DOJ's antitrust chief: Big tech data practices considered in competition concerns

(Nov 11, 2019) The Washington Post reports U.S. Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division Makan Delrahim has warned big tech companies that ongoing mass data collection and data misuse will draw the attention of federal regulators. Delrahim said, "It would be a grave mistake to believe that privacy concerns can never play a role in antitrust analysis." Delrahim added that personal information carries more value than "oil" to organizations, which he believes will opt for decrea... Read More

Chinese regulator warns app developers on privacy issues, potential punishment

(Nov 6, 2019) The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has begun a campaign to clamp down on privacy missteps by app developers, TechNode reports. The ministry's action comes after one of its think tanks, the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, discovered the data collection methods of 75% of the country's 130,000 developers violate Chinese privacy laws. The MIIT set a Nov. 10 deadline for developers to align processes with the law. Apps that remain in violation afte... Read More

Google acquires Fitbit for $2.1B

(Nov 4, 2019) PBS NewsHour reports on the acquisition by Google of health tracker Fitbit for $2.1 billion. Though Google said that "privacy and security are paramount" and that it would not use health data for advertisements, some advocacy groups, including Patient Privacy Rights and Consumer Reports, have raised some privacy concerns with the purchase. Deborah Peel, founder of Patient Privacy Rights, said, "Health data is the most valuable of all." In a news release, Google Senior Vice President of Devices a... Read More

Romanian DPA issues fine for sending email messages without consent

(Nov 1, 2019) The Romanian National Supervisory Authority issued a 10,000 lei fine against Artmark Holding for allegedly sending commercial email messages without consent, according to the European Data Protection Board. The Romanian DPA found Artmark had sent unsolicited email messages to the complainant and continued to do so after he asked the company to delete his information from their database. The agency issued the fine as Artmark violated “Article 13 paragraph (1) letter q) of Law no. 506/2004, corrob... Read More

Japan's trade agency considering potential cookie regulation, guidelines

(Oct 30, 2019) The Asahi Shimbun reports the Japanese Fair Trade Commission is exploring cookie regulation and aiming to have guidelines completed by the end of the year. The JFTC views the use of cookies and a potential lack of user consent that comes with it as a potential violation of Japan's Anti-Monopoly Law. "We should see it in a broader range than the current rules under the law on the protection of personal information," JFTC Chairman Kazuyuki Sugimoto said of how far the cookie regulation will go wit... Read More

Skin care, clothing companies brought into compliance with DAA best privacy practices

(Oct 29, 2019) The Digital Advertising Alliance has announced Johnson & Johnson Consumer and PVH have been brought into compliance with its best practices for digital ad privacy, MarTech Series reports. The actions at Johnson & Johnson follow a DAA review of the Neutrogena website initiated by a consumer complaint. DAA received a complaint against PVH, which owns clothing lines, including Tommy Hilfiger, for ad targeting. Johnson & Johnson has committed to implementing DAA’s Self-Regulatory Princip... Read More

ISP lauds privacy policy amid fight against encryption

(Oct 28, 2019) MediaPost reports Comcast published a blog post defending its privacy practices and addressed misconceptions about how it uses personal data. The internet service provider said it does not employ user data for advertising purposes, and the data it collects on users is deleted in 24 hours. "Millions of Comcast customers look up billions of addresses online every day," Comcast Chief Privacy Officer Christin McMeley wrote on the company's blog. "We’ve never used that data for any sort of marketing ... Read More

Op-ed: Big data influence seeping into arts, entertainment

(Oct 25, 2019) In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Catherine Rampell writes on a "digital disruption" taking place with the effects of big data trickling into the arts and entertainment world. "There are philosophical questions about who should get credit for an artistic work if it was conjured not solely through human imagination but rather by reflecting and remixing customer data," Rampell writes. The "remixing" Rampell refers to is the refinement of creative works through personal data, allowing "customer ... Read More

Thailand calls for restaurants, cafes to follow data retention law

(Oct 24, 2019) The Daily Swig reports Thailand will require restaurants and cafes to follow data retention provisions in the country's cybersecurity legislation that was adopted in March. The restaurants and cafes that have Wi-Fi will be required to store user data for 90 days and make it available to the country's "fake news center," which will weed out inappropriate information online starting in November. Businesses that violate the mandate could potentially face a fine of up to 500,000 baht.Full Story... Read More

IAB seeks comment on CCPA framework

(Oct 23, 2019) The Interactive Advertising Bureau and IAB Technology Laboratory are seeking public comments on a draft framework designed to help digital publishers comply with the California Consumer Privacy Act. Comments on the IAB CCPA Compliance Framework for Publishers and Technology Companies are requested by Nov. 5. A final version will be released before the CCPA implementation date in January 2020. This will help companies comply with the law while continuing "to innovate and offer the products and se... Read More