By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Jehovah’s Witnesses must obtain consent from people before they take down their personal details during door-to-door preaching in order to comply with EU data privacy rules, Europe’s top court ruled on Tuesday. The case arose after Finland in 2013 banned Jehovah’s Witnesses from collecting personal data during door-to-door visits. The U.S.-based Christian denomination, which says it has more than 8 million followers worldwide, challenged the decision, saying that its preaching should be considered a personal religious activity and as such the notes taken down during such visits are also personal. A Finnish court subsequently asked the Luxembourg-based Court of the Justice of the European Union (ECJ) for advice, which said on Tuesday that such religious activity is not covered by exemptions granted to personal activity. “A religious community, such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, is a controller, jointly with its … [Read more...] about EU court says Jehovah’s Witnesses must comply with data privacy laws in door-to-door preaching
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Danica Kirka, Associated Press Updated 5:00 am, Friday, May 25, 2018 Photo: Matt Dunham, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 The founder and CEO of "My Nametags" Lars Andersen, originally from Norway, poses for photographs by a sheet label "weeding machine" at his business premises in London, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Starting Friday, May 25, 2018, My Nametags and most other companies that collect or process the personal information of EU residents must comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation, which the EU calls the most sweeping change in data protection rules in a generation. less The founder and CEO of "My Nametags" Lars Andersen, originally from Norway, poses for photographs by a sheet label "weeding machine" at his business premises in London, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Starting Friday, ... more Photo: Matt Dunham, AP … [Read more...] about Amid confusion, EU data privacy law goes into effect
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen warned on Tuesday that a European data privacy law taking effect next month may have “unintended consequences” that harm the United States’ ability to protect itself from cyber attacks. FILE PHOTO: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testifies before a House Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on FY2019 Department of Homeland Security on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 11, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas The European Union law, called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is the biggest overhaul of online privacy since the birth of the internet, giving Europeans the right to know what data is stored on them and the right to have it deleted. Online data privacy is important and contextual across borders and different cultures, Nielsen said during a keynote appearance at the RSA cyber security conference in San Francisco. But … [Read more...] about U.S. official warns of ‘unintended consequences’ of European data…
By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Republican U.S. senator warned on Sunday that Facebook Inc <FB.O> may need to be regulated to address concerns about the company’s privacy and foreign propaganda scandals, saying they may be “too big” for the social media company to solve alone. “My biggest worry with all this is that the privacy issue and what I call the propagandist issue are both too big for Facebook to fix, and that’s the frightening part,” Senator John Kennedy said on CBS’s Face the Nation. Asked if lawmakers need to seek regulations on Facebook, Kennedy replied: “It may be the case.” Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg will appear before the U.S. Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees Tuesday to address questions about how his company handles its users’ data. While some Democrats have suggested laws may be required to police Facebook’s data privacy practices or limit foreign interference on … [Read more...] about Republican U.S. senator says Facebook scandals may be ‘too big’ for company to fix alone
For the first time, the U.S. government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages. The use of what are known as cellphone-site simulators by foreign powers has long been a concern, but American intelligence and law enforcement agencies — which use such eavesdropping equipment themselves — have been silent on the issue until now. In a March 26 letter to Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, the Department of Homeland Security acknowledged that last year it identified suspected unauthorized cell-site simulators in the nation’s capital. The agency said it had not determined the type of devices in use or who might have been operating them. Nor did it say how many it detected or where. The agency’s response, obtained by The Associated Press from Wyden’s office, suggests little has been done about such equipment, known … [Read more...] about U.S. suspects cellphone spying devices in D.C.