Croatian Presidency tempers expectations on ePrivacy progress

(Jan 22, 2020) The Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is just the latest EU presidency to try to tackle the ePrivacy Regulation. Finland, Romania, Austria and Bulgaria were among the countries that could not figure out ePrivacy during their presidencies, and now it's Croatia's turn at the plate. While the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs pushed forward a version of ePrivacy back in October 2017, however, progress since that vote has essentially been nonexistent. Cro... Read More

Croatian Presidency tempers ePrivacy expectations at LIBE hearing

(Jan 22, 2020) The Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union has a tall task ahead of it as it becomes the latest EU presidency to try to tackle the ePrivacy Regulation. At a Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs hearing, Croatian Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure State Secretary Josip Bilaver said his country's presidency will work hard to get the gears moving on ePrivacy; however, expectations need to be tempered. In this piece for The Privacy Advisor, IAPP Ass... 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 Council to make ePrivacy pitch to Parliament

(Jan 16, 2020) The European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs has announced the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is slated to give an hourlong ePrivacy presentation during the committee's Jan. 21 meeting. Croatian State Secretary Josip Bilaver will lead the discussion on "respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications." The meeting will also feature a discussion on cross-border access to e-evidence between the EU... Read More

FTC chair supports federal privacy law, maintaining enforcement role

(Jan 8, 2020) Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons opened up about his support for federal privacy legislation, Multichannel News reports. Simons' call for a comprehensive law came with stipulations, including the desire to have the FTC retain its enforcement powers in lieu of creating a new privacy regulator. Additionally, he indicated any legislation should create and maintain competition across industries. Meanwhile, Federal Communicat... Read More

Lawsuit asks NYPD to disclose cell phone search practices

(Jan 6, 2020) Attorneys for Upturn, Inc., have filed a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department in New York State Supreme Court arguing that New Yorkers "have a right to know how police are searching their cell phones," Public News Service reports. The suit comes almost one year after the Supreme Court ordered the NYPD to divulge its search tactics following a previous freedom of information request. "That's an incredibly invasive window into the most private areas of our lives," Surveillance Techn... Read More

Audit reveals NSA data retention issues

(Dec 17, 2019) Nextgov reports a review by the U.S. National Security Agency Office of the Inspector General has called into question the agency's retention limits on "communications or electronics intelligence or foreign instrumentation intelligence" data. The IG's audit said the retention policies for signals intelligence data, which is collected under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, carried "deficiencies" that "have the potential to impact civil liberties and individual privacy." Additionally, th... Read More

German DPA fines telecom 9.55M euros for GDPR violation

(Dec 10, 2019) Germany's Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, the BfDI, announced telecommunications provider 1 & 1 Telecom has been fined 9.55 million euros for violations of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The BfDI found 1 & 1's data security measures to prevent unauthorized access to customer information were not in line with the GDPR. In response to the decision, 1 & 1 announced plans to sue the DPA and characterized the fine as "absolutely disproporti... Read More

Se actualiza el Registro No Llame en Argentina

(Dec 10, 2019) La Agencia de Acceso a la Información Pública dictó la Resolución Nº  243/2019 con la intención de agilizar y simplificar los procedimientos del Registro Nacional “No Llame”. En el marco de los lineamientos sentados por el Decreto Nº 891/2017–que aprobó las Buenas Prácticas en Materia de Simplificación en el Sector Público Nacional–, y con miras a brindar una respuesta rápida y eficaz a los titulares y/o usuarios autorizados de los servicios telefónicos contra los abusos del procedimiento de co... Read More

NSW rolls out phone-detection cameras

(Dec 5, 2019) A first-of-its-kind mobile-phone-detection camera has been deployed in New South Wales, the Guardian reports. Powered by artificial intelligence, the cameras are designed to monitor whether a driver is using their mobile device while operating their vehicle. "It’s a system to change the culture," NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said. Images obtained by the automated system to detect illegal use of a mobile device are verified by authorized personnel.Full Story... Read More