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.

Grandmother ordered to delete Facebook photos under GDPR

Grandmother ordered to delete Facebook photos under GDPR

The judge ruled the matter was within the scope of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).One expert said the ruling reflected the "position that the European Court has taken over many years".The case went to court after the woman refused to delete photographs of her grandchildren which she had posted on social media.

Do we really need employee monitoring?

Do we really need employee monitoring?

Employee monitoring software can be useful, but it can also very easily be a crutch that poisons our working relationships, leading to lower productivity and worse health for businesses and people.

Is the GDPR failing? If it is, how can it be saved?

Is the GDPR failing? If it is, how can it be saved?

Ryan’s report also recommends that national data protection agencies should “pursue adversarial enforcement, and to defend their decisions against expensive legal appeals by Big Tech.” That basically means we need to see some big, high-profile fines to prove that the GDPR is a serious law, with serious consequences for those who break it.

Contact tracing apps must respect privacy or be removed: EU

Contact tracing apps must respect privacy or be removed: EU

The European Union has called on Apple to remove from the App Store contact tracing apps that don’t have appropriate privacy safeguards.

Vac - What Would a WeChat Replacement Need?

Vac - What Would a WeChat Replacement Need?

We want something that is self-sovereign, private, censorship-resistant and open that allows individuals and groups of people to communicate and transact freely.In order to get a lot of the features WeChat provides, we need the ability to do three things: communicate, store data, and transact with people.

Brave accuses Google of using 'hopelessly vague' privacy policies that breach GDPR

Brave accuses Google of using 'hopelessly vague' privacy policies that breach GDPR

Google has been accused of breaching one of the General Data Protection Regulation's (GDPR) principles surrounding consent that requires companies to provide a specific purpose for collecting and processing user personal data.

Removing a GPS tracking device from your car isn’t theft, court rules

Removing a GPS tracking device from your car isn’t theft, court rules

The search warrant was based on the idea that the man had "stolen" a GPS tracking device belonging to the government.Last Thursday, Indiana's highest court made it official, ruling that the search warrant that allowed police to recover Heuring's meth was illegal.

Leaked Reports Show EU Police Are Planning a Pan-European Network of Facial Recognition Databases

Leaked Reports Show EU Police Are Planning a Pan-European Network of Facial Recognition Databases

If previous data-sharing arrangements are a guide, the new facial recognition network will likely be connected to similar databases in the U.S., creating what privacy researchers are calling a massive transatlantic consolidation of biometric data.

EU’s new digital strategy targets data-hoarding tech firms

EU’s new digital strategy targets data-hoarding tech firms

The proposed plan, as released by the European Commission this week, names no names but still makes quite clear that the biggest US tech titans—especially Facebook and Google—would be squarely in the sights of any new legislation.

Google to shift UK user data to the US post-Brexit

Google to shift UK user data to the US post-Brexit

That's believed to be amid concerns from Google that the UK will loosen its data protection laws and fail to agree on a data-sharing agreement with EU, potentially making it difficult to transfer data between Ireland and the UK.

ISPs sue Maine, claim Web-privacy law violates their free-speech rights

ISPs sue Maine, claim Web-privacy law violates their free-speech rights

As Mills' announcement in June said, the state law "prohibits a provider of broadband Internet access service from using, disclosing, selling, or permitting access to customer personal information unless the customer expressly consents to that use, disclosure, sale or access.

Automated facial recognition breaches GDPR, says EU digital chief

Automated facial recognition breaches GDPR, says EU digital chief

The EU’s digital and competition chief has said that automated facial recognition breaches GDPR, as the technology fails to meet the regulation’s requirement for consent.Vestager told reporters that the Commission will further investigate automated facial recognition before introducing legislation, allowing member states to make their own domestic decisions in the meantime.

How To Prevent Facial Recognition Technology From Identifying You

How To Prevent Facial Recognition Technology From Identifying You

The first goal in this regard is to utilize hair or makeup in ways that substantially block portions of your face (especially your the eyes, nose, and forehead and the location where these features intersect), and that, thereby, cause many facial recognition systems not to realize that your face is a face – so they don’t even try to match and identify it.

Europe can win global battle for industrial data, says EU industry chief

Europe can win global battle for industrial data, says EU industry chief

Vast troves of data from how fast we drive our cars to how much time a robot needs to churn out products will open a new front in the battle for digital dominance, said Thierry Breton, the European Commissioner in charge of the bloc’s single market.

AT&T is blocking Tutanota. This shows why we must fight for net neutrality.

AT&T is blocking Tutanota. This shows why we must fight for net neutrality.

A free Internet guarantees that all online services are being treated equally: Right now we can access any website at the same speed.Without net neutrality ISPs could, for instance, offer a 'US bundle', which allows users to use certain US services like Google, Facebook and Twitter without any data limit.

Top EU court’s advisor: bulk surveillance is “disproportionate”, and national security exemptions do not always apply

Top EU court’s advisor: bulk surveillance is “disproportionate”, and national security exemptions do not always apply

Then, in 2016, the CJEU affirmed that decision by ruling specifically that “EU law precludes national legislation that prescribes general and indiscriminate retention of data,” in what is known as the Tele2 Sverige and Watson judgment.

Myths of Email

Myths of Email

Therefore, when considering an offshore email service, it is important to ascertain the status of a government’s independence and the facts pertaining to its privacy and data retention laws.Offshore email services with data retention and weak privacy standards should be avoided.

EU eyes temporary ban on facial recognition in public places

EU eyes temporary ban on facial recognition in public places

Under the proposal, a new regulatory framework for artificial intelligence could “include a time-limited ban on the use of facial recognition technology in public spaces”.

DuckDuckGo is Now a Default Search Engine Option on Android in the EU

DuckDuckGo is Now a Default Search Engine Option on Android in the EU

DuckDuckGo will soon be offered as an option for default search engine on Android devices across the EU.European regulators are forcing Google to present Android users with the option to choose their own default search engine.

Why 2020 will be make or break time for transatlantic personal data transfers

Why 2020 will be make or break time for transatlantic personal data transfers

according to the AG [Advocate General] the DPC [data protection commissioner in Ireland] must stop the EU-US data transfers of Facebook, once it took the view that US law violates EU fundamental rights.

Cloudflare ordered to reveal identity behind pirate site

Cloudflare ordered to reveal identity behind pirate site

TorrentFreak writes that what API is trying to protect here are its monetary interests related to unauthorized copying and sale of the industry standards that the association produces.API's DMCA application, that has now been approved, said the copyrighted standards – described as a valuable asset – are available to download without permission.

France fines Google 150 million euros for opaque advertising rules

France fines Google 150 million euros for opaque advertising rules

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s competition watchdog fined Google (GOOGL.O) 150 million euros ($167 million) on Friday for abusing its power over the treatment of advertisers, saying it applied opaque rules and changed them at will.

How Apple personalizes Siri without hoovering up your data

How Apple personalizes Siri without hoovering up your data

Though Apple has been using differential privacy since 2017, it’s been combined with federated learning only as of iOS 13, which rolled out to the public in September of this year.

U.S. senators threaten Facebook, Apple with encryption regulation

U.S. senators threaten Facebook, Apple with encryption regulation

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. senators grilled Apple Inc and Facebook Inc executives over their encryption practices on Tuesday and threatened to regulate the technology unless the companies make encrypted user data accessible to law enforcement.

EU to relaunch push to regulate WhatsApp, Skype on privacy

EU to relaunch push to regulate WhatsApp, Skype on privacy

Keeping an eye on privacy issues The EU will relaunch its deadlocked effort to more closely regulate internet phone and message services such as WhatsApp, Skype and Messenger, a top bloc official said on Tuesday.

Exclusive: EU antitrust regulators say they are investigating Google's data collection

Exclusive: EU antitrust regulators say they are investigating Google's data collection

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators are investigating Google’s collection of data, the European Commission told Reuters on Saturday, suggesting the world’s most popular internet search engine remains in its sights despite record fines in recent years.

EU antitrust regulators seek details of Google's data practices: document

EU antitrust regulators seek details of Google's data practices: document

Companies were asked about agreements providing data to Google or allowing it to collect data via their services in recent years, and whether they were compensated for this.Regulators also wanted to know if Google had refused to provide data and how this affected the companies.

EU’s ePrivacy regulation is being subverted by publishers who want their “right” to use tracking cookies enshrined in law

EU’s ePrivacy regulation is being subverted by publishers who want their “right” to use tracking cookies enshrined in law

As a result, the current draft of the ePrivacy regulation would grant the news publishing industry a special legal privilege to try to force users to be tracked using cookies.

DNA test kits threaten kids’ privacy in ways we can’t understand yet

DNA test kits threaten kids’ privacy in ways we can’t understand yet

Privacy policy design can be an ambiguous business even with the best intentions, and I think it would be naive of a consumer to believe that DNA testing companies don’t have an incentive to leverage your data in ways that can’t be foreseen.