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Germany may ban Facebook from third-party data sharing

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office intends to ban Facebook from collecting user data from third parties. This will also prohibit data sharing between WhatsApp and Instagram, which Facebook own.

Germany is concerned that Facebook users didn’t know they agreed to be tracked across the internet when they signed up for the firm’s offerings. If this sticks, it’s a serious problem for its ad-targeting strategy.

Full article: Facebook’s Privacy Problems Get Real in Germany – The Washington Post

Customers informed when their gifts are being returned due to GDPR

Customers returning unwanted Christmas gifts are being warned by online retailers that they will have to inform the original buyers of the returns due to changes in data protection laws.

However, the Information Commissioner’s Office said that retailers are not legally obliged to inform buyers when gifts they have bought are returned.

Source: Customers informed when their gifts are being returned due to GDPR

US clash over EU privacy rules stymies European funds

US concerns over EU data protection rules are hindering the ability of European hedge funds to raise money from investors in America, say people familiar with the matter.

EU-based funds that have tried to register with the US Securities and Exchange Commission in recent months have not been able to gain approval because of the regulator’s concerns that the General Data Protection Regulation would stymie its attempts to obtain data from the companies.

Source: US clash over EU privacy rules stymies European funds | Financial Times

UK government gives advice to online businesses in case of no-deal Brexit

The UK government has issued guidance for online businesses and service providers on how to operate in the European Economic Area (EEA) should the UK leave the EU at the end of March with no withdrawal agreement.

The guidance covers activities governed by the EU’s e-Commerce Directive, including online retail, social media, search engines, video sharing sites, and internet service providers

Full article: UK government gives advice to online businesses in case of no-deal Brexit

Irish Data Protection Advisory Releases Guidance on Data Consequences following ‘No Deal Brexit’

Guidance on what should happen with transfers of personal data to and from the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland, following a possible ‘no deal’ Brexit has been published by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC).

The organisation warned that Irish and Irish-based companies that manage private personal data will be required to ensure data being transferred to the UK is done so lawfully following a possible March 29 date the UK leaving the European Union. From that date, in the event of no exit deal being agreed, the UK must be treated as any other non-EU State and would not enjoy the existing free movement of data that it currently does.

Full article: Irish Data Protection Advisory Releases Guidance on Data Consequences following ‘No Deal Brexit’ – Compliance Junction

Beware Big Tech’s Data Privacy Doublespeak

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty inveighed against big tech companies abusing people’s data at a privacy conference in Brussels.

Now IBM finds itself uncomfortably lumped in with the offenders. The office of the city attorney of Los Angeles has filed suit against an IBM subsidiary for allegedly “deceiving users” about the business unit’s questionable data privacy practices, as the lawsuit states.

Full article: Beware Big Tech’s Data Privacy Doublespeak | Fortune

The value of consent and user preference

The GDPR and related legislation are a direct response to the growing consumer need for transparency in data usage – covering the purposes of data collection and its application.

There is a lot to be gained by championing greater consumer choice, not just trust that helps build stronger relationships, but also increased insight. In practice, this means offering a clear consent option. But while consent is core to operating ethically, it is crucial not to forget about user experience.

Full article: Reaching global equilibrium: The value of consent and user preference – Marketing Land

CNIL Fines French Telecom Operator for Data Security Failure

On December 27, 2018, the French Data Protection Authority (the “CNIL”) announced that it imposed a fine of €250,000 on French telecom operator Bouygues Telecom for failing to protect the personal data of the customers of its mobile package B&YOU.

Full article: CNIL Fines French Telecom Operator for Data Security Failure

Austrian DPA Issues Decision on Validity of Cookie Consent Solution

On November 30, 2018, the Austrian Data Protection Authority published a decision in response to a complaint received from an individual regarding the cookie consent options offered on an Austrian newspaper’s website.

Full article: Austrian DPA Issues Decision on Validity of Cookie Consent Solution | Privacy & Information Security Law Blog

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