ICO fines firm 70,000 GBP for making more than 100K nuisance calls

(Oct 19, 2017) The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office fined Lead Experts Limited 70,000 GBP after the agency determined the firm was responsible for 111,072 nuisance calls. Lead Experts Limited said it purchased contact information from another company, then paid it to carry out the calls. An ICO investigation determined the firm violated the law, as it was responsible for ensuring they had the proper consent to make the phone calls. “Companies cannot hide behind paying another firm to make the calls for t... Read More

Trump nominates Joseph Simons for FTC chairman

(Oct 19, 2017) In a move that has been rumored since at least August, U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated antitrust attorney Joseph Simons to become chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, Reuters reports. Simons is currently a partner at the Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison law firm and previously held the role of director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition from 2001 to 2003. Trump is also expected to nominate Sen. John Cornyn’s, R-Texas, chief counsel, Noah Phillips, and the Consumer Fede... Read More

ICO to launch telephone service to help small businesses prep for the GDPR

(Oct 18, 2017) The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office announced it is launching a telephone service designed to help small businesses prepare for the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The phone service will go live Nov. 1 and will be based on the ICO’s current public helpline, which handled nearly 190,000 calls in 2016. “There are 5.4 million businesses in the UK that employ fewer than 250 people. When it comes to data protection, surveys show they tend to be less well prepared,” Information Commissio... Read More

WP29 releases guidelines on profiling under the GDPR

(Oct 18, 2017) The Article 29 Working Party has adopted new draft guidelines covering profiling and automated decision-making under the forthcoming GDPR.  The proposed guidelines acknowledge two general benefits of these technologies: first, increased efficiencies and, second, resource savings. And they note the potential to “better segment markets and tailor services and products to align with individual needs.” However, the WP29 warns that profiling and automated decision-making technologies can pose “signi... Read More

Russia fines Telegram $14K for refusing to turn over encryption keys

(Oct 17, 2017) A Russian court fined Telegram $14,000 USD after the messaging app refused to hand over its encryption keys to the Federal Security Service, Radio Free Europe reports. The ruling came after the Federal Security Service notified Telegram Founder and CEO Pavel Durov his company was violating Russian counterterrorism laws requiring organizations to turn over any encryption keys they create. "The FSB's effort to get access to personal correspondence is an attempt to expand its influence at the expen... Read More

Zimbabwe announces new minister of Cyber Security, Threat Detection, and Mitigation

(Oct 17, 2017) Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe announced that Patrick Chinamasa, formerly the minister of finance, will now head the new Cyber Security, Threat Detection, and Mitigation ministry in a recent cabinet reshuffling, Quartz reports. George Charamba, a spokesman for the government, said Chinamasa would learn from countries such as China and Russia, which he described as having “done well in ensuring some kind of order and lawfulness in that area (Cyber-space).” Law Expert Alex Magaisa described the ... Read More

Global News Roundup — October 10–16, 2017

(Oct 16, 2017) In this week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup, read about a new plan in Australia that would see state and territory leaders handing over citizens’ data to the federal government. There’s also a matchup between Australia’s Privacy Act and the EU General Data Protection Act. In India, the health ministry has proposed a law to protect the information of hospital patients. And in the U.S., the Supreme Court has decided to take on the Microsoft case involving government access to personal data ... Read More

Dutch DPA determines Microsoft's Windows 10 violates Personal Data Protection Act

(Oct 13, 2017) Following an investigation on Windows 10, the Dutch data protection authority, Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, determined Microsoft is violating the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act by processing the personal data of individuals who have the operating system on their computer. The DPA claims Microsoft does not clearly inform users regarding the type of data it uses and for what purpose. The DPA also states users do not have the ability to provide valid consent for having their data processed, as ... Read More

Belgian Privacy Commission requests court order to stop Facebook's data collection practices

(Oct 13, 2017) The Belgian Privacy Commission requested a court order to stop Facebook from collecting user data for advertising purposes, Bloomberg reports. The BPC told the court Facebook uses “very invasive” cookies, pixels and plug-ins to collect information. The commission said the tools can stay on an individual’s computer for as long as two years and can be used to track nonusers for commercial purposes. “That’s our biggest concern,” BPC President Willem Debeuckelaere said. “We are talking now about pra... Read More

OPC wants companies to provide more details in breach reports

(Oct 13, 2017) In a column for IT World Canada, Howard Solomon reports that the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada wants companies to provide more details when reporting data breaches. Replying to the government's proposed breach reporting regulations, the OPC has said "a number of key issues" it recommended have not been included in the rules. "We believe this may challenge the regulations' ability to fully achieve the sought-after benefits to organizations, individuals and the digital economy," the... Read More