Open any newspaper or magazine these days and there is a good chance there will be something about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in it but with less than a month until the introduction of the regulation on 25th May 2018, it seems most British people and businesses are still unprepared for the changes.The new regulations were announced two years ago and as the deadline nears, there still appears to be a great deal of mystery surrounding GDPR for most British people. The focus of GDPR is very much a professional rather than a public conversation with many news stories focusing on the impact the regulation will have on business and little mention of the rights of the individual. Too much emphasis has been placed on companies and technology with a great deal of scaremongering surrounding heavy fines for data breaches but not enough attention is being paid to the individuals within organisations who handle personal data and the individuals whose data is being used.To … [Read more...] about The general data protection regulation deadline is just over a month away but is Britain ready for it?
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BERLIN (Reuters) - Hamburg’s data protection ombudsman has opened non-compliance procedures against Facebook, which has been accused of abusing its users’ data, a spokesman for the representative said. FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo The spokesman for the city’s data protection representative Johannes Caspar - who also coordinates privacy issues relating to Facebook nationwide - said the first step would be to hold a hearing on the accusations. That comes after revelations that the personal information of millions of Facebook users wrongly ended up in the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. The 87 million Facebook users affected included nearly three million Europeans. Reporting by Hans-Edzard Busemann; Writing by Michelle Martin … [Read more...] about Hamburg data protection officer opens non-compliance procedure…
Ahead of the EU's upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Facebook has announced updates to its terms and data policy that will roll out first in Europe and then to the rest of the world. The social network has brought together employees from its product, engineering, legal, policy, design and research teams to comply with the upcoming regulation and offer all of its users more choices regarding their privacy while using the service.Facebook will soon ask users to review how it shows ads based on data from its partners and they will be able to decide whether or not they want to be served ads that use this data. When it comes to user profiles, the company will ask users whether they want to continue sharing personal information and inform them that sharing this information online is completely optional. Facebook will also make it easier for people to delete their information if they choose to no longer share it. The company will also allow EU and … [Read more...] about Facebook unveils new data protection rules ahead of GDPR
In today’s hearing before the House Committee on Commerce and Energy, Mark Zuckerberg stated that the changes Facebook is making in response to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be available worldwide. Zuckerberg made a commitment to not only provide the same privacy controls but making the same kinds of disclosures and treating users’ data the same. The GDPR imposes requirements on how user data is collected, and how user data must be deleted at the user’s request. However, only moments after giving a clear yes, he seemed to equivocate yet again. “Facebook has committed to abiding by [the GDPR] in Europe and you face large penalties if they don’t,” said Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) in the hearing. “In recent days you’ve said that Facebook intends to make the same settings available to users everywhere, not only in Europe. Did I understand correctly that Facebook would not only make the same settings … [Read more...] about Zuckerberg says Facebook will extend European data protections worldwide — kind of
April 11, 2018 - Written By Dominik Bosnjak Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey on Tuesday introduced a bill meant to regulate online data harvesting conducted by digital giants such as Facebook and Google that’s somewhat akin to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation set to go into effect on the Old Continent next month. The bill is called Customer Online Notification for Stopping Edge-provider Network Transgressions, with its sponsors referring to it as the “CONSENT Act” for short. The legislation mandates Internet companies to draft “reasonable security practices” meant to ensure the safety of all user data they collect and requires them to communicate their data harvesting activities in a more straightforward manner to consumers.If enacted, the law would be enforced by the United States Federal Trade Commission and is aimed at preventing another Cambridge Analytica scandal from happening. The … [Read more...] about U.S. Senators Introduce Data Protection Bill Akin To GDPR