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Five years of GDPR: Experts forecast changes to come for landmark privacy law
The fifth anniversary of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation coming into force has highlighted the many successes of the legislation but also exposed areas where the law is still untested and unclear.
Record Meta fine brings wider GDPR ramifications for EU-U.S. data transfers
Meta’s latest punishment for breaching the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation will have far-reaching ramifications for companies both in Europe and beyond.
Five years in, GDPR still a lightning rod for criticism
The General Data Protection Regulation risks losing credibility if enforcement is not harmonized and privacy by design is not at the heart of tech innovation, said EU officials during a summit marking the fifth anniversary of the legislation.
Experts: Austrian Post GDPR ruling offers clarity on damages compensation
A decision by Europe’s Supreme Court regarding Austria’s main postal service might make it easier for the bloc’s citizens to bring legal claims for privacy breaches—with potentially unlimited scope for damages.
Big Tech, ad industry bracing for Meta data transfer decision
Meta and other Big Tech firms will soon learn if they might be prevented from transferring the personal data of European citizens to the United States in the way they do now.
Is ChatGPT the privacy problem? Or is GDPR?
Scrutiny into ChatGPT has reignited concerns the General Data Protection Regulation is either stifling innovations in technology or that the legislation is not flexible enough to keep pace with technological advances. Experts weigh in.
‘Divergence is coming’: Experts cast doubt on EU adopting U.K. GDPR reforms
Despite suggestions the European Union could look to the United Kingdom when considering future changes to the General Data Protection Regulation, legal experts question the impact planned U.K. reforms to the privacy law will have on multinational businesses.
BBC-Gary Lineker controversy a lesson in employee social media supervision
The BBC’s widely criticized suspension of soccer commentator Gary Lineker for remarks he made on Twitter should prompt employers to reconsider whether they have the right to discipline employees or contractors for what they do outside of the work environment.
Wyelands Bank case warrants extra scrutiny post-SVB collapse
The details of the Prudential Regulation Authority’s case against Wyelands Bank and the business coming from the group of companies that owned it raise questions about the risks such exposure causes to financial institutions, their customers, and the sector at large.
‘An unexpected stress test’: European banks weathering storm of U.S. failures
Except for Credit Suisse’s demise, Europe has so far largely patted itself on the back for preventing further contagion in the banking sector following the failures of Silicon Valley Bank, Silvergate Bank, and Signature Bank in the United States.
U.K. push for GDPR reprimand transparency draws mixed reviews
The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office began publishing the details of cases where organizations breached the General Data Protection Regulation but were not fined. Legal experts share their take on the initiative.
Privacy Shield replacement on track, though hurdles remain
The agreement on a new framework for transatlantic data flows between the United States and European Union could be finalized this year. Whether it can stand legal scrutiny is the real question.
Ruling in Experian GDPR case thrusts ‘legitimate interest’ into spotlight
Experian won a legal battle against the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office after the data regulator ordered the credit reference agency to make “fundamental changes” over the way it handled personal data for direct marketing purposes or stop altogether.
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EU handbook touts diverse practices for combating corruption
The European Commission published a collection of best practices from each European Union member state that companies and compliance officers might find useful to combat corruption.
GDPR push for privacy by design still ‘a long way off’
Italy’s data protection authority banned U.S.-based AI chatbot creator Replika from processing the personal data of Italian users because of risks the service posed to minors and vulnerable people—the latest example of a tech company’s product running afoul of the GDPR.
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Amigo Loans dodges $89M fine over IT system lending lapses
Amigo Loans faced a penalty of £72.9 million (U.S. $88.7 million) after the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority found it used automated decision-making to drive sales over ensuring whether customers posed credit risks.
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Report: FCA probing Barclays over AML controls
Barclays Bank is reportedly being investigated by the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority for failures regarding its anti-money laundering procedures and controls.
SFO’s Balli Steel win latest to leverage international cooperation
The Serious Fraud Office secured the convictions of two executives at failed British steel trading business Balli Steel on six counts of fraud. Legal experts examine whether “record-breaking” international cooperation in the case served as a crutch for the U.K. regulator.
European labor laws showing teeth in crackdown on gig economy
Recent enforcement cases against food delivery company Glovo and online retailer Amazon in Spain have shone a spotlight on the compliance difficulties associated with engaging workers as freelancers rather than full-time employees.
Experts: New AI laws pose risk of overlap with data protection mandates
Companies are at serious risk of facing multiple fines for the same offense under different sets of legislation if the artificial intelligence technologies they employ misuse personal data or cause harm to consumers, according to legal experts.