Icelandic DPA offers children's privacy ruling

(Nov 13, 2019) The Icelandic Data Protection Authority has ruled Icelandic Health Insurance was right to request child custody verification in exchange for access to a child's personal information. The case presented to the DPA involved a complaint from a data requester regarding the insurance company's verification policy, which called for either consent from a custodian or the presentation of a custody certificate. The DPA affirmed IHI's actions based on the complainant's lack of a family number on the Natio... Read More

ICO: DfE violated data protection regulations

(Nov 13, 2019) The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office said the Department for Education did not comply with data protection regulations, sharing personal data of 1,500 children monthly with the Home Office, the Guardian reports. The ruling followed a complaint from campaigning organization Against Borders for Children. Human rights organization Liberty, representing ABC, said there are concerns the data could be used for immigration enforcement. A letter to Liberty from the ICO said the department failed t... Read More

Global regulators placing increased emphasis on children's privacy

(Nov 12, 2019) Popular discussions on children’s data protection are often framed as a zero-sum game between those who want children to be protected in the digital age and those who fear a chilling effect on content creation. In this piece for The Privacy Advisor, Heward Mills Founder Dyann Heward-Mills, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, CIPM, looks at how EU regulators, such as the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office and Irish Data Protection Commission, have worked to safeguard children’s privacy, while the U.S. Federal T... Read More

New ePrivacy draft released ahead of WP TELE meetings

(Nov 11, 2019) Ahead of meetings with the Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society, the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union has released a new version of the proposed ePrivacy Regulation. The latest draft includes modifications related to “the scope and the third-party concept,” protecting children’s data, cookies and consideration toward the European Data Protection Board. The document also has changes on recitals covering “machine-to-machine” electronic communications a... Read More

Op-ed: ‘Culture of responsibility’ needed to keep children safe online

(Nov 8, 2019) In an op-ed for The Hill, Family Online Safety Institute Founder and CEO Stephen Balkam writes about creating a “culture of responsibility” to keep children safe online in a world where artificial intelligence is prevalent and continues to advance. Balkam writes this culture is one in which “online safety relies upon government, tech companies, schools, parents, and kids themselves.” This includes government creating regulations that don’t harm personal freedoms and protect children, training la... Read More

Top-5 most-read stories since Nov. 4, 2019

(Nov 8, 2019) We know, there's lots of privacy news, guidance and documentation to keep up with every day. And we also know you're busy doing all the things required of the modern privacy professional. Sure, we distill the latest news and relevant content down in the Daily Dashboard and our weekly regional digests, but sometimes that's even too much. To help, we offer our top-five most-read stories for the week of Nov. 4.Full Story... Read More

Norwegian DPA: Citizens do not need passports for BankIDs

(Nov 7, 2019) The Norwegian data protection authority announced citizens do not need to have a passport to be a bank customer. The DPA released this information to dispute the notion an individual must have a passport to obtain a BankID in accordance with money-laundering regulation. The agency found money-laundering rules a state passport is not the only form of ID needed to get a BankID, and the banks themselves can set up their own rules to obtain credentials. The DPA also announced the use of a tool to ob... Read More

Sen. Hawley discusses TikTok privacy issues at hearing

(Nov 6, 2019) NBC News reports U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., was critical of TikTok and its potential mishandling of Americans' data during a hearing by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. Hawley said the Chinese app "knows where your children are, knows what they look like, what their voices sound like, what they're watching, and what they share with each other." TikTok declined to attend the hearing but sent a letter to the subcommittee stating it does not store U.S. u... Read More

Breaking down the FTC's COPPA rule enforcement in Retina-X case

(Nov 5, 2019) In a rare Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule enforcement action, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with “stalking app” developer Retina-X Studios, LLC and its owner, James Johns. The consent decree bars the respondents from selling subscriptions to their services unless they take affirmative steps to ensure the apps are used for legitimate purposes. This decree also marks the FTC’s first action against stalking apps. IAPP Legal Extern Mitchell Mantey breaks down the... Read More

YouTube producers ask FTC to reconsider programming regulations

(Nov 5, 2019) Bloomberg reports creators of children’s YouTube channels are circulating an online petition and asking the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to change its plan to regulate kids’ videos on the site. In a September settlement, the FTC fined YouTube $170 million over alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and YouTube agreed to stop targeted advertising on videos aimed at children. The producers claim the new rules will affect them financially and limit the quality of progra... Read More