General Data Protection Regulation

An EU coalition of techies is backing a ‘privacy-preserving’ standard for COVID-19 contacts tracing

A European coalition of techies and scientists drawn from at least eight countries, and led by Germany’s Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute for telecoms (HHI), is working on contacts-tracing pr

Telco metadata grab is for modelling COVID-19 spread, not tracking citizens, says EC

As part of its response to the public health emergency triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Commission has been leaning on Europe’s telcos to share aggregate location data on their u

DataGuard, which provides GDPR and privacy compliance-as-a-service, raises $20M

Watchdogs have started to raise the issue that new working practices and online activity necessitated by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic are creating new sets of privacy, security and data prot

Ride Report raises $10 million to help cities and operators manage shared bikes and scooters

Portland-based micromobility startup Ride Report just closed a $10 million round led by Unusual Ventures to better facilitate relationships between cities and operators. Ride Report works by monitorin

Adtech giant Criteo is being investigated by France’s data watchdog

Adtech giant Criteo is under investigation by the French data protection watchdog, the CNIL, following a complaint filed by privacy rights campaign group Privacy International. “I can confirm th

Cathay Pacific fined £500k by UK’s ICO over data breach disclosed in 2018

Cathay Pacific has been issued a £500,000 penalty by the UK’s data watchdog for security lapses which exposed the personal details of some 9.4 million customers globally — 111,578 of whom

Facebook has paused election reminders in Europe after data watchdog raises transparency concerns

Big tech’s lead privacy regulator in Europe has intervened to flag transparency concerns about a Facebook election reminder feature — asking the tech giant to provide it with information a

Google’s new T&Cs include a Brexit ‘Easter egg’ for UK users

Google has buried a major change in legal jurisdiction for its U.K. users as part of a wider update to its terms and conditions that’s been announced today and which it says is intended to make

Google gobbling Fitbit is a major privacy risk, warns EU data protection advisor

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has intervened to raise concerns about Google’s plan to scoop up the health and activity data of millions of Fitbit users — at a time when the com

Lack of big tech GDPR decisions looms large in EU watchdog’s annual report

The lead European Union privacy regulator for most of big tech has put out its annual report which shows another major bump in complaints filed under the bloc’s updated data protection framework

Europe sets out plan to boost data reuse and regulate ‘high risk’ AIs

European Union lawmakers have set out a first bundle of proposals for a new digital strategy for the bloc, one that’s intended to drive digitalization across all industries and sectors — a

Facebook Dating launch blocked in Europe after it fails to show privacy workings

Facebook has been left red-faced after being forced to call off the launch date of its dating service in Europe because it failed to give its lead EU data regulator enough advanced warning — inc

CCPA won’t be enough to fix tech’s data entitlement problem

Trust, not data, is the most valuable currency for businesses today. But current data practices do nothing to earn that trust, and we can’t count on regulation alone to change that.

Recommendations for fintech startups navigating the procurement process

Payments and lending spring to mind as “classic” fintechs, but other models like regtech, compliance, human resources and marketing are on the ascent.

Blackbox welfare fraud detection system breaches human rights, Dutch court rules

An algorithmic risk scoring system deployed by the Dutch state to try to predict the likelihood that social security claimants will commit benefits or tax fraud is a breach of human rights law, a cour

Tinder’s handling of user data is now under GDPR probe in Europe

Dating app Tinder is the latest tech service to find itself under formal investigation in Europe over how it handles user data. Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has today announced a f

Google’s location tracking finally under formal probe in Europe

Google’s lead data regulator in Europe has finally opened a formal investigation into the tech giant’s processing of location data, more than a year after receiving a series of complaints

UK Council websites are letting citizens be profiled for ads, study shows

On the same day that a data ethics advisor to the UK government has urged action to regulate online targeting a study conducted by pro-privacy browser Brave has highlighted how Brits are being profil

Facebook’s dodgy defaults face more scrutiny in Europe

Italy’s Competition and Markets Authority has launched proceedings against Facebook for failing to fully inform users about the commercial uses it makes of their data. At the same time, a German

UK watchdog sets out ‘age appropriate’ design code for online services to keep kids’ privacy safe

The UK’s data protection watchdog has today published a set of design standards for Internet services which are intended to help protect the privacy and safety of children online. The Informatio
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