Hong Kong eyes GDPR-style privacy law

Hong Kong is set to follow the lead of European regulators in applying tougher penalties for data protection infractions, following a serious breach at airline Cathay Pacific in 2018. Proposed amendments to the regional government’s Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, which cited the GDPR, would see fines levied as a percentage of global turnover, according to […]

Press critical of Irish DPA on fines and WhatsApp delay

Data protection authorities in Europe issued fines worth a combined €410 million to organisations last year for violations but none originated in the Republic, despite it being home to many of the world’s biggest technology companies. New figures compiled by the Italian data protection body Osservatarorio di Federprivacy – which includes data from official sources […]

UK’s ICO has until March 2020 for BA and Marriott penalty notices

Further to the publication of the ICO’s notices of intention to fine British Airways and Marriott in July 2019, the ICO has recently issued a statement delaying the issuance of both GDPR fines which had originally been expected by the end of 2019. (The ICO’s initial notices of intention to fine had stated that British […]

GDPR feared to be ‘toothless’ against big tech

More than 18 months after the European Union began implementing the world’s toughest privacy law, the bloc’s ability to rein in Big Tech is increasingly in doubt amid growing frustration over a lack of enforcement actions and weak cooperation on investigations. Passed in May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was largely viewed as […]

Brazil fines Facebook USD 1.6 million over Cambridge Analytica case

Brazil’s Ministry of Justice said on Monday it fined U.S. tech giant Facebook Inc 6.6 million reais ($1.6 million) for improperly sharing user data. The ministry’s department of consumer protection said it had found that data from 443,000 Facebook users was improperly made available to developers of an App called “thisisyourdigitallife.” The data was being […]

Six months until serious enforcement of California’s CCPA (but not a grace period)

The California Consumer Privacy Act goes into effect January 1st, and it doesn’t look like anyone, even the state of California itself, is totally ready. Draft regulations for enforcing the law are still being finalized at the state level, and questions about specific aspects of the most sweeping privacy regulation since the European Union’s General […]