Aaron Nicodemus applauds the SEC for taking steps to clarify how companies should disclose economic risks posed by climate change, while Dave Lefort is critical of alleged lapses in data security at Amazon.
Ireland’s data regulator has 27 ongoing cross-border inquiries into Big Tech firms, according to its latest annual report. It expects several cases to be resolved in the coming year.
TikTok has come under the scrutiny of European consumer advocacy organization BEUC, which is urging authorities to put an end to the video sharing platform’s abuse of EU users’ rights—especially those of children.
While big fines against big companies make headlines, Spain and Italy have flown under the radar as two of the most frequent enforcers of the GDPR, instead primarily focusing on smaller penalties. Might other countries follow suit?
Norway’s data privacy watchdog issued gay dating app Grindr with a notice of intention to fine it NOK 100 million (U.S. $11.7 million) for sharing personal data with third parties without users’ consent.
Spain’s data protection authority recently fined CaixaBank €6 million (U.S. $7.3 million) for misuse of customer data, the largest GDPR fine the country has handed out.
A panel discussion on a recent Webcast analyzed common data subject access request compliance challenges, as well as leading practices designed to best comply with the EU’s GDPR and the CCPA in the United States.
The key data regulators that oversee the European Union’s strict privacy regulation agreed to a beefed up set of contractual terms to provide more clarity about the level of protection data transfers to countries outside the EU can enjoy.
British Airways faces the largest group claim ever made in U.K. legal history over a 2018 data breach that exposed the financial and personal details of more than 400,000 of its customers.
Any European Union data protection authority should be allowed to pursue legal action against Big Tech firms over privacy issues, according to an opinion from the advocate general of the region’s top court.
A German data regulator fined an online laptop and electronic goods retailer €10.4 million (U.S. $12.7 million) for video-monitoring employees for at least two years without legal basis.
European data protection authorities need to speed up their decision-making processes—especially with regard to cross-border complaints—before regulators lose patience and find legal means to mete out penalties under national laws instead of the GDPR.
Aaron Nicodemus and Dave Lefort debate whether the Irish Data Protection Commission’s €450,000 (U.S. $547,000) fine against Twitter under the GDPR is an appropriate figure or way too small for the social media company.
Ireland’s first major decision against a Big Tech company under the GDPR has stirred controversy as the country’s data regulator hit Twitter with an underwhelming €450,000 (U.S. $547,000) fine for a 2018 data breach.
Facebook Ireland has set aside €302 million (U.S. $366 million) for possible fines from the Irish Data Protection Commission for violations of the General Data Protection Regulation.
Data privacy watchdog CNIL utilized the French Data Protection Act in fining Google and Amazon a combined €135 million (U.S. $163 million) for illegal cookie practices, sidestepping the “one-stop shop” provision of the GDPR.
Many of the problems European compliance officers faced in 2020 will remain in place going into the new year, but new risks and new regulations will also present new challenges.
In our inaugural video edition of Nailed It or Failed It, Dave Lefort praises Nasdaq’s efforts to get the SEC to require board diversity disclosures, while Kyle Brasseur critiques Vodafone’s numerous run-ins with the GDPR.
Recent GDPR fines against British Airways, Marriott, and Ticketmaster by the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office each saw the regulator dismiss claims by the companies that third parties were primarily responsible for the data breaches in question.
Do the EUs GDPR and California’s CCPA privacy regulations include the right of a data subject to have their personal information completely erased from all enterprise backups as well?
The Italian arm of multinational telecommunications company Vodafone is facing a fine of more than €12.25 million (U.S. $14.5 million) under the General Data Protection Regulation for aggressive telemarketing practices.
The Irish arm of WhatsApp has set aside $91.8 million for possible administrative fines arising from long-standing investigations by Ireland’s data regulator into the way the messaging platform shares data with Facebook.
Continuing a recent trend of massive fine reductions under the General Data Protection Regulation, 1 & 1 Telecom in Germany had its €9.55 million penalty issued last year reduced to €900,000 (U.S. $1.06 million) by a German court.
The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office fined Ticketmaster £1.25 million (U.S. $1.6 million) for its failures relating to a 2018 data breach by a third party.
The European Data Protection Board has issued guidance to help companies transfer data to the United States and other third countries safely after Europe’s top court in July ruled key methods used up until then were either invalid or unsafe.
Lack of clarity on fines has dogged the GDPR since it took effect in May 2018, and the recent dramatic penalty reductions handed down by the U.K. in the cases of British Airways and Marriott certainly won’t help.
The Marriott GDPR fine handed down by the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office is less than 20 percent of the original number the regulator proposed, the second time this month such a drastic reduction has taken place.
The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office issued an enforcement notice against Experian, ordering the credit reference agency to make “fundamental changes” to how it handles personal data related to its direct marketing services.
The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office agreed to slash its intended GDPR fine for British Airways from £183.39 million (U.S. $230 million) to just £20 million (U.S. $26 million). What was behind the massive reduction?
Experts discuss whether EU data protection authorities would be better served using corrective actions other than eye-watering fines to encourage companies to commit to best (and legal) GDPR practices.
In one of the largest GDPR fines imposed, a regional data protection authority in Germany fined H&M Germany €35.2 million (U.S. $41.3 million) for excessive monitoring of several hundred employees by one of the retailer’s subsidiaries.
In the past month three of the world’s largest tech firms have been hit with legal actions that could lead to billion-dollar damages suits for alleged violations of the GDPR. Neil Hodge explores the trend and what to expect moving forward.
A first-of-its-kind lawsuit in the U.K. alleges YouTube unlawfully collects personal information from children without parental consent and harvests their data for advertising purposes, in violation of British and European data privacy laws.
The Irish DPC’s order to Facebook to halt the transfer of European citizens’ personal data to the United States could pose operational and legal challenges that set a precedent for not only other tech giants, but companies generally.
The European Commission this week warned there will be “no quick fix” to replace the now-invalidated Privacy Shield, which governed data transfers between the European Union and United Sates.
It appears Europe’s data authorities are prepared to interpret a key court judgement as they see fit in the absence of definitive guidance from the bloc’s primary privacy regulator.
As Ireland’s first GDPR decision against Big Tech hangs in limbo, experts are scratching their heads as to why a seemingly straightforward case is headed to the EU’s data governing body to rule on.
While it’s not yet clear whether Wells Fargo’s compliance moves (including the loss of its CCO) will pay off, we’re much more certain about the Irish Data Protection Commission’s stance on a potential Twitter fine.
Privacy campaign group NOYB has filed complaints against 101 websites with European operators that it says are still sending data to the U.S. via Google and/or Facebook integrations—potentially in breach of the EU’s strict data privacy rules.
A European privacy group is pursuing multiple class-action lawsuits against Oracle and Salesforce for alleged violations of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, estimating damages sought could exceed €10 billion (U.S. $11.9 billion).
As the fallout from the demise of the Privacy Shield continues to play out, here are a handful of steps companies can take to protect themselves from potential GDPR violations when transferring data between the European Union and the United States.
British Airways has hinted that it will qualify for a nearly 90 percent reduction of its original GDPR fine (U.S. $230 million) and end up paying just $26 million.
The legal and financial burden for companies to comply with the recent ruling to invalidate the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield might actually be worse than first thought, if an FAQ from the European Data Protection Board is any indication.
In a surprise decision that will have a major impact on trans-Atlantic data transfers, Europe’s top court ruled Thursday that a mechanism used by thousands of companies to send data to the United States is unlawful.
Italian telecommunications operator Wind Tre S.p.A has been fined approximately €16.7 million (U.S. $18.6 million) for violating data collection provisions of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.
Belgium’s Data Protection Authority fined Google Belgium €600,000 (U.S. $670,000) for refusing to delete search results linked to a Belgian public official, a provision of the GDPR know as the “right to be forgotten.”
The Irish Data Protection Commission review of its GDPR investigations has come under fire for ignoring Big Tech and lacking information pertinent to inquiries into firms like Apple, Facebook, Google, and more.
The European Commission believes the General Data Protection Regulation is an “overall success” but points to harmonization among member states as an area for improvement.
The top administrative court in France shot down Google’s appeal of a €50 million (U.S. $57 million) fine the tech giant received last year for violations of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.
The European Data Protection Board will establish a task force to acquire a more comprehensive overview of TikTok’s privacy practices and coordinate any potential actions against the company.