21, 2020, the European Data Protection Board released its 2021-2023 Strategy.

The Strategy aims at setting out the four main pillars of the EDPB strategic objectives through 2023 and key actions to help achieve those objectives:

  1. Advancing Harmonization and Facilitating Compliance.
  2. Supporting Effective Enforcement and Efficient Cooperation Between National Supervisory Authorities.
  3. A Fundamental Rights Approach to New Technologies.
  4. The Global Dimension.

Full article: EDPB Publishes Its 2021-2023 Strategy | Privacy & Information Security Law Blog

New EU-U.S. data transfer pact not any time soon

Companies hoping the EU and the new U.S. administration will soon strike a new transatlantic data transfer pact to replace one struck down by a court will probably have to wait months for any result, the head of the EU privacy watchdog said on Friday.

“I don’t expect a new solution instead of Privacy Shield in the space of weeks, and probably not even months, and so we have to be ready that the system without a Privacy Shield like solution will last for a while,” told  European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Wojciech Wiewiorowski.

Source: New EU-U.S. data transfer pact? Not any time soon, says EU privacy watchdog | Reuters

Twitter fined by Ireland over bug that made private tweets public, in world first for EU data privacy law

Ireland has fined the company €450,000 for its failure to quickly report the breach, which was the result of a bug in the Android app.

It is the first time that a US company has been fined under a new data privacy system instituted in the EU as part of its General Data Protection Regulation regime.

The fine related to an issue in Twitter’s app that emerged in 2019. A technical problem meant that tweets that were supposed to be protected could be viewed by the public, the Irish Data Protection Commission said.

Source: Twitter fined by Ireland over bug that made private tweets public, in world first for EU data privacy law | The Independent

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