FRA publishes guidance for Eurodac fingerprint processing

(Jan 16, 2020) The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights has released guidance for data processing related to fingerprints for the European Asylum Dactyloscopy system. The guide aims to help officers explain the Eurodac processing to asylum applicants and detained migrants, who have "the right to understand who is processing their personal data and why." Specific information officers are required to deliver to data subjects and data collection procedures for children are outlined in the guidance.Full St... Read More

House reps. introduce bill to amend COPPA

(Jan 10, 2020) A pair of members of the U.S. House of Representatives plans to introduce a bill to amend the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, Axios reports. Reps. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., and Bobby Rush, D-Ill., each co-sponsored the Preventing Real Online Threats Endangering Children Today Act. The bill would require companies to obtain parental consent before it can collect the personal data of children under the age of 16. Currently, parental consent is needed to gather information on children 13 year... Read More

Use of facial-recognition tech in NY school district raises privacy concerns

(Jan 6, 2020) New York’s Lockport Central School District has implemented facial-recognition technology, raising objections from civil rights advocates, the Associated Press reports. School officials say the system can alert staff to individuals who pose a threat, including sex offenders and suspended staff. The New York Civil Liberties Union, in a letter to Interim Education Commissioner Shannon Tahoe seeking to stop use of the technology, said it infringes on students’ rights “Because every face that is det... Read More

US, EU regulators look to tackle children's privacy in 2020

(Jan 3, 2020) Regulators in the U.S. and the European Union will likely ramp up enforcement of children's privacy laws in 2020, Bloomberg Law reports. Irish Data Protection Commission Director of Communications Graham Doyle said the agency expects to release guidance on children's privacy in the early part of the year. In the U.S., the Federal Trade Commission is considering an update to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, while state attorneys general have also voiced their thoughts on children's p... Read More

YouTube limits data collection on children's content

(Jan 2, 2020) In early January, YouTube will make changes to data collected from children’s content, The Wall Street Journal reports. YouTube will limit data collected on videos targeted to children, not show data-driven personalized ads on children’s videos, and not allow comments on the videos. Creators will designate if their target audience is children. Federal regulators and privacy advocates support the changes, while they are being protested by content creators who could face U.S. Federal Trade Commiss... Read More

The top privacy news stories of 2019, according to you

(Dec 17, 2019) Ask just about anyone who has been in the privacy game for a minute, and they’ll probably tell you 2019 was just absurd. The news just would not stop coming. It was an onslaught! Of course, much of that was thanks to newly passed or soon-to-be-passed legislation. The EU General Data Protection Regulation coming into force in 2018 changed the rules, and the most-read news stories in The Privacy Advisor reflect that. IAPP Editor Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, has your top-read stories in The Privacy A... Read More

The Privacy Advisor's top stories of 2019, according to you

(Dec 17, 2019) Ask just about anyone who has been in the privacy game for a minute, and they’ll probably tell you 2019 was just absurd. I know for myself, it was my busiest year on record. The news just would not stop coming. It was an onslaught! Of course, much of that was thanks to newly passed or soon-to-be-passed legislation. The EU General Data Protection Regulation coming into force in 2018 changed the rules, and the most-read news stories in The Privacy Advisor reflect that. Once companies could be pe... Read More

College Board sued for alleged student data sales

(Dec 17, 2019) A lawsuit has been brought against College Board over claims that it sold the data of more than 5 million students, EdScoop reports. According to a filing at the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois, nonprofit exam developer and administrator allegedly collected and sold student data from its Student Search Survey without obtaining consent for either action. "Between (Sept.) 1, 2016 through the present, Defendant College Board charged between $0.42 and $0.47 per student name ... Read More

Coalition calls on FTC to address 'widespread' noncompliance with COPPA

(Dec 12, 2019) Advocacy groups have called for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to increase its enforcement actions against Children's Online Privacy Protection Act violators, MediaPost reports. A 19-group coalition, which includes the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, Center for Digital Democracy, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Citizen, submitted its public comments on potential COPPA updates, calling on the FTC to "more aggressively enforce its existing rules." The group also suggested im... Read More

State attorneys general ask FTC to strengthen children's privacy laws

(Dec 11, 2019) A bipartisan coalition of 25 state attorneys general has asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to strengthen children’s privacy laws to curb data-collection practices, KTVZ reports. In a letter to the FTC, the attorneys general call for the agency to expand the definition of personal data to include faceprints and health and genetic information. “Parents feel helpless to understand, much less control, what information about their children is being collected, with whom it is being shared, and f... Read More