EU: Commission could have a Facebook decision for privacy cases

EU: Commission could have a Facebook decision for privacy cases

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission has the power to levy billions of euros in fines and aims to send proposed decisions to other EU regulators by the end of September. The Journal reported that The European Union could begin to hit Facebook with decisions under the bloc’s […]

EU: EC refers Spain and Greece to court over data law

EU: EC refers Spain and Greece to court over data law

The European Commission decided Thursday, July 25, to refer Greece and Spain to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to transpose the EU rules on personal data protection (the Data Protection Law Enforcement Directive, Directive (EU) 2016/680). In April 2016, the Council and the European Parliament agreed the Directive had to be […]

EU: Vestager closes in on Amazon investigation

EU: Vestager closes in on Amazon investigation

The European Commission is nearing a decision on its investigation into Amazon, with the European Union competition chief saying over the weekend that the Commission has gathered a lot of information on the eCommerce company. According to a report in Seeking Alpha, EU Competition Chief Margrethe Vestager said the Commission gathered “a lot of data” […]

UK: Drivers File GDPR Lawsuit Against Uber

UK: Drivers File GDPR Lawsuit Against Uber

Four UK Uber drivers are filing a lawsuit against the company for alleged violations of EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law, according to a report by CNBC. The drivers claim that Uber is “failing to honor its obligations” under the law. GDPR rules state that individuals have a right to their own data, even […]

EU: Google GDPR complaint suggests personal data misuse

EU: Google GDPR complaint suggests personal data misuse

A General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) complaint shows that Google may have misused people’s personal data and categorized them in highly sensitive ways, according to reports. Google’s ad technology apparently labels users depending on their internet activity, noted a report in TechCrunch. What’s more, they’re labeled with tags like cancer, mental health, right- or left-wing […]

France: Google hit with US$57M GDPR fine

France: Google hit with US$57M GDPR fine

France’s data privacy watchdog has fined Google €50 million (US$57 million), the first penalty for a US tech giant under new European data privacy rules that took effect last year, reported the Walls Street Journal. The National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) announced Monday, January 21, it fined the US internet giant for “lack of transparency, […]

Global: Regulators Ask EU For GDPR Exemptions

Global: Regulators Ask EU For GDPR Exemptions

Regulators from North America, Great Britain and Asia have requested a formal exemption from the European Union’s new data privacy law that they said could potentially interfere with cross-border investigations. According to Reuters, officials warn that if the EU won’t grant the exemption from the bloc’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), it could jeopardize international […]

EU: Facebook, Google get hit with GDPR suits totaling US$8.8b

EU: Facebook, Google get hit with GDPR suits totaling US$8.8b

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is newly on the books in the European Union, but that hasn’t stopped Facebook and Google from being hit with a handful of lawsuits having to do with how they share data. The Verge, citing the lawsuits, reported they are seeking to hit Facebook and Google with fines that […]

EU: Mammoth new data-protection law comes into effect

EU: Mammoth new data-protection law comes into effect

Global Data Protection Rules (GDPR) will be applicable in Europe from May 25, 2018, and businesses, if not compliant, will see hefty penalties. Protection of consumer data is an oft-spoken subject the world over, and Europe will soon become the first to enforce regulation with regard to it. The regulation was passed in April 2016, […]