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Data transfers as the Brexit clock counts down

Many business owners have spoken of their concern for the impact a “no deal” Brexit could have on personal data transfers between the EU and the UK.

However, some experts say that any adverse fallouts can be easily managed by the use of model clauses for data protection agreements.

Full article: Data transfers as the Brexit clock counts down

The GDPR: the driving force behind creative advertising

The months and weeks before its introduction, businesses – and particularly the media industry –scrambled to meet the GDPR legislation. Marketers and advertisers knew that their heavy reliance on collecting and using personal data in ad campaigns would have to change.

One year on, rather than bemoaning GDPR as a challenge, brands, advertisers and agencies are displaying a readiness and willingness to clean up their data practices.

Full article: The GDPR: the driving force behind creative advertising

Lithuania DPA isuues EUR 61,500 GDPR fine

Lithuanian data protection authority (State Data Protection Inspectorate) imposed the first administrative fine in Lithuania for violations of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) amounting to EUR 61,500.

Sanctions to UAB “MisterTango” have been adopted for the excessive processing of data, the breach of personal data security in the payment service system (the list of payments was visible on the Internet for 2 days), and breach of data security was not reported to the supervisory authority.

Source: State Data Protection Inspectorate – Articles: The Company’s Responsibilities Will Not Be Avoided – Significant fine for violations of the General Data Protection Regulation in Lithuania

Denmark Data Protection Auth. on GDPR & Voice Recordings

The Denmark Data Protection Authority (DPA) ruled on April 11, 2019, that affirmative consent is required when companies record customer telephone calls.

In this case company provided disclosures to its customers that calls may be recorded for training purposes, but did not offered a mechanism for customers to opt-in or opt-out of the recording. DPA rejected the company’s arguments that its recording practices served a legitimate interest, such as the improvement of its customer service, and concluded that the company’s telephone recording practices violated the GDPR.

Source: Denmark Data Protection Auth. on GDPR & Voice Recordings

Google opens German centre to improve data privacy

Google has revealed plans to open an engineering centre in Munich as part of the tech giant’s bid to take data privacy more seriously.

The popular search engine says the new privacy-focused hub, to be built in Munich, should help the company strengthen its data protection credentials as the global demand for higher data privacy standards continues to grow.

Source: Google opens German centre to improve data privacy

ICO launches the ‘Be Data Aware’ campaign

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is launching the ‘Be Data Aware’ campaign to help the general public understand how organisations use their data.

The ‘Be Data Aware’ campaign helps people understand how organisations might be using their data to target them online, as well as informing people on how they can control it.

Source: ICO launches the ‘Be Data Aware’ campaign

Dutch DPA Issues Guidelines on Privacy Policies Following Investigation

On April 17, 2019, the Dutch Data Protection Authority issued six recommendations for companies, to be taken into account when drafting privacy policies.

The published recommendations follow the Dutch DPA’s investigation of companies’ privacy policies. The investigation focused on companies that process sensitive personal data, including health data and data related to individuals’ political beliefs.

Full article: Dutch DPA Issues Guidelines on Privacy Policies Following Investigation | Privacy & Information Security Law Blog

FTC settlement could impose new privacy practices on the Facebook

Stronger oversight of its data-collection practices could end a wide-ranging federal probe into a series of privacy abuses that came to light last year. The concessions could accompany a multibillion-dollar fine from the Federal Trade Commission, which opened its probe last year.

Facebook has told the U.S. government it is willing to submit to greater oversight of its data-collection practices — from the launching of new services to the decisions of its top executives — to end a wide-ranging federal probe into a series of privacy abuses that came to light last year.

Source: Facebook FTC settlement could impose new privacy practices on the social media company – The Washington Post

Facebook Faces a Big Penalty, but Regulators Are Split Over How Big

Facebook’s announcement in late April that it had set aside $3 billion to $5 billion to settle claims that it mishandled users’ personal data suggested a strong consensus by federal regulators that the social media giant needed to be held accountable.

The F.T.C. chairman seems to have the votes to approve a settlement. But the members are split on the size and scope of the tech company’s punishment. One of the biggest issues has been whether to hold Mark Zuckerberg liable for future violations.

Source: Facebook Faces a Big Penalty, but Regulators Are Split Over How Big – The New York Times

FTC chair suggests record fines are coming

For a few weeks now, rumors have circled Washington that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is negotiating a potentially record-breaking fine of Facebook for alleged privacy violations.

Media reports have placed a potential fine in the $3 billion to $5 billion mark, and just this week, new reports state negotiations also include a slew of new privacy positions as part of the FTC settlement.

Full article: FTC chair suggests record fines are coming

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