EDPB releases 2018 annual report

(Jul 17, 2019) The European Data Protection Board released its 2018 annual report. The report covers the rules of procedure adopted in the first EDPB plenary session and the creation of the EDPB Secretariat. The document also runs down the board’s guidance on certification, territorial scope and accreditation, its opinion on the European Commission’s draft implementing decision on Japan’s adequacy standing, its statement on the proposed ePrivacy Regulation, and its goals for 2019. “In my view, with national Su... Read More

Verizon exec: Federal US privacy law needed to address 5G concerns

(Jul 17, 2019) Fortune reports Verizon Media Group CEO Guru Gowrappan said a federal U.S. privacy law is needed to address concerns around 5G technology. As Verizon begins to roll out 5G across the country, it is also aware of the privacy issues users may raise about the increased amount of data their devices will be able to collect. Gowrappan said a law similar to the EU General Data Protection Regulation or the California Consumer Privacy Act can help to remediate the problem; however, any regulation passed ... Read More

Dutch DPA issues first fine for GDPR violations

(Jul 16, 2019) The Dutch data protection authority, Authoriteit Persoonsgegevens, issued its first fine for violations of the EU General Data Protection Regulation to Haga Hospital, DutchNews.nl reports. The AP issued a 460,000 euro penalty to the hospital after the agency determined it did not have the proper measures in place to protect patients’ information. The AP’s investigation came after it was discovered staff members illicitly accessed the records of a TV star. Should Haga Hospital not improve its sec... Read More

Apple responds to lawmakers about its role in creating a federal US privacy law

(Jul 16, 2019) The Washington Post reports lawmakers want Apple to take on a bigger role in the debate and creation of a federal U.S. privacy law. Apple has voiced its support for a federal rule; however, the tech company has yet to officially support any bill proposed on Capitol Hill. “I would argue there’s a need for Apple to be a more vocal part of this debate,” said Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. Apple Spokesman Fred Sainz said in a statement the tech company reiterates its offer to help write legislation but add... Read More

Hoffman: US federal standards needed to regulate data brokers

(Jul 16, 2019) In an op-ed for The New York Times, Intel Associate General Counsel and Global Privacy Officer David Hoffman, CIPP/US, explains why now is the time for U.S. Congress to create federal standards to regulate data brokers. Hoffman writes since sensitive data is shared so easily, Congress needs to enact legislation to give the U.S. Federal Trade Commission power to rein them in. “By giving the [FTC] clear guidelines for enforcement and the resources to pursue it, Congress can hold data brokers accou... Read More

China's privacy policy potentially stricter with proposed changes

(Jul 16, 2019) MediaPost reports there are proposed revisions to China's Personal Information Security Specification that would prohibit data collection for contractual purposes. The proposal requires prior consent for such collection to take place, and the changes reportedly make China's policy more stringent than the EU General Data Protection Regulation. "[U.S. or EU] companies doing business in China will not be able to rely on having entered into contracts with Chinese citizens to process their data," Har... Read More

EPIC calls for FTC investigation of video communications provider

(Jul 16, 2019) The Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that calls for an investigation into video communications provider Zoom's cybersecurity practices, Decipher reports. The malpractice claim comes after a security researcher discovered a trio of vulnerabilities with Zoom's video software, including forced video calling. "Zoom intentionally designed their web conferencing service to bypass browser security settings and remotely enable a user’s we... Read More

AT&T seeks arbitration for location privacy suit

(Jul 16, 2019) MediaPost reports AT&T has filed a motion with the U.S. District Court in Maryland to have a lawsuit regarding geolocation data disclosure sent to arbitration. Just as T-Mobile did last week with a class-action suit on location privacy, AT&T said in its motion that the claim filed by the plaintiff is covered in the arbitration agreement found in the phone carrier's user contracts. "That provision states that it 'is intended to be broadly interpreted,' and requires arbitration of 'all dis... Read More

US lawmakers respond to Facebook's $5B FTC settlement

(Jul 15, 2019) Earlier this year it was reported Facebook expected to face a $3 to $5 billion fine from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for potential violations of its 2011 consent decree over the Cambridge Analytica revelations. After months of whispers and speculation, the agency approved a $5 billion fine of the social media giant, according to a Wall Street Journal report published last Friday afternoon.  The FTC approved the settlement by a 3-2 vote, which was then leaked to the press. The Republican c... Read More

So the Facebook fine is $5B: Does that change anything?

(Jul 15, 2019) Ever since news leaked Friday that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission had fined Facebook $5 billion over violations of its 2011 consent decree with the agency, the Twitterverse has been in a tizzy. There are those who cite it's the highest privacy enforcement fine in the FTC's history, and there are those who say $5 billion is a drop in the bucket to a company as rich as Facebook and therefore indicates a failure on the FTC's part to enforce consumer privacy. While there's merit in debating wheth... Read More