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Bounty UK fined £400,000 for sharing personal data unlawfully

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Bounty (UK) Limited £400,000 for illegally sharing personal information belonging to more than 14 million people.

An ICO investigation found that Bounty, a pregnancy and parenting club, collected personal information for the purpose of membership registration through its website and mobile app, merchandise pack claim cards and directly from new mothers at hospital bedsides.

Source: Bounty UK fined £400,000 for sharing personal data unlawfully

The Pitfalls of Personalisation

Hyper-personalisation is often considered the ‘holy grail’ of consumer experiences. It’s convenient, it’s targeted and in an ideal world it’s exactly what the consumer needs. But three quarters of consumers find at least some personalised marketing “somewhat creepy”.

On both sides of the Atlantic, attitudes towards data, privacy and personalisation are shifting. In the US, 57% of consumers say they’re now more concerned about data and privacy than they were a year ago. And 68% would like to see the US adopt a strict data-privacy law, similar to Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In Europe itself, research by the Open Data Institute found that as little as 2% of consumers trust advertisers with their personal data.

Full article: The Pitfalls of Personalisation

ICO: businesses falling short on GDPR accountability

Businesses are falling short of meeting the General Data Protection Regulation’s (GDPR’s) accountability requirements, the UK’s information commissioner has said.

Elizabeth Denham highlighted the issue in a speech at the 2019 Data Protection Practitioners’ Conference on Monday.

Source: ICO: businesses falling short on GDPR accountability

Can Facebook Ever Be Fixed?

From many scandals in 2018 to an actual spyware app the company paid users to download to downright disastrous security practices exposed earlier this year, the Facebook can’t seem to get much right.

In the recent post Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg proposes four new ideas to regulate the internet. However, the hard truth is that Facebook’s own interests diverge — in some cases, wildly — from those of its users. So its trust problem won’t change until its business model does.

Full article: Can Facebook Ever Be Fixed?

Council of Europe issues recommendation on health-related data

On March 28, 2019, the Council of Europe issued a new Recommendation on the protection of health-related data.

The Recommendation calls on all Council of Europe member states to take steps to ensure that the principles for processing health-related data (in both the public and private sector) set out in the Appendix of the Recommendation are reflected in their law and practice.

Source: Council of Europe issues recommendation on health-related data

Inquiry launched into data use from no-deal Brexit ads on Facebook

The information commissioner’s office will use its legal powers to obtain information from Facebook about a secretive network of pro-Brexit advertising campaigns on the social network, following revelations about the involvement of Sir Lynton Crosby’s company in campaigns pushing for a hard no-deal Brexit.

The ICO will look at how any data, potentially including email addresses collected in the process of encouraging people to email their MP, is being handled.

Source: Inquiry launched into data use from no-deal Brexit ads on Facebook | Politics | The Guardian

How to achieve digital governance?

Digital governance is corporate oversight of technologies that use personal or sensitive information, make autonomous decisions or exercise human-like responsibilities. The concept addresses disruptive technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), connected devices (IoT, cars, ubiquitous sensors, etc), and machine learning.

To establish digital governance programmes, companies must:

  1. first structure themselves accordingly,
  2. have a full picture of what they are doing,
  3. create an organisational culture that values fair digital practices.

Full article: Data Protection & Cybersecurity 2019 | Global Practice Guides | Chambers and Partners

ICO responds to Facebook call on governments to tighten internet regulation

The Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham has spoken out following Mark Zuckerberg’s demands for governments to do more to control what gets broadcast over the internet.

Last week, the Facebook chief had an op-ed published in the Washington Post, in which he described how regulation needed to be standardised in areas including privacy, election integrity, and data protection systems.

Source: ICO responds to Facebook call on governments to tighten internet regulation

Data Is the New Opex

As the industry transforms itself, instead of being a line item on the capital expense (capex) side of the house, data tech will continue to become more and more integrated into the back office and ultimately become a business-mandatory operating expense (opex). We already see this with the increasing number of businesses migrating data to the cloud.

Full article: Data Is the New Opex – DATAVERSITY

De-Identification Should Be Relevant to a Privacy Law, But Not an Automatic Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card

The most important definition in any privacy law is the scope of information that is covered by that law. A line must be drawn somewhere between personal and non-personal data, the argument goes , or else laws will capture all information even if it presents no risks to an individual’s privacy.

Full article: De-Identification Should Be Relevant to a Privacy Law, But Not an Automatic Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card

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