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Google says it will no longer save a complete record of every search

Google will no longer save a complete record of every search made by new users, the company says, as it launches a push to promote its privacy credentials against concerted competition from arch-rival Apple.

The company will now automatically delete its saved records of a new user’s activity on the web and in its apps after 18 months. Previously, such information had been kept indefinitely by default, which the company argued was necessary to personalise its services for individual users.

Source: Google says it will no longer save a complete record of every search | Google | The Guardian

ICO Teams Up with CMA and Ofcom in Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum

On July 1, 2020, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) launched a joint endeavor with the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) and Office of Communications (“Ofcom”), named the Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum (“DRCF”).

The DRCF is intended to promote collaboration between the three regulators and pool their collective expertise with regard to data, privacy, competition, communications and content in digital markets and services. It also intends to engage regularly with the UK government.

Source: ICO Teams Up with CMA and Ofcom in Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum

EDPS Investigation into EU institutions’ use of Microsoft products and services

EDPS issued a Public Paper detailing its findings and recommendations on the use of Microsoft products and services by EU institutions.

These findings may help any public administrations when contracting ICT services, because of the similarities between the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 which applies to the EU institutions.

Source: The Hague Forum: Reinforcing cooperation for fair IT contracts in Europe | European Data Protection Supervisor

Tech companies to pay $100,000 for collecting data on kids without parental consent

Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that California-based technology company Super Basic LLC and its parent company Maple Media LLC will pay $100,000 to resolve an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office.

Ferguson’s investigation found the companies’ social media platform, “We Heart It,” allowed children to create accounts, collected their personal information and allowed third-party advertisers to collect data from them, all without legally required parental consent.

Source: AG Ferguson: Tech companies to pay $100,000 for violating Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act by collecting data on kids without parental consent | Washington State

House Investigating Company Selling Phone Location Data to Government Agencies

A Democratic-led committee said it was conducting an investigation of the products sold by data broker Venntel.

The Democratic-led House Committee on Oversight and Reform has opened an investigation into the sale of the location data drawn from millions of U.S. mobile phones to law-enforcement agencies. Venntel Inc. is a Virginia-based data broker and software company that has contracts with the Department of Homeland Security.

Source: House Investigating Company Selling Phone Location Data to Government Agencies – WSJ

Pub ‘check-in’ apps provoke fresh privacy concerns

With pubs and restaurants required to collect customer data for contact tracing when they reopen, data privacy risks will be heightened.

The potential for pubs to mismanage, mishandle or lose that data in breaches or leaks has the potential to put the pub-going public at massive risk, says privacy experts.

Full article: Pub ‘check-in’ apps provoke fresh privacy concerns

GDPR Enforcement Loosens Amid Pandemic

The European Union has given some organizations more breathing room to remedy violations, yet no one should think regulators are planning to abandon the privacy legislation in the face of COVID-19.

While many expected GDPR to lead to “mega-fines” to punish organizations for data breaches and other failures to protect European consumer data after it first went into effect in 2018, punitive action thus far has depended on which country regulators are based.

Full article: GDPR Enforcement Loosens Amid Pandemic

UK caves in to EU demand to share criminal suspects’ data

Council of the EU had warned UK could be excluded from crime-fighting system if it didn’t ‘review’ its data-sharing policy.

The British government plans to grant the EU access to data on British-based criminal suspects, after years of pressure from the bloc.

Security Minister James Brokenshire announced Monday that following a review of the policy of limiting data sharing via the so-called Prüm system of law enforcement, the U.K. government now intends to start exchanging suspects’ data held in England, Wales and Northern Ireland with EU countries.

Source: UK caves in to EU demand to share criminal suspects’ data – POLITICO

UK’s post-Brexit data deals ‘will go further than EU ever could’

The UK government has outlined an ambitious plan to reach a set of international agreements on data that it claims is now possible due to leaving the European Union.

With Brexit on the horizon, the government has set out a four-pillared strategy for global digital trade, with the cornerstone a set of free trade agreements that allow the freeflow of data and data localisation between the UK and Asia-Pacific countries.

However, these ambitions have been outlined despite no guarantees the UK will continue to enjoy the freeflow of data with EU nations, as it currently does, with the prospect of a no-deal Brexit still very much in play.

Source: UK’s post-Brexit data deals ‘will go further than EU ever could’ | IT PRO

EU watchdog sets up TikTok task force, warns on Clearview AI software

Chinese video app TikTok’s practices are to be examined by an EU task force, the bloc’s privacy watchdog said on Wednesday, which also warned EU police forces against using facial recognition software from U.S. company Clearview AI.

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) said it would set up a task force to assess TikTok’s activities across the bloc after a request from an EU lawmaker concerned about its data collection methods and security and privacy risks. The task force will coordinate potential actions and seek an overview of TikTok’s processing and practices across the EU, the EDPB said in a statement.

Source: EU watchdog sets up TikTok task force, warns on Clearview AI software – Reuters

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