If your organisation shares personal data with businesses in the European Economic Area (EEA), you will need to take steps to ensure you continue to comply with data protection laws if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. What is personal data? Personal data refers to any information that can be used to identify a living individual, including a customer’s name, their physical or IP address, or HR functions such as staff working hours and payroll details. Although the UK’s own data protection standards would remain the same, how personal data is transferred from the EU/EEA to the UK would change. This could affect your organisation. Therefore, if your organisation receives personal data from organisations in the EU you should consider, with your EEA partners, what changes you may need to make to ensure that data can continue to flow after the exit date. These changes will affect organisations both large and small. Organisations should as a priority, review whether they … [Read more...] about Businesses need to take steps to comply with data protection laws if UK leaves the EU without a deal
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An office that's responsible for enforcing European data privacy laws against many of the biggest U.S. tech firms is spending much of its time on one company: Facebook. The Ireland Data Protection Commission said in a report that as of Dec. 31 it had 15 ongoing investigations of multinational tech companies. Ten of the investigations were about Facebook or its subsidiaries, Instagram and WhatsApp. One of the investigations into Facebook is especially wide-ranging, examining whether the social network has met its obligations "to secure and safeguard the personal data of its users." Twitter faces a similar probe, the report says. The report, released early on Thursday on Dublin time, underscores how much Facebook's handling of sensitive personal data is dominating legal and policy debates about privacy — and how much potential regulatory danger the social network faces in Europe, where privacy laws are more strict than in the U.S. Facebook has been battered by a series of privacy … [Read more...] about A European data privacy office has 15 open investigations. Ten are about Facebook.
News / UK and world by Press Association January 21, 2019, 4:31 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter France’s data privacy watchdog has fined Google 50 million euros (£44 million), the first penalty for a US tech giant under new European data privacy rules that took effect last year. The National Data Protection Commission said it fined the US internet giant for “lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent” regarding ad personalisation for users. The commission said users were “not sufficiently informed” about what they were agreeing to. It is the biggest regulatory enforcement action since the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in May. Google said in a statement it is “deeply committed” to transparency and user control as well as GDPR consent requirements and is deciding its “next … [Read more...] about Google fined £44m under EU data privacy law
Home In-Depth Reporting California’s new data privacy law could… Privacy Law By Jason Tashea January 2019 Shutterstock This past November, Californians were going to have the opportunity to vote on a sweeping data privacy ballot initiative. The language was set, the signatures were collected, but the initiative never made it to the ballot. Photo of Alastair Mactaggart courtesy of Alastair Mactaggart. A creation of Alastair Mactaggart, a wealthy Bay Area real estate developer, the initiative aimed to bring accountability to the data economy. “I wanted to start to address how we as consumers can get control of our information,” says Mactaggart, who spent more than $3 million on the campaign. While the initiative polled well with the public, there was significant criticism. “We were strongly opposed to it,” says Kevin McKinley, director of California government affairs for the Internet Association, an industry group. He says the bill was … [Read more...] about California’s new data privacy law could change how companies do business in the Golden State
The Spanish senate approved Wednesday a controversial online data protection law which critics say will allow political parties to target voters with ads based on their internet browsing history. The law was approved in Spain's upper house of parliament with 220 votes in favour and 21 against. It aims to make Spanish law comply with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into force in May. Among other things, the GDPR boosts people's right to be forgotten and guarantee free, easy access to personal data. It also requires businesses to inform people about data breaches that could negatively impact them. But the Spanish law included an amendment which allows political parties to "use personal data obtained from web pages and other publicly accessible sources to carry out political activities" during election campaign periods. The law stipulates that people who do not … [Read more...] about Spain just passed a data protection law that allows ‘party political profiling’