Nice to introduce new Safe City pilot program

(Jul 19, 2018) The southern French city of Nice is preparing to roll out a three-year test of a new data-collection system called Safe City, Bloomberg reports. Developed in part by French defense company Thales SA, the system is able to read license plates throughout a network of cameras linked to police patrols and traffic-supervision tools. In a blog post, Felix Treguer, a researcher and co-founder of the data privacy website La Quadrature du Net, wrote the project was “Orwellian,” adding it constitutes a “h... Read More

ICO issues 200,000 GBP fine for identifying email recipients' identities

(Jul 19, 2018) The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office fined the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse 200,000 GBP for sending a bulk email that identified possible victims of non-recent child sexual abuse. The fine follows 22 complaints made to ICO after an IICSA staff member mistakenly placed email addresses in the "to" field rather than the "bcc" field when sending an email notice to participants. In sending the email, IICSA made it possible for recipients to identify 52 people whose full names wer... Read More

Telecom regulator calls existing framework insufficient

(Jul 19, 2018) The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India called the existing framework for personal data protection by companies and service providers insufficient and recommended stricter rules be set in place to thwart data breaches, Reuters reports. In a statement, TRAI said, “All entities in the digital eco-system, which control or process the data, should be restrained from using metadata to identify the individual users.” TRAI provided recommendations to the Department of Telecommunication and also reque... Read More

How Turkey's DPA and Criminal Code intersect on data protection

(Jul 19, 2018) The Turkish Data Protection Act is now in full effect after a two-year compliance grace period causing a boom in the area of data protection in the country. In this Privacy Tracker post, Filiz Toprak Esin and Asena Aytuğ Keser of Gün + Partners write that while, currently, the "focus is mostly on this conformity process, there is also the criminal law aspect of the matter to which one should not turn a blind eye." Illegal recording, distribution, receipt, transfer and non-destruction of personal... Read More

Google's antitrust fine and the future of GDPR enforcement

(Jul 19, 2018) On Wednesday, Google was fined $4.34 billion euros ($5.1 USD) by the European Union for antitrust practices involving its Android operating system, "a move that underscores Europe's willingness to issue steep financial penalties for bad behavior," AdExchanger reports. But what will this mean for future enforcement actions under the EU General Data Protection Regulation? "They're waiting for the dust to settle," Morrison & Foerster Privacy and Data Security Group Global Co-Chair Alex van der ... Read More

House subcommittee to FTC: What do you need from us?

(Jul 19, 2018) In a hearing at the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, representatives sought to hear from the newly confirmed Federal Trade Commission whether it had the tools and resources it needs to protect consumers from threats against privacy, data protection and anti-competition among marketplace actors. The commission's response? No. It needs increased tools and resources to get the job done. Interestingly, both Republicans and Democrats on hand see... Read More

At House hearing, FTC asks for stronger tools

(Jul 19, 2018) In a hearing at the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, representatives sought to hear from the newly confirmed Federal Trade Commission about whether the agency has the tools and resources it needs to protect U.S. consumers from threats against privacy, data protection and anti-competition among marketplace actors. The commission's response? No. It needs increased tools and resources to get the job done. Interestingly, both Republicans and D... Read More

An overview of Turkish data protection rules from criminal law perspective

(Jul 19, 2018) When the Turkish Data Protection Act entered in force back in 2016, it provided a two-year period for data controllers to bring their data protection policies in conformity with the new law. Since the April 7 expiry of this transition period there has been a boom in the area of data protection similar to what has recently happened in Europe with the General Data Protection Regulation’s entry into force. Although it seems for the time being that the focus is mostly on this conformity process, th... Read More

UK High Court decision offers insight on RTBF related to past crimes

(Jul 18, 2018) The High Court of England and Wales handed down judgment in joined cases addressing the scope of a person's right to have results about them delisted by Google when no longer relevant, in line with the 2014 Google Spain case. The claimants in NT 1 & NT 2 v. Google LLC requested to have links to webpages referring to their "spent" criminal offenses delisted by Google. "In a lengthy ruling — running to 230 paragraphs — the judge, Mr. Justice Warby, was required to grapple with various complex ... Read More

UK High Court decision on RTBF in relation to past criminal offenses

(Jul 18, 2018) The High Court of England and Wales handed down judgment in the joined cases of NT 1 & NT 2 v Google LLC ([2018] EWHC 799 (QB)) April 13. The cases address the scope of a person's right to have results about them delisted by the Google search engine when no longer relevant, in line with the 2014 Court of Justice of the European Union ruling in the Google Spain case (ZD 2014, 350 m. Anm. Karg). As is well known, this so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ has subsequently been incorporated in Arti... Read More