Italy: Regulator fines Whatsapp €3m for data sharing

Italy: Regulator fines Whatsapp €3m for data sharing

Italy’s Competition and Markets Authority (AGCM) announced on Friday, May 4, it was imposing a €3 million (USD3.6 million) fine on messaging service Whatsapp for allegedly obliging users to agree to sharing their personal data with its parent company Facebook. All 28 European Union data protection authorities asked Whatsapp in 2017 to stop sharing users’ […]

EU: New privacy rules to aid Google, Facebook?

EU: New privacy rules to aid Google, Facebook?

As tech corporations around the world face mounting pressure from regulatory bodies and consumers seeking more control over their online privacy, new regulation from the European Union could actually serve to strengthen America’s most powerful data-driven advertising businesses, especially in relation to smaller ad tech companies with less-known brands or that don’t have relationships with […]

UK: Artificial intelligence data should be regulated Lords say

UK: Artificial intelligence data should be regulated Lords say

Regulators should review the “potential monopolization of data” by US technology giants in the UK that could hamper homegrown development of artificial intelligence (AI), a report published today by the upper House of the UK parliament said. “The main ways to address these kinds of biases are to ensure that developers are drawn from diverse […]

Australia: Telcos seek clarity about government’s new data access rules

Australia: Telcos seek clarity about government’s new data access rules

Telecommunications industry body Communications Alliance has asked the government to release details of its plan to legislate a “Consumer Data Right”. Assistant Minister for cities and Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor, revealed that the government would introduce legislation giving individual consumers the right to access data that service providers hold about them. The government said that […]

EU-US: Privacy Shield data pact is working but needs improvement, says EC

EU-US: Privacy Shield data pact is working but needs improvement, says EC

After one year of operation, the EU-US data transfer deal Privacy Shield is “working well” but has a lot of “room for improvement”, says the European Commission. More than 2,400 companies are signed up to the voluntary agreement that safeguards the privacy rights of Europeans when their data is transferred to the US. The deal […]

US: LinkedIn told it can’t stop bots from scraping your personal data

US: LinkedIn told it can’t stop bots from scraping your personal data

LinkedIn has been ordered to unblock a startup’s access to its data, concluding a legal debate that sets a precedent for the future. LinkedIn sent a cease and desist letter when HiQ Labs started scraping its data, the practice of extracting user data from social media accounts or websites like Yelp or Wikipedia for business […]

Protecting Consumers in Privacy and Data Security: A Perspective of Information Economics

Posted by Social Science Research Network Protecting Consumers in Privacy and Data Security: A Perspective of Information Economics By Ginger Zhe Jin (University of Maryland) & Andrew Stivers (Federal Trade Commission) Abstract:     This note provides an economic approach to consumer privacy and data security based on the extensive economic literature on how information flows, […]

Coordinating Policies To Realize Benefits From The Digital Economy: The Case Of Mexico

Coordinating Policies To Realize Benefits From The Digital Economy: The Case Of Mexico

By Martin E. Cave & Ernesto Flores-Roux – The degree to which digitization has penetrated most sectors of the economy makes it extremely difficult to quantify its reach. Can we clearly separate brick and mortar business and digital activity? Can we isolate digital advances in typical technological industries from those that apply in less affected industries? […]

Compliance And Enforcement In A Blockchain(ed) World

Compliance And Enforcement In A Blockchain(ed) World

By Ajinkya M. Tulpule – Most legal professionals have come across the term “blockchain” or “bitcoin” as part of their legal advisory work, training sessions, client interaction or news updates. This topic has also been covered by industry publications, websites, magazines and journals which helpfully explain what a blockchain is, what it does and how it […]