IAPP releases interactive 'GDPR Genius' tool

(May 21, 2019) As we approach the one-year anniversary of the EU General Data Protection Regulation's implementation date, organizations are still grappling with the detailed framework and all its corresponding guidance and documentation. Keeping track of it all is no small task. That's why the IAPP has compiled the "GDPR Genius," an interactive tool that provides IAPP members with access to critical GDPR-related resources, including relevant recitals, European Data Protection Board guidance, member state guid... Read More

Sen. Hawley proposes 'Do Not Track' bill

(May 21, 2019) U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., will propose a bill to give consumers the ability to block websites from the collection of unnecessary data, Bloomberg reports. Under the proposed bill, consumers can choose a setting to opt out of all data collection “beyond what is indispensable to the companies’ online services.” The senator said in a statement while browsers have allowed users to send “Do Not Track” signals, the requests are usually ignored. A spokesman for Hawley said fines against companies wo... Read More

Swedish DPA received 3,500 reported data breaches since GDPR

(May 21, 2019) The Swedish data protection authority, Datainspektionen, announced it has received 3,000 complaints and 3,500 reported data breaches since the EU General Data Protection Regulation went into effect, Telecompaper reports. In its first data integrity report, the DPA said the majority of the complaints involved video surveillance and direct marketing, while six out of ten reported breaches were due to "human agency." The agency found three out of four citizens are concerned about how their personal... Read More

Council of the EU releases ePrivacy progress report

(May 21, 2019) The Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union has released a progress report on the proposed ePrivacy Regulation. The update includes the "state of play" in the council, including discussions in the Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society and at the council on "concerns about the way the ePrivacy proposal would interact with new technologies," including machine-to-machine, internet-of-things and artificial intelligence technology. In turn, the presidency has in... Read More

Vizio awaits approval for $17M privacy class-action settlement

(May 21, 2019) Vizio's class-action privacy settlement awaits approval from U.S. District Court Judge Josephine Staton, MediaPost reports. As part of the settlement, Vizio will pay $17 million to settle allegations it shared consumers' data with advertising technology companies and data brokers. More than 500,000 customers submitted claims as part of the lawsuit, with each expected to receive $16 per television set. The settlement will see $11 million paid out to customers and $6 million to go to the attorneys... Read More

Tech company's shareholders to vote on sale of facial-recognition software

(May 21, 2019) During its annual meeting in Seattle Wednesday, Amazon shareholders will issue a nonbinding vote on whether the tech company will continue to sell facial-recognition technology, The New York Times reports. A pair of proposals has been brought forth by shareholders. The first proposal requests the tech company stop sales of Rekognition to government agencies until Amazon's board determines it does not violate human rights. The second proposal calls for the tech company to issue an independent rep... Read More

Study brings clarity to children's definition of 'creepy' tech

(May 21, 2019) New research from the University of Washington has offered a better sense of what children mean when they deem certain technology as "creepy," GeekWire reports. The study was based on the responses of 11 children, ranging from ages 7 to 11, who were asked to rank various tech products as "creepy," "not creepy" or "don't know." Devices that evoked thoughts of pain and/or divisiveness were most associated as creepy. The research also yielded a list of common tech properties that created fear among... Read More