News stories posted during 2019

Google fined €50 million in France for GDPR breach about consent

21/01/2019 by:

France’s Data Protection Authority, the CNIL, has today announced a 50 million euro fine on Google LLC for lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent regarding the  personalisation of advertisements. The case was...

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Mutual EU-Japan adequacy decision now in force

23/01/2019 by:

The adequacy framework for the transfer of personal data between Japan and the European Union, the first on a mutual basis, has been adopted and applies to both sides as of today, 23 January 2019. Haruhi Kumazawa, Personal Information Protection...

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EU considers the possibility of legislating for Artificial Intelligence

31/01/2019 by:

Speaking at the CPDP conference in Brussels yesterday, Karolina Mojzesowicz, Deputy Head, Data Protection Unit, the European Commission, said that the EU Commission is now considering whether additional legislation is needed for AI. The EU...

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Facebook’s conduct “exploitative abuse” says Germany’s competition regulator

11/02/2019 by:

Germany’s Bundeskartellamt, the national competition regulator, says that the extent to which Facebook collects, merges and uses data in user accounts constitutes an abuse of a dominant position, and it is imposing restrictions on Facebook’s...

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EDPB advises on Brexit implications for data transfers and BCRs

18/02/2019 by:

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, the UK ICO would no longer be able to approve BCRs in cooperation with the other EU DPAs. The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) advises that current BCR holders need to identify the new BCR Lead Supervisory...

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EDPS: Alternative business models are needed

26/02/2019 by:

Submitting his 2018 Annual Report to the European Parliament LIBE Hearing today, the European Data Protection Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, said that the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), has had ‘excellent deliberations’ and will meet twi...

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Ireland received 136 cross-border complaints under GDPR by end of 2018

04/03/2019 by:

Ireland dealt with 136 GDPR One-Stop-Shop complaints from 25 May to 31 December 2018, the Data Protection Commission (DPC) says. Under the GDPR, if a company’s main establishment is in Ireland, this ‘lead supervisory authority’ has primary...

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Bulgaria’s new data protection law enters into force

07/03/2019 by:

Bulgaria’s GDPR implementing law entered into force on 2 March 2019.  The Law on Amending and Supplementing the Law on Personal Data Protection (LASLPDP) modernises the original data Protection Act from 2002. LASLPDP was adopted on 20 February 201...

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The Netherlands DPA confirms its GDPR fining policy

15/03/2019 by:

The Netherlands’ Data Protection Authority has published its GDPR fining policy which divides breaches into four categories according to their severity. The overlapping categories are: 1. up to 200,000 euros 2. 120,000 to 500,000 euros 3. 300,000 ...

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Czech Republic adopts new DP law to follow GDPR

01/04/2019 by:

The Czech Republic adopted, on 12 March 2019, legislation that brings the GDPR’s provisions into national law. The Data Protection Act, which repeals the previous Act on Personal Data Protection, will not apply administrative fines to the public...

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