Mark your calendars: Compliance Week’s National Conference in Washington, D.C. will be held in person for the first time in nearly three years from May 16-18, 2022.
Privacy regulators believe there must be a push toward greater international cooperation and enforcement if failure to ensure data protection is to be taken as seriously as other corporate offenses.
Sky Italia was ordered to pay nearly €3.3 million (U.S. $3.8 million) by Italy’s data protection authority Garante for allegedly misusing customer data to make unwanted promotional phone calls.
The Austrian Post is once again appealing what would be a record GDPR fine in the country after successfully defending itself in the first instance. Other recent decisions under the law provide further enforcement trends.
The Irish Data Protection Commission has set out plans to fine Facebook between €28 million and €36 million (U.S. $32 million and $42 million) for violations of the General Data Protection Regulation.
The request by a group of prominent Democratic senators that the Federal Trade Commission launch rulemaking on data privacy signals Congress is not close to passing a federal law anytime soon, experts say.
The nation’s first state data privacy agency has selected former FTC Chief Technologist Ashkan Soltani to serve as its executive director overseeing enforcement and rulemaking of the CCPA and, eventually, the CPRA.
Experts weigh in on the Irish Data Protection Commission’s €225 million (U.S. $267 million) GDPR fine against WhatsApp, which saw the European Data Protection Board rule to increase the fine total and compliance obligations.
The Securities and Exchange Commission charged App Annie with securities fraud—the agency’s first enforcement action against an alternative data provider.
Ireland’s Data Protection Commission announced a record-breaking €225 million (U.S. $267 million) fine against WhatsApp that is equally significant for the compliance lessons it imparts and inconsistency of the GDPR it exposes.
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The United Kingdom announced plans to strike independent data adequacy decisions with key countries—including the United States—as part of its post-Brexit economic strategy.
China is set to enact a tough data privacy law that mirrors the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation in content but likely will be more strictly enforced, experts say.
T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert lamented the recent breach of company servers that led to a hacker stealing the personal information of nearly 55 million customers, but said the company is “fully committed to take our security efforts to the next level.”
The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office’s fine against pharmacy Doorstep Dispensaree for violations of the General Data Protection Regulation has been slashed approximately two-thirds on appeal to £92,000 (U.S. $126,000).
A “highly sophisticated” cyber-attack illegally accessed nearly 55 million customer records of mobile phone carrier T-Mobile, the largest such attack against the company that has been hit at least four previous times since 2018.
The Hamburg data protection authority has warned local government departments to stop using Zoom because it believes the videoconferencing app is not compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation.
Experts weigh in on the results of a report from the European Data Protection Board showing which countries have seen the most GDPR fines annulled or modified following court appeal.
Cyber-attacks catch most companies and their customers off guard, but T-Mobile, the victim of at least five data breaches since 2018, had many red flags indicating its vulnerability ahead of its latest incident.
In the post-GDPR era, data privacy has taken center stage yet again due to digital transformation across the globe. Governments everywhere are enforcing more robust data protection guidelines to address new digital interactions between enterprises and consumers.
A new report from the European Data Protection Board has found an overwhelming majority of data protection authorities believe they are under-resourced to deal with the demands of the General Data Protection Regulation.
Recent fines in Italy against two food delivery companies for violating the privacy of their drivers should act as a warning that employee surveillance can prove to be a major breach of the General Data Protection Regulation.
A recent survey from Compliance Week and OpenText reveals while investigations and data volumes are on the rise, machine learning combined with external expertise may give companies the upper hand in accelerating response and results.
Plaid has reached a $58 million settlement with a group of customers who claimed the FinTech company sold their bank transaction histories to third parties without their consent.
Italy’s data protection authority Garante fined U.K.-based food delivery company Deliveroo €2.5 million (U.S. $3 million) under the GDPR for violating the privacy rights of its Italian drivers.
Zoom has agreed to a preliminary class-action settlement with terms that would require the video-conferencing platform to establish an $85 million fund and improve its data privacy and security practices.
A federal judge in California dismissed a lawsuit alleging a data breach at Walmart was a violation of the California Consumer Privacy Act, noting the plaintiff failed to prove a breach occurred.
Amazon disclosed it has received notice of a €746 million (U.S. $887 million) GDPR fine in Luxembourg for unlawful processing of personal data. The company intends to appeal the penalty, which would be more than 15 times the current record under the law.
The Dutch Data Protection Authority imposed a €750,000 (U.S. $883,000) fine on TikTok for violating the privacy of young children following a wide-scale investigation launched last year.
California Attorney General Rob Bonta commemorated one year of CCPA enforcement with praise for the law despite there not yet being a publicly announced fine against a business.
Italy’s data protection authority fined food delivery company Foodinho €2.6 million (U.S. $3.1 million) because the app at the core of its business model allegedly discriminated against employees.
The Colorado Privacy Act largely mirrors its predecessors in California and Virginia but includes greater fines per violation of $20,000. The law is set to take effect July 1, 2023.
British Airways has settled one of the U.K.’s largest group actions after thousands of people sought compensation following a 2018 data breach that resulted in the airline being fined under the GDPR.
Will states be able to move forward with their own privacy laws? A provision in a recent bill passed in Florida may be a stumbling block.
Companies’ priorities regarding compliance with the GDPR are likely to become more focused because of a mixture of recent legal decisions and efforts by the European Commission to keep privacy rules in sync with changes in technology.
A popular saying among security, privacy and corporate compliance circles is “trust, but verify”. It’s a popular saying because it neatly captures so much of what compliance professionals have to do: collecting evidence to verify compliance.
The latest set of standard contractual clauses for companies transferring data between the European Union and third countries, such as the United States, is meant to align more closely with the GDPR and root out government snooping.
Your organization might be using HITRUST to manage multiple compliance initiatives, including HIPAA, NIST and the ISOs. The framework sets up a good set of practices that lend well to various privacy regulations and standards, yet connecting all that data for fast reporting is where most organization’s hit a wall.
The EU’s top court ruled any of the bloc’s national data protection authorities can pursue a privacy complaint against Facebook or any other Big Tech firm and not just the supervisory authority where the company has its European headquarters.
Amazon reportedly faces a fine of more than $425 million under the GDPR that would show EU regulators firmly have Big Tech companies—and their practices—in their crosshairs.
European investigations into whether Amazon and Microsoft’s cloud-based services infringe EU privacy rules have once again shone a spotlight on how—and when—the United States and the European Union intend to come up with a new Privacy Shield.
Data protection authorities issued 287 known GDPR fines between March 2020 and March 2021—a 120 percent increase in frequency, according to a new report from CMS.
Experts believe the GDPR is largely “future-proof,” though fine decisions that vary considerably from one EU country to the next and lack of transparency remain areas of concern for the privacy law three years in.
Despite its achievements, the General Data Protection Regulation’s flaws have become evident. Some are already questioning whether the regulation—and the way it is regulated—are fit for purpose and whether the law needs to be changed.
A recent survey of 100 executives from Fortune 500 companies found more than half are struggling to balance easy access to company data with privacy and security compliance under laws like the GDPR and CCPA.
An enforcement provision allowing customers to sue businesses that misuse their personal data is a key stumbling point for state-level data privacy legislation.
With various levels of defined risk and the potential for steep fines for offenders, the European Commission’s recent proposal to ensure trust in the use of artificial intelligence should receive urgent attention from industries beyond Big Tech.
Irish Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon and European Data Protection Supervisor Wojciech Wiewiórowski are among those who believe the one-stop shop provision of the GDPR needs to be reformed for the long term.
Two lawmakers sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging the agency to investigate Google Play for potentially violating children’s privacy.
The threat of fines has done more to focus boardroom attention on data privacy and effective cyber-security than any other measure, U.K. Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham believes.