How an Italian court tackled data 'capitalization'

(Apr 2, 2020) On Jan. 10, the Administrative Tribunal of the Lazio rejected the appeal filed by Facebook against a million-dollar fine issued by the Italian Competition Authority over the lack of transparency of a message the service provider used for users, aimed at presenting access to the social media platform as free. In this piece for The Privacy Advisor, Ughi e Nunziante Studio Legale Partner Massimiliano Pappalardo, CIPP/E, looks at the issue of data "capitalization" and how privacy laws address the to... Read More

Brave's GDPR complaint adds another case to Irish DPC's workload

(Mar 31, 2020) On March 16, privacy web browser Brave filed a second EU General Data Protection Regulation complaint against Google for what it described as “Google's internal data free-for-all.” Under the GDPR Article 5(1)b, the purpose limitation principle, companies may only use personal data for the narrow, clearly defined purpose it was created for. Brave said Google’s internal data-sharing practices are unlawful and infringe on this principle. Jennifer Baker looks at the complaint and the Irish Data Prot... Read More

Brave adds GDPR complaint to Irish DPC's plate

(Mar 24, 2020) On March 16, Brave filed a second EU General Data Protection Regulation complaint against Google for what it described as “Google's internal data free-for-all.” Under the GDPR Article 5(1)b, the purpose limitation principle, companies may only use personal data for the narrow, clearly defined purpose it was created for. In a business the size and scale of Google, this would, in effect, mean ring-fencing different parts of the organization. Brave, a privacy-focused web browser, says Google’s in... Read More

The economic exploitation of personal data in privacy and consumer laws

(Mar 24, 2020) A recent decision of an Italian court faced a very interesting case in the area of intersection between privacy and consumer laws. On Jan. 10, the Administrative Tribunal of the Lazio rejected the appeal filed by Facebook against a million-dollar fine issued by the Italian Competition Authority to sanction a misleading practice in accordance with the Italian Consumer Code. The fine was over the lack of transparency of a message the service provider used for users, aimed at presenting access to t... Read More

Chinese messaging platform increases privacy practices

(Mar 5, 2020) The South China Morning Post reports messaging platform WeChat has begun updating its data privacy controls, particularly those on third-party apps. WeChat has dialed back third-party data-collection rights on a small group of developers while requiring more transparency about the types of information being collected. "Protecting the privacy of users has always been our bottom line," WeChat said in a statement following revelations of app developers abusing previous privacy rules. "We hope to wo... Read More

Twitter tests 24-hour 'fleets' in Brazil

(Mar 5, 2020) Twitter is testing a new post option in Brazil that would appear in a separate timeline for 24 hours before disappearing, The Verge reports. Twitter described the “fleet” as starting “conversations from your fleeting thoughts.” The company said users have expressed they are uncomfortable with the public nature and permanence of a tweet. “We want to make it possible for you to have conversations in new ways with less pressure and more control,” Twitter Group Project Manager Mo Aladham wrote in a ... Read More

Big tech companies push back on Pakistan's censorship rules

(Feb 28, 2020) The New York Times reports Facebook, Google and Twitter are among the big tech companies refusing to comply with proposed internet censorship rules in Pakistan. The Asia Internet Coalition wrote a letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan regarding the opposition of the companies, which proposed abandoning service in Pakistan entirely if the rules stood. The Pakistani government then eased its position, saying the proposal will be put through an "extensive and broad-based consultation process... Read More

Dixon: Big tech investigations close to resolutions, fines 'an inevitability'

(Feb 21, 2020) Irish Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon has indicated that her office's investigations into some big tech privacy violations are close to wrapping up, the Irish Independent reports. Dixon revealed the DPC has hired specialized lawyers to weigh in on big tech penalties and help draw up the scale for potential fines that will be imposed. "We've taken it on not by reference to any particular inquiry," Dixon said. "But a fine is an inevitability at some point." Dixon did not comment on a spec... Read More

Op-ed: India's encryption battle a preview for global fight

(Feb 14, 2020) In "The Interface" op-ed series for The Verge, Silicon Valley Editor Casey Newton writes about the developing encryption battle currently taking place in India and how it may have a trickle-down effect across the globe. Newton explains the Indian government is on the verge of banning encryption with rules that "would force tech platforms to cooperate continuously with government requests." Newton adds, "Threats to privacy are multiplying faster than tech or society can deal with them. In such a ... Read More

Facebook gives content-sharing data to researchers

(Feb 14, 2020) On Thursday, Facebook provided researchers internal data about how content is shared on its platform, The Wall Street Journal reports. The report comes after nearly two years of delays partly due to the research and resources required to release the data without sacrificing user privacy. Researchers said the data could help better understand "fake news" stories and the quality of information shared on the site. Meanwhile, a Moscow court fined Facebook and Twitter $63,000 each for failing to stor... Read More