Google will challenge a multi-million pound fine from the French privacy regulator for failing to tell customers how it was using their data. The company became the first major technology company to be fined under the General Data Protection Regulations when the penalty was announced on Monday. The Silicon Valley tech giant said on Wednesday that it would appeal the data protection watchdog's record €50m (£44 million) fine for breaking privacy rules. A Google spokesman said: “We’ve worked hard to create a GDPR consent process for personalised ads that is as transparent and straightforward as possible, based on regulatory guidance and user experience testing. “We’re also concerned about the impact of this ruling on publishers, original content creators and tech companies in Europe and beyond. For all these reasons, we've now decided to appeal.” The company overhauled its transparency and privacy settings when the new law came … [Read more...] about Google fights France over record data protection fine
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The first big fine under the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has finally arrived – a €50 million fine for Google from the French data protection authority, CNIL. CNIL said the fine was for breaking the GDPR's rules around transparency and having a valid legal basis when processing people's data for advertising purposes.This is by far the largest fine to be imposed thus far under the new EU-wide privacy law, which has been in effect for eight months. The previous record was a €400,000 fine imposed on a Portuguese hospital.The fine follows complaints from privacy activists in late May last year. Max Schrems and his None Of Your Business (NOYB) non-profit had been first off the blocks, complaining against Google and Facebook minutes after the GDPR took effect on May 25th. The French digital rights group La Quadrature du Net also lodged a complaint about Google a few days later.Both of the Google complaints were essentially about … [Read more...] about GDPR: Google hit with €50 million fine by French data protection watchdog
Tech giants Apple and Amazon have been named in a complaint filed by Noyb, claiming they are still failing to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The company, chaired by data privacy activist and lawyer Max Schrems, filed a complaint in Austria also naming Netflix, Spotify and Youtube after it tested the data the companies held about users. Read more: Netflix shares slide as it misses revenue estimates despite profits bump Noyb said none of the companies fully complied with the regulation, which gives users the right to access their private data and information about it. Tech companies must get Europeans’ consent each time they want to use their data for a new purpose, such as targeted advertising. GDPR projects fines of up to four per cent of global revenues for companies in breach of the ruse. Amazon responded to the complaint by saying it had installed a new privacy help page which shows customers how to manage their data on its website. … [Read more...] about Tech giants accused of data protection breaches by Austrian activist
By Levi Sumagaysay | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: January 17, 2019 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: January 17, 2019 at 6:03 am State and federal lawmakers have pushed for privacy laws after myriad online breaches and scandals. Now, saying the United States faces a “crisis,” advocacy groups are going a step further and calling for a new data protection agency. “The U.S. needs a federal agency focused on privacy protection, compliance with data protection obligations, and emerging privacy challenges,” an alliance of more than a dozen groups — including Bay Area-based Color of Change, Center for Media Justice and Berkeley Media Studies group — said Thursday. They said the agency, unlike the Federal Trade Commission, should have rule-making authority. “Digital giants invade our private lives, spy on our families, and gather our most intimate facts for profit,” the groups said in the proposal. “Each … [Read more...] about Is it time for a federal data protection agency?
The new Tesla emergency response vehicle with some of its predecessors. Photo: Basel-Stadt Police UPDATED: Tesla on Friday defended its data protection credentials after Swiss media outlets reported that the roll-out of new Tesla police cars in the canton of Basel–Stadt could be delayed because of concerns over data relayed by the vehicles to the US carmaker's servers. On December 5th, police in the canton unveiled the first of seven new Tesla X 100D emergency response vehicles, each with a price tag of 140,000 Swiss francs (€124,000). But now there are fears a planned spring 2019 roll-out will be delayed after concerns were raised about the fact that the internet-connected could "listen in" on their drivers because key commands are voice-activated. Data from these voice recordings could theoretically be mined from Tesla servers, regional daily BaslerZeitung initially reported. However, the newspaper later clarified that this example had been intended … [Read more...] about Switzerland’s new Tesla police cars hit data protection roadblock