Facebook faces mass legal action over data leak

Facebook users whose data was compromised by a massive data leak are being urged to take legal action against the tech giant. About 530 million people had some personal information leaked, including, in some cases, phone numbers. A digital privacy group is preparing to take a case to the Irish courts on behalf of EU citizens affected.


Privacytoezichthouders bezorgd over doorgifte van persoonsdata aan het VK

De Europese privacytoezichthouders verenigd in de EDPB maken zich zorgen over plannen van de Europese Commissie (EC) om de doorgifte van persoonsgegevens aan het Verenigd Koninkrijk weer toe te staan.


Does the draft Data Governance Act signal a more economic approach of personal data in the EU?

The draft Data Governance Act, which was published by the European Commission last November, aims to foster the availability of both personal and non-personal data by increasing trust in data intermediaries and to strengthen data sharing mechanisms across the EU. It is the first EU legal instrument clearly reflecting an EU policy trend towards a data-driven economy.


Facebook leak: Irish regulator probes ‘old’ data dump

A data leak involving personal details of hundreds of millions of Facebook users is being reviewed by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC). The database is believed to contain a mix of Facebook profile names, phone numbers, locations and other facts about more than 530 million people. Facebook says the data is “old”, from a previously-reported leak in 2019.


Romanian authorities sanctioned for GDPR breaches

Towards the end of 2020, the Romanian Data Protection Authority (ANSPDCP) disclosed on its website information regarding the sanctioning of two Romanian public authorities for GDPR breaches while processing personal data.

Can information on criminal records be requested by employers?

A recent Opinion of the Bulgarian data protection authority and certain legislative changes lead to the conclusion that in Bulgaria information on criminal convictions and offences of present or future employees can be requested by employers in very limited number of cases.


When privacy became an investment risk.

Potential investors are being warned of the negative impact that the GDPR sanctions may have on the expected profitability of the business. Cyberattacks on listed companies should be reported to the market as a warning to the investors.


EU court: access to telecom data is strictly limited

At the beginning of March the EU Court answered to an Estonian court’s question whether access to traffic and location data relating to a short period could justify access for fighting crimes that are not “serious” with a hard no.


A privacy law for 25% of the world’s population

China published the Personal Information Protection Law (Draft) (“PIPL”) for public consultation on 21 October 2020. This is the first legal framework to address personal information protection in China. One can find many similarities between the Draft and the EU GDPR. However, there are still significant differences between the two.


Data protection applies to AML-/CFT-legislation, EDPB warns

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) in a statement of 15 December 2020 warns the European Commission that data protection principles apply to legislation in regard of the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing.


Aanbevelingen EDPB voor doorgifte persoonsgegevens buiten EU

De European Data Protection Board (EDPB) heeft aanbevelingen opgesteld voor de doorgifte van persoonsgegevens naar derde landen. De EDPB wil het bedrijfsleven hiermee meer duidelijkheid geven, nadat het Europese Hof van Justitie het EU-VS Privacy Shield ongeldig verklaarde.


Is it legal for organisations to request your date of birth?

Why do you need to give your date of birth when downloading a green paper? Or to create an account for a web forum?


How do app vendors respond to subject access requests?

A longitudinal privacy study on iOS and Android Apps


Europe’s Privacy Law Hasn’t Shown Its Teeth, Frustrating Advocates

Nearly two years in, there has been little enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation, once seen as ushering in a new era.

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