Global News Roundup — Jan. 13–21, 2020

(Jan 21, 2020) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, European regulators have issued fines totaling 114 million euros since the EU General Data Protection Regulation came into effect. The Italian DPA issued an 11.5 million euro fine against Eni Gas e Luce for violating the GDPR. Hong Kong authorities have proposed amendments strengthening the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance and are considering granting the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data the authority to investigate ... Read More

Roundup: Europe, Hong Kong and US

(Jan 21, 2020) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, European regulators have issued fines totaling 114 million euros since the EU General Data Protection Regulation came into effect. The Italian DPA issued an 11.5 million euro fine against Eni Gas e Luce for violating the GDPR. Hong Kong authorities have proposed amendments strengthening the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance and are considering granting the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data the authority to investigate ... Read More

Report: GDPR fines total 114M euros, more penalties to come

(Jan 21, 2020) CNBC News reports fines under the EU General Data Protection Regulation have added up to 114 million euros combined over the last two years. Additionally, a study by law firm DLA Piper showed the GDPR generated 160,000 data breach notifications across the EU over the same period of time. "It’s not a huge surprise that we’re seeing a slow start to fines, but there’s more to come," DLA Piper Partner Ross McKean said. "It is going to be a slow progress to get the legal certainty regulators need to ... Read More

European Commission considering 3- to 5-year ban of facial-recognition tech

(Jan 17, 2020) The European Commission may ban facial recognition for three to five years as it figures out how to curb abusive uses of the technology, BBC News reports. In an 18-page document, the commission plans to introduce new rules to enhance existing privacy laws and propose obligations on artificial intelligence users and developers. The document calls for EU countries to create an authority to keep track of those rules. Should the technology be temporarily banned, "a sound methodology for assessing th... Read More

ICO offers update on adtech investigation

(Jan 17, 2020) The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office offered an update into its investigation on the advertising technology industry. ICO Executive Director of Technology and Innovation Simon McDougall wrote in a blog post the agency is pleased with how the industry has responded to its warnings. McDougall pointed to the Internet Advertising Bureau UK's development of adtech principals and Google's decision to phase out third-party cookies as examples of positive momentum on adtech concerns. He added, how... Read More

Italian DPA issues 11.5M euro GDPR fine

(Jan 17, 2020) Italian data protection authority, the Garante, has announced an 11.5 million euro fine against gas and electric company Eni Gas e Luce for violations of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The fine relates to EGL's data processing for telemarketing activities and the activation of unsolicited contracts. In addition to the fine, the Garante has ordered EGL to adopt corrective measures while prohibiting processing data of those on its telemarketing list without explicit consent. (Original ... Read More

EU regulators eyeing clampdown on digital assistants

(Jan 17, 2020) Bloomberg reports EU privacy regulators have their sights set on policing voice assistants following allegations of workers snooping on users. Luxembourg National Data Protection Commission President Tine Larsen has indicated regulators are working toward a unified approach to regulating big tech companies' voice assistant programs. "Because it’s a question of principle, the members of the (European Data Protection Board) should work out a common position in line with the consistency mechanism t... Read More

Notes from the IAPP Europe Managing Director, 17 Jan. 2020

(Jan 16, 2020) Greetings from Brussels! There was an interesting opinion from the European Court of Justice this week. Advocate General Manuel Campos Sánchez-Bordona issued a legal opinion that could effectively limit the ability of national (EU) security agencies to seize and hold bulk personal data indiscriminately on national security grounds. Mass surveillance is clearly not a byword for “cool Europe” in Luxembourg these days. Think of it, all that unrestrained, unbridled access the security agencies wil... Read More