The European Data Protection Board and the European Data Protection Supervisor have adopted a joint opinion on the European Commission Implementing Decision on Standard Contractual Clauses Between Controllers and Processors. The aim is to ensure consistency and a correct application of Article 28 GDPR as regards the presented Draft SCCs that could serve as standard contractual clauses in compliance with Article 28 (7) Regulation (EU) 2016/679 and Article 29 (7) Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 .
In collaboration with the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, Singapore University of Technology and Design, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and the Personal Data Protection Commission have released Singapore’s first guide that helps companies manage AI’s impact on employees, and prepare for the future of work.
The Information Commissioner’s Office has published its Data Sharing Code of Practice on 17 December. The code, and the hub of new resources, provides practical advice to businesses and organisations on how to carry out responsible data sharing.
The Data Protection Commission has imposed an administrative fine of €450,000 on Twitter. The draft decision in this inquiry, having been submitted to other Concerned Supervisory Authorities under Article 60 of the GDPR in May of this year, was the first one to go through the Article 65 (“dispute resolution”) process since the introduction of the GDPR and was the first Draft Decision in a “big tech” case on which all EU supervisory authorities were consulted as Concerned Supervisory Authorities.
On December 7, 2020, the CNIL fined Google LLC and Google Ireland Limited with a total fine of 100 million euros, in particular for deploying advertising cookies on the google.fr visitors’ devices without prior consent and for not meeting transparency requirements.
The CNIL has fined Amazon Europe Core 35 million euros for placing advertising cookies on users' computers on the amazon.fr site without prior consent and for not informing them about cookies properly.
The Department of Justice has announced a settlement in which DISH Network LLC will pay $126 million in civil penalties to the United States in violation of the Federal Trade Commission's Telemarketing Sales Rule and $84 million to four states for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, for a total settlement of $210 million.
The proposed amendments to the Personal Data Protection Act to address Singapore’s evolving digital economy needs, and related amendments to the Spam Control Act, were passed in the Parliament on 2 November 2020.
The Federal Trade Commission announced on 9th November, a settlement with Zoom Video Communications, that will require the company to implement a comprehensive security program, a prohibition on privacy and security misrepresentations.
The Information Commissioner's Office found that the company failed to put appropriate security measures in place to prevent a cyber-attack on a chat-bot installed on its online payment page. Ticketmaster’s failure to protect customer information is a breach of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has issued its report on the investigation into the offline marketing services of the data broking industry and, in particular, the activities of the UK’s three largest credit reference agencies Experian Limited, Equifax Limited, and the relevant entities within the TransUnion group of companies (TransUnion International UK Limited and Callcredit Marketing Limited).
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has issued new detailed Guidance on the Right of Access. The previous Subject Access Code of Practice had been issued under the previous Data Protection Act and the ICO has announced it will be updated.
Facial recognition at airports can automate and speed up moving of passengers by replacing the control of travel and identity documents. Since it carries higher risk to the rights and freedoms of individuals, the CNIL has issued a set of recommendations to consider when implementing facial recognition at airports.
Securing an information system is essential to guarantee that the customers’ personal data is not stolen or compromised. SQL injection is a widespread attack, which can cause serious harm to individuals. It can allow a remote control of the server or installing a keylogger. The CNIL recommends how to protect against SQL attack and what to do in the case of becoming a victim of the attack.
Association of German Data Protection Authorities (“Datenschutzkonferenz” or “DSK”) has issued a paper on employee data protection outlining what employers in private sector have to take into account when processing employee personal data.
The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HmbBfDI) has issued a fine of 35,258,707.95 Euros against H&M Hennes & Mauritz Online Shop A.B. & Co KG. The company is registered in Hamburg and operates a service center in Nuremberg.
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is running a consultation about an updated version of the Statutory guidance on how the ICO will exercise its data protection regulatory functions of information notices, assessment notices, enforcement notices and penalty notices. This consultation closes on November 12, 2020
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announce that Premera Blue Cross had agreed to pay $6.85 million to the Office for Civil Rights at the HHS and to implement a corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy and Security Rules related to a breach affecting over 10.4 million people.
The European Commission has issued a report on Ethics of Connected and Automated Vehicles - Recommendations on road safety, privacy, fairness, explainability and responsibility. It contains 20 recommendations concerning the future development and use of connected and automated vehicles.
The European Data Protection Board has published Guidelines 07/2020 on the concepts of controller and processor in the GDPR version for public consultation. Comments should be sent by October 19, 2020.
The Irish Data Protection Commission has issued Guidance to individuals and organizations who accidentally receive personal data, and Guidance to controllers who lose control over personal data in those circumstances.
The CNIL, French Data Protection Authority, has published its new Control Charter which contains information on how CNIL enforces GDPR and the Data Protection Act. The CNIL has several missions and powers, including the possibility of controlling and sanctioning organizations.
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) has published the new Privacy Guide for Businesses. The Guide provides the summary of the PIPEDA and an overview of the CASL. It also addresses important points when dealing with data breaches and provides information on how to obtain a meaningful consent.
For the first time since the GDPR came into force, a matter has been referred to the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) to adopt the binding decision under Article 65 of the GDPR. In May 2020, the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has submitted the draft decision in relation to a statutory inquiry it has completed into Twitter, to other concerned Supervisory Authorities for their opinions and views.
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has issued the Notifiable Data Breaches Report for the period from January to June 2020. The Commissioner, Angelene Falk, has said that malicious or criminal attacks including cyber incidents remain the leading cause of data breaches involving personal information in Australia.
The Office of the Comptroller (OCC) has issued an $80 million civil penalty against Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N.A. and mandated them to strengthen their compliance programme by appointing a compliance committee and developing comprehensive action plan to comply with the order. This decision is the result of failing to establish effective risk assessment processes prior to migrating significant information technology operations to the public cloud environment and the bank's failure to correct the deficiencies in a timely manner. In taking this action, the OCC positively considered the bank's customer notification and remediation efforts
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued the Guidance on AI and data protection (Guidance). It provides a framework for auditing AI, focusing on best practices for data protection compliance. It provides a clear methodology to audit AI applications and ensure they process personal data fairly – something ICO has highlighted as the key challenge for artificial intelligence processing personal data.
The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has issued answers to the questions they have received from the EU data protection authorities (DPAs) about the Schrems 2 case. In essence, the EDPB follows the position of the CJEU. If you are still unclear on what to do in the days after the CJEU decision this short summary of the FAQs can help.
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework and found that Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC) for data transfers between EU and non-EU countries are valid. This was the outcome of the CJEU decision C-311/18 – Facebook Ireland and Schrems issued on July 16th 2020.
When Google and Apple have announced that they had been developing contact tracing app in which users’ privacy and security will be central to the design, government across the world used the code to develop contact tracing apps and they have been downloaded more than 20 million times. They have said that they will ban the use of the of location tracking in the apps and they will focus on the use of Bluetooth technology.
The UK Information Commissioner's Office has published it 2019-2020 annual report. It covers a key period in data protection and broader information rights. The report is split into three sections: the performance report, the accountability report and it is concluded with the ICO's financial statements .
New Zealand’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) has issued the new bi-weekly newsletter. It contains the news about the Privacy Act 2020, recent privacy survey, the new Privacy Act 2020 e-learning module, details of the Commissioner’s promotions of the new Privacy Act and the schedule of the Simply Privacy workshops.
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