Helen Dixon

MEPs in the European Parliament had the opportunity of a rare in-person appearance by Ireland’s data protection commissioner, Helen Dixon, to criticize the bloc’s lead privacy regulator for most of…

TikTok’s lead privacy regulator in Europe takes heat from MEPs

Agreeing a new data transfer agreement with the US is a “high priority” for the EU, Margrethe Vestager, the bloc’s executive VP for digital strategy, said yesterday — but she…

Privacy Shield 2.0 is ‘high priority’ but ‘not easy’, warns EU’s Vestager

Facebook’s problems with European privacy law could be about to get a whole lot worse. But ahead of what may soon be a major (and long overdue) regulatory showdown over…

Facebook’s lead EU privacy supervisor hit with corruption complaint

The Hamburg data protection agency has banned Facebook from processing the additional WhatsApp user data that the tech giant is granting itself access to under a mandatory update to WhatsApp’s…

Facebook ordered not to apply controversial WhatsApp T&Cs in Germany

Twitter users have to wait to longer to find out what penalties, if any, the platform faces under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for a data breach…

Further delay to GDPR enforcement of 2018 Twitter breach

It’s more than two years since a flagship update to the European Union’s data protection regime moved into the application phase. Yet the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been…

GDPR’s two-year review flags lack of ‘vigorous’ enforcement

The lead data regulator for much of big tech in Europe is moving inexorably towards issuing its first major cross-border GDPR decision — saying today it’s submitted a draft decision…

First major GDPR decisions looming on Twitter and Facebook

Apple is facing fresh questions from its lead data protection regulator in Europe following a public complaint by a former contractor who revealed last year that workers doing quality grading…

Apple’s handling of Siri snippets back in the frame after letter of complaint to EU privacy regulators

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…

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

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Will online privacy make a comeback in 2020?

Last year was a landmark for online privacy in many ways, with something of a consensus emerging that consumers deserve protection from the companies that sell their attention and behavior for profit. The debate now is largely around how to regulate platforms, not whether it needs to happen. The consensus among key legislators acknowledges that…

12:15 pm PST • January 8, 2020
Will online privacy make a comeback in 2020?

A year on from Europe’s flagship update to the pan-EU data protection framework the Commission has warned that too many privacy policies are still too hard to read and has…

Privacy policies are still too horrible to read in full

A report by the lead data watchdog for a large number of tech giants operating in Europe shows a significant increase in privacy complaints and data breach notifications since the…

Privacy complaints received by tech giants’ favorite EU watchdog up more than 2x since GDPR

Another legal challenge to a data transfer authorization mechanism relied upon by Facebook and thousands of other companies to legally move user data from the European Union to the U.S.…

Legal challenge to Facebook EU-US data transfer mechanism kicks off in Ireland