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

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 of children online. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has been working on […]

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Adtech told to keep calm and fix its ‘lawfulness’ problem

Adtech told to keep calm and fix its ‘lawfulness’ problem Six months after warning that the real-time bidding (RTB) component of programmatic online advertising is wildly out of control — i.e. in a breaking the law sense — the UK’s data protection watchdog has marked half a year’s regulatory inaction with a […]

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More legal uncertainty for Privacy Shield ahead of crux ruling by Europe’s top court

More legal uncertainty for Privacy Shield ahead of crux ruling by Europe’s top court Facebook tried to block the referral but today an influential advisor to Europe’s top court has issued a legal opinion that could have major implications for the future of the EU-US Privacy Shield personal data transfer mechanism. It’s […]

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Twitter launches a Privacy Center to centralize its data protection efforts

Twitter launches a Privacy Center to centralize its data protection efforts Twitter today is launching a new resource that aims to serve as the central place for everything related to the company’s efforts around privacy and data protection, the Twitter Privacy Center. The new site will host information about Twitter’s initiatives, announcements, […]

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Brexit ad blitz data firm paid by Vote Leave broke privacy laws, watchdogs find

Brexit ad blitz data firm paid by Vote Leave broke privacy laws, watchdogs find A joint investigation by watchdogs in Canada and British Columbia has found that Cambridge Analytica-linked data firm, Aggregate IQ, broke privacy laws in Facebook ad-targeting work it undertook for the official Vote Leave Brexit campaign in the UK’s 2016 […]

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A 10-point plan to reboot the data industrial complex for the common good

A 10-point plan to reboot the data industrial complex for the common good A posthumous manifesto by Giovanni Buttarelli, who until his death this summer was Europe’s chief data protection regulator, seeks to join the dots of surveillance capitalism’s rapacious colonization of human spaces, via increasingly pervasive and intrusive mapping and modelling […]

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Microsoft announces changes to cloud contract terms following EU privacy probe

Microsoft announces changes to cloud contract terms following EU privacy probe Chalk up another win for European data protection: Microsoft has announced changes to commercial cloud contracts following privacy concerns raised by European Union data protection authorities. The changes to contactual terms will apply globally and to all its commercial customers — […]

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EU-US Privacy Shield passes third Commission ‘health check’ — but litigation looms

EU-US Privacy Shield passes third Commission ‘health check’ — but litigation looms The third annual review of the EU-US Privacy Shield data transfer mechanism has once again been nodded through by Europe’s executive. This despite the EU parliament calling last year for the mechanism to be suspended. The European Commission also issued […]

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EU contracts with Microsoft raising “serious” data concerns, says watchdog

EU contracts with Microsoft raising “serious” data concerns, says watchdog Europe’s chief data protection watchdog has raised concerns over contractual arrangements between Microsoft and the European Union institutions which are making use of its software products and services. The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) opened an enquiry into the contractual arrangements between […]

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Mental health websites in Europe found sharing user data for ads

Mental health websites in Europe found sharing user data for ads Research by a privacy rights advocacy group has found popular mental health websites in the EU are sharing users’ sensitive personal data with advertisers. Europeans going online to seek support with mental health issues are having sensitive health data tracked and […]

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