What the Great Personal Data Leak of 2021 tells us about Facebook, the GDPR, and privacy

What the Great Personal Data Leak of 2021 tells us about Facebook, the GDPR, and privacy

The fact that personal details of dozens of EU officials are among the latest leak may help to concentrate minds at the DPC.

Facebook Says It’s Your Fault That Hackers Got Half a Billion User Phone Numbers

Facebook Says It’s Your Fault That Hackers Got Half a Billion User Phone Numbers

A blog post titled “The Facts on News Reports About Facebook Data,” published Tuesday evening, is designed to silence the growing criticism the company is facing for failing to protect the phone numbers and other personal information of 533 million users after a database containing that information was shared for free in low level hacking forums over the weekend, as first reported by Business Insider.

Is the GDPR finally going to get some teeth?

Is the GDPR finally going to get some teeth?

The Irish DPC finds itself in this position because of the way that the GDPR works: when there are privacy problems, the cases are brought by the data protection authority of the EU nation in which the company concerned is based.

How privacy activists are fighting on multiple fronts to strengthen EU privacy laws that will have a global impact

How privacy activists are fighting on multiple fronts to strengthen EU privacy laws that will have a global impact

This is similar to a case that Privacy News Online wrote about last year, where the CJEU ruled that pre-ticked boxes for cookies are not valid for consent .

The EU is investigating Instagram for allegedly exposing the contact data of up to 5 million underage users

The EU is investigating Instagram for allegedly exposing the contact data of up to 5 million underage users

It follows a complaint from a US data scientist, who last year said that Instagram allowed underage users to publicly display their phone numbers and email addresses by switching to "business" accounts.

French data protection authority says it can’t trust top US Internet companies with EU personal data – even if they keep it in the EU

French data protection authority says it can’t trust top US Internet companies with EU personal data – even if they keep it in the EU

CNIL points out that its conclusions apply not only to Microsoft hosting the Health Data Hub, but also to all the other kinds of French health data held on systems run by US companies.

Web sites shared over 100 trillion pieces of our personal data last year: time to stop real-time bidding’s blatant disregard of privacy

Web sites shared over 100 trillion pieces of our personal data last year: time to stop real-time bidding’s blatant disregard of privacy

Today, we at the ICCL [Irish Council for Civil Liberties] submitted evidence to the DPC that show the consequence of failure to enforce the GDPR to stop the vast RTB data breach at the heart of the online advertising industry.

Facebook Says it Will Stop Operating in Europe If Regulators Don’t Back Down

Facebook Says it Will Stop Operating in Europe If Regulators Don’t Back Down

In a court filing in Dublin, Facebook said that a decision by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) would force the company to pull up stakes and leave the 410 million people who use Facebook and photo-sharing service Instagram in the lurch.

Top EU data protection agency under pressure to act against Internet giants as GDPR turns 2 years old

Top EU data protection agency under pressure to act against Internet giants as GDPR turns 2 years old

With its public statement, the Irish DPC is trying to signal that it is working hard on these big cases, but Schrems doesn’t think it is making enough progress.

Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?

Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?

In a letter [PDF] sent to data protection authorities in Europe, Thomas Le Bonniec expresses his frustration that, despite exposing in April 2019 that Apple has hired hundreds of people to analyze recordings that its users were unaware had been made, nothing appears to have changed.

Why the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) risks turning into a paper tiger

Why the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) risks turning into a paper tiger

In November 2019, BEUC sent another letter to the DPC, noting: “One year after these complaints were filed, it has yet not been decided whether Google infringed the GDPR.” As Monique Goyens, Director General of BEUC, said: Considering the scale of the problem, which affects millions of European consumers, this investigation should be a priority for the Irish data protection authority.

Israeli spyware used in WhatsApp hack 'can secretly snoop on your Apple, Facebook and Google data'

Israeli spyware used in WhatsApp hack 'can secretly snoop on your Apple, Facebook and Google data'

Potential customers of the Israeli company NSO's hacking software have allegedly been told that the technology can now "surreptitiously scrape all of an individual's data from the servers of Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft".

Irish regulator opens third privacy probe into Apple

Irish regulator opens third privacy probe into Apple

The probe is examining whether Apple has complied with the relevant provisions of the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy law in relation to an access request from a customer.

Regulator opens third privacy investigation into Apple

Regulator opens third privacy investigation into Apple

Like Apple, Twitter is also under three different investigations with one each for Google, Microsoft-owned LinkedIn and US digital advertising company Quantcast.

How social media companies misuse your data

How social media companies misuse your data

In this article, we are going to look at the instances of social media companies misusing their user’s data and how VID is going to prevent that from happening.

Pokémon finds a catch in children's data protection rights

Pokémon finds a catch in children's data protection rights

This means companies such as Pokémon — which has sold more than 300m video games worldwide, mostly aimed at children — must make “reasonable efforts” to verify that consent is given by someone with.

Irish regulator opens first privacy probe into Google

Irish regulator opens first privacy probe into Google

The probe was the result of a number of submissions against the company, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) said, including from privacy-focused web browser Brave, which complained last year that Google and other digital advertising firms were playing fast and loose with people’s data.

Google’s lead EU regulator opens formal privacy probe of its adtech

Google’s lead EU regulator opens formal privacy probe of its adtech

The statutory inquiry into Google’s adtech that’s being opened by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC), cites section 110 of Ireland’s Data Protection Act 2018, which means that the watchdog suspects infringement — and will now investigate its suspicions.

EU data watchdog raises concerns over Facebook integration

EU data watchdog raises concerns over Facebook integration

Facebook’s plan to merge WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger could raise significant data protection concerns, according to the Irish commission that regulates the social network in the EU.

LinkedIn violated data protection by using 18M email addresses of non-members to buy targeted ads on Facebook

LinkedIn violated data protection by using 18M email addresses of non-members to buy targeted ads on Facebook

First, the DPC found that LinkedIn in the US had obtained emails for 18 million people who were not already members of the social network, and then used these in a hashed form for targeted advertisements on the Facebook platform, “with the absence of instruction from the data controller” — that is, LinkedIn Ireland — “as is required.”

LinkedIn used 18 million non-user e-mails to target Facebook ads

LinkedIn used 18 million non-user e-mails to target Facebook ads

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission issued a report last week (via TechCrunch) that covered its activities during the first six months of 2018, in which it highlighted a complaint against LinkedIn. It found that the company used millions of e-mail addresses of non-LinkedIn users to target ads on Facebook.