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Germany bans Facebook from handling WhatsApp data
The regulator suggested that the decision wasn’t just about protecting users' privacy but also to avoid the use of data "to influence voters' decisions to manipulate democratic choices", citing the upcoming 26 September parliamentary elections in Germany.
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Karina Stan of the Developers Alliance anticipates the next wave of EU-driven internet regulation.
Ireland launches data protection inquiry into Facebook hack
The personal data of more than 530 million Facebook users were found on a hacker's forum last week.
Brussels says EU-UK data flows are safe to continue post-Brexit
The decision of the European Commission, which is not yet final, will allow the transfer of personal data between the UK and the EU.
Thousands of CityBee users have their personal data leaked online
Lithuanian police are investigating after the personal data of thousands of customers of a car-sharing service were leaked online.
Facebook fined €7 million in Italy for 'misleading' data practices
The Italian Competition Authority had already fined Facebook €5 million in 2018 and said the tech giant had ignored an order to correct its policies on user data.
TikTok accused of breaching users' rights 'on a massive scale'
"TikTok falls foul of multiple breaches of EU consumer rights and fails to protect children from hidden advertising and inappropriate content," said the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)
TikTok agrees to block underage users in Italy
It comes after a girl, 10, died in Sicily while participating in a so-called “blackout” challenge on the Chinese-owned network.
Firms 'double spending on online privacy' amid surge in home working
"Suddenly, everyone is working remotely, data is off premises and people have access to highly confidential data on devices, which aren't directly controlled by IT departments," said one expert.
Norway fines Grindr dating app €9.6m over data privacy breach
It comes after a complaint by the Norwegian Consumer Council, which had alleged that users' personal data was being shared unlawfully for marketing purposes.
Italy orders TikTok to block underage users after 10-year-old's death
Italy has ordered TikTok to block any users whose age cannot be confirmed after a 10-year-old girl from Palermo died while filming an online "challenge" on a mobile phone.
Turkey investigates WhatsApp and Facebook over data privacy update
The new policy means users outside the EU and UK must agree to more of their data being shared to Facebook for advertising purposes.
Digital Service Act: EU vows to 'put order into chaos' with tech laws
The European Commission's landmark regulations, the Digital Markets Act and the Digital Services Act, aim to curb the hegemony of dominant multinationals and force them to be more transparent about how content is ranked, advertised and removed.
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French watchdog fines Google and Amazon over their policies on cookies
The National Commission for Informatics and Liberties (CNIL) said both American tech companies automatically place cookies — advertising trackers — on users' computers without asking for consent.
EU seeks to take back control of data from Big Tech
EU citizens and companies generate more and more data online, and the Commission expects a five-fold increase between 2018-2025. Vice-president of the Commission Margrethe Vestager notes that 'today only very little of all of that data is put to productive use'.
Privacy activists file EU complaint over iPhone tracking
A Vienna-based group has filed complaints against Apple over its use of software to track the behavior of iPhone users, arguing that it violates European Union electronic privacy laws.
Thousands of sensitive documents stolen in Swedish data hack
Swedish security firm Gunnebo said the incident was "extremely regrettable".
Irish watchdog probes Instagram over protection of children's data
Ireland's Data Protection Commission is investigating Instagram over safeguards for children's personal information.
Spies to not access phone data except for serious threats - EU court
The European Court of Justice has issued its long-awaited ruling on whether data collection and retention by national governments aligns with EU law.
Tech multinationals sued for alleged large-scale GDPR breaches
The damages could exceed €10 billion if the legal proceedings are successful, the NGO filing the cases said.
Tracing apps: is privacy protection to blame for few downloads in EU?
Contact tracing apps were once hailed as a way for Europe to get a grip on COVID-19 and move away from costly lockdowns. Where did things go wrong?
ECJ invalidates EU-US data transfer agreement over surveillance fears
The court stressed that personal data transferred outside the bloc must be "afforded the level of protection essentially equivalent to that guaranteed within the EU."
Norway data protection authority bans coronavirus tracking app
The country's data inspectorate temporarily banned a coronavirus tracking app, raising several concerns about how users' location data, collected via GPS and Bluetooth, would be used.
MEPs warn COVID-19 tracing apps must protect privacy
MEPs have been looking at COVID-19 contact tracing apps - how they work across borders and what happens to the data they collect.
TikTok subject of Dutch data protection probe
The watchdog say they will “examine whether TikTok adequately protects the privacy of Dutch children”.