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Brexit Party under investigation for ‘failing to hand over personal data’

An investigation into Nigel Farage’s party has been launched by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) launched the investigation in response to complaints the Brexit Party had failed to answer requests for data.

Source: Brexit Party under investigation for ‘failing to hand over personal data’ | Science & Tech News | Sky News

Europe’s First Big Privacy Crackdown on Big Tech Is Coming Next Year

The Irish Data Protection Commission was due to give its draft decision on a WhatsApp privacy case in December, but it’s now pushed back into early January.

The draft decision was expected to say how big a fine WhatsApp owner Facebook was liable to pay—under the law, potential fines run as high as 4% of global annual revenues. However, a procedural complaint by WhatsApp’s lawyers has now shoved that decision into next year.

Source: GDPR: Europe’s First Big Privacy Crackdown on Big Tech Is Being Delayed By WhatsApp’s Procedural Concerns | Fortune

What if our personal data is less the ‘new oil’ and more like uranium?

Organisations are blundering about with our personal information with little idea of how to handle it safely, or even what to do with it.

“Data as oil” has been the default metaphor to describe the way the capture, processing and repurposing of our personal information is changing the world. And like oil, it may get a little messy when some of the resource is compromised or someone drills in the wrong place but, hey, isn’t that the price of progress?

Full article: What if our personal data is less the ‘new oil’ and more like uranium? | Peter Lewis | Australia news | The Guardian

IAB Releases Specifications for CCPA Compliance Framework

IAB Tech Lab is releasing version 1.0 of the technical specifications for the IAB CCPA Compliance Framework.

The Framework supports compliance with the CCPA for the digital advertising ecosystem. The finalized specifications have been updated, and the IAB Tech Lab working group has developed a roadmap for continued iteration.

Source: IAB Tech Lab Releases V1 Technical Specifications for IAB CCPA Compliance Framework for Publishers & Technology Companies – IAB Tech Lab

Microsoft updates terms on data privacy amid EU probe

Microsoft said it was updating the privacy provisions of its commercial cloud contracts after European regulators found its deals with European Union institutions failed to protect data in line with EU law.

The EDPS, the EU’s data watchdog, opened an investigation in April to assess whether Microsoft’s contracts with the European Commission and other EU institutions met data protection rules. It raised concerns about compliance in October.

Source: Microsoft updates terms on data privacy amid EU probe – Reuters

Facebook Earns $132.80 From Your Data per Year

The newly released files indicate that between 2013 and 2015, moves that Facebook touted as protecting consumer privacy—like stopping Six4Three and other companies from accessing the names, photos, and likes of their users’ Facebook friends—were really about safeguarding the economic value of consumers’ data.

Leaked documents reveal that Facebook’s average revenue per user in the United States and Canada totaled $132.80 in the past four quarters—seven times more than the $18.70 average revenue per U.S. and Canadian user in 2013. But more importantly, Facebook executives worried that new social networks and messaging apps could get started using Facebook’s data as a jumping-off point.

 

Source: Facebook’s Six4Three Pikinis lawsuit emails explain why your data is so valuable.

Inherently identifiable: Is it possible to anonymize health and genetic data?

Nearly 25 million people have taken an at-home DNA testing kit and shared that data with one of four ancestry and health databases.

With this proliferation of genetic testing and biometric data collection, there should be an increased scrutiny of the practices used to deidentify this data. Biometric data, namely genetic information and health records, is innately identifiable.

But can biometric data ever truly be anonymized, what are the methods of deidentification and best practices, and the current state of biometric data under the EU General Data Protection Regulation?

Full article: Inherently identifiable: Is it possible to anonymize health and genetic data?

As Apple stakes out an aggressive pro-privacy stance, Google occupies middle ground

The ad industry has been bracing for more privacy-focused upheaval in the coming months, from lawmakers and data regulators or from privacy-zealous browsers. As Google has put forward alternative plans for a privacy-focused and ad-funded web, it has also been asking the industry for feedback. This is a markedly different approach to Apple’s muscular stance of ultimate user privacy by default.

Google, as a predominantly ad-funded business with a lot more skin in the game, is revealing itself to be much more collaborative with the industry as it’s forming its approach. , Google has been exploring what restricted third-party cookie use in Chrome would look like by releasing industry research on how it would impact publisher revenue, laying out proposals for building a more private web, and using machine learning to manage ad frequency.

Full article: As Apple stakes out an aggressive pro-privacy stance, Google occupies middle ground – Digiday

Data Protection Commissioner investigating micro-targeting on social media

The Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon has said her office is conducting a number of investigations into the micro-targeting of individuals on large social media platforms as it raised issues of compliance with new General Data Protection Regulation rules.

Current investigations are open into the use of platforms, data brokers, and ad exchanges. Micro-targeting individuals with specific content has the potential of amplifying the harmful effects of disinformation. Commissioner hopes to conclude all investigations by next year.

Source: Data Protection Commissioner investigating micro-targeting on social media

Data and privacy could be competition concerns

The Justice Department’s top antitrust official warned tech giants on Friday that amassing vast quantities of consumers’ data could create competition concerns in the eyes of federal regulators, marking the U.S. government’s latest shot across the bow at Silicon Valley and its size.

Makan Delrahim, the chief of the department’s antitrust division, said people’s private information had become the lucrative “oil” for the digital age — and its misuse could threaten to harm consumers and corporate competitors.

While Delrahim did not mention any specific company by name, the comments could have vast implications at a moment when the agency is investigating tech giants including Google.

Source: DOJ issues new warning to big tech: Data and privacy could be competition concerns – The Washington Post

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