One day after Italy’s antitrust regulators announced Facebook has been fined 3 million euros for putting an “excessive emphasis” on the need to agree with new data-sharing terms and conditions following its acquisition of WhatsApp, privacy regulators from the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, and Germany have announced further enforcement actions and investigations.
Elizabeth Denham, UK Information Commissioner, has announced today that she has launched a formal investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes. In response to a question from PL&B, she confirmed in open session at the ICO Conference in March, that the ICO was assessing the use of micro-targeting by the Leave Campaign in the EU referendum. Now the initial look at the role of Cambridge Analytica (CA) and partner companies abroad has broadened into this formal investigation into micro-targeting services.
The penalty is one of the largest fines against the social network and comes amid growing scrutiny of how the company gathers users’ information.
Google’s DeepMind AI wing was given access to the personal medical records of 1.6 million NHS patients on an “inappropriate legal basis,” the UK’s top data protection adviser to the health service has said.
On Tuesday Dutch and French data protection authorities issued fines to Facebook saying that its data handling practices broke their countries’ privacy rules. Authorities said Facebook had not provided users with sufficient control over how their details are used.
Sanctions are part of a growing pushback across the European Union about how Facebook collects data on EU’s residents.
With the proliferation of so-called “fake news”, companies are starting to rely on third party organizations to perform a “fact checking” function in order to distinguish between legitimate news and fake news. The fake news epidemic gained traction in the recent US presidential election. We have previously written about the fake news problem, as well as the UK Government’s plan to tackle the issue.
It used to signal a quiet, anonymous life. Now privacy is a premium that may be out of reach for ordinary citizens.
Security and privacy professionals have been taught to respect the confidentiality, availability and accuracy of data. However, what exactly is role of privacy officers in company? Are they burden to business guarding data of customers and employees? How privacy officers can do their tasks ethically?