Facebook does not plan to notify half-billion users affected by data leak

Facebook does not plan to notify half-billion users affected by data leak

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc did not notify the more than 530 million users whose details were obtained through the misuse of a feature before 2019 and recently made public in a database, and does not currently have plans to do so, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.

Personal data of Line users in Japan disclosed to Chinese development firm

Personal data of Line users in Japan disclosed to Chinese development firm

Line, whose app is used by over 86 million people in Japan, says in its data protection guideline that customers' personal information can be transferred overseas.The app operator said it had reported the matter to the government's Personal Information Protection Commission and will soon set up a third-party panel to investigate the incident.

UK to depart from GDPR

UK to depart from GDPR

In a Financial Times article last week, culture secretary Oliver Dowden said he would use the appointment of a new information commissioner to focus not just on privacy but on the use of data for ‘economic and social goals’.

Clearview AI’s Facial Recognition App Called Illegal in Canada

Clearview AI’s Facial Recognition App Called Illegal in Canada

The facial recognition app Clearview AI is not welcome in Canada and the company that developed it should delete Canadians’ faces from its database, the country’s privacy commissioner said on Wednesday.

Tory party illegally collected data on ethnicity of 10m voters, MPs told

Tory party illegally collected data on ethnicity of 10m voters, MPs told

The Conservative party acted illegally when it collected data on the ethnic backgrounds of 10 million voters before the 2019 general election, the information commissioner has told a committee of MPs. However, Elizabeth Denham insisted there had been no need to issue an enforcement notice against the party, as it had voluntarily deleted the data it held after a “recommendation” from her office.

Online trolls on notice as government pushes for 'world first' adult cyber abuse laws

Online trolls on notice as government pushes for 'world first' adult cyber abuse laws

National e-safety commissioner Julie Inman Grant says her agency will use proposed new powers to unmask and fine recidivist online trolls who use anonymous social media account to wage campaigns of hate and abuse.

Europol and the European Commission inaugurate new decryption platform to tackle the challenge of encrypted material for law enforcement investigations

Europol and the European Commission inaugurate new decryption platform to tackle the challenge of encrypted material for law enforcement investigations

This week Europol launched an innovative decryption platform, developed in close cooperation with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.The new Europol Decryption Platform, funded by the European Commission, will allow us to further enhance our support for Member State investigations.

Uber fined $59 million by California regulators for repeatedly refusing to turn over data about sexual assaults

Uber fined $59 million by California regulators for repeatedly refusing to turn over data about sexual assaults

Uber must pay a $59.1 million fine in California for repeatedly refusing to turn over data related to its 2019 sexual assault report to the California Public Utilities Commission, an administrative judge ruled Monday.

Political parties engaged in 'systemic abuse of personal data', complaint alleges

Political parties engaged in 'systemic abuse of personal data', complaint alleges

The Open Rights Group complaint alleges that the parties conducted "highly intrusive profiling" without telling voters they were doing so - and that they went far beyond what was "necessary", a key term in data protection law, which states that use of data must be "necessary and proportional".

Facebook fined in South Korea for sharing user data without consent

Facebook fined in South Korea for sharing user data without consent

When users were logged into other third-party apps using their Facebook accounts, their information and those of their friends was shared with the services they were using, the PIPC said.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: November 20, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: November 20, 2020

In a new blogpost on Microsoft’s blog, Alex Weinert – Director of Identity Security – has urged users to stop using SMS and call based multi-factor authentication.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

Canada’s GDPR Moment: Why the Consumer Privacy Protection Act is Canada’s Biggest Privacy Overhaul in Decades

Canada’s GDPR Moment: Why the Consumer Privacy Protection Act is Canada’s Biggest Privacy Overhaul in Decades

This post covers six of the biggest issues in the bill: the new privacy law structure, stronger enforcement, new privacy rights on data portability, de-identification, and algorithmic transparency, standards of consent, bringing back PIPEDA privacy requirements, and codes of practice.

Proposed FTC settlement is a disservice to Zoom customers, says Commissioner

Proposed FTC settlement is a disservice to Zoom customers, says Commissioner

Zoom and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have come to a tentative settlement agreement regarding the video conferencing company’s false advertising of end-to-end encryption along with other issues.

Alphabet CEO: Plan to target EU commissioner was not “sanctioned” by me

Alphabet CEO: Plan to target EU commissioner was not “sanctioned” by me

In a virtual meeting on Thursday, Sundar Pichai told Mr. Breton, the internal market commissioner, that Google was a very large company and that the document “was never shown to me.” He added that he had not “sanctioned” the plan, according to two people familiar with the conversation.

The next big privacy battles: cross-border data flows and data localization

The next big privacy battles: cross-border data flows and data localization

The EDPS strongly encourages [European Union Institutions] to ensure that any new processing operations or new contracts with any service providers does not involve transfers of personal data to the United States.

UK lawyers uneasy about plan to prosecute hate speech at home

UK lawyers uneasy about plan to prosecute hate speech at home

Proposals to prosecute individuals for hate crimes based on what they discuss in their own homes need to be more widely debated, free speech organisations have said.

EU politicians want Europe’s next big digital law to tackle micro-targeted advertising, by regulating or even banning it

EU politicians want Europe’s next big digital law to tackle micro-targeted advertising, by regulating or even banning it

As part of the preparatory work for drafting the DSA, three of the European Parliament’s specialist committees have drawn up recommendations for what should be included: those for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, Legal Affairs, and Civil Liberties.

Stop the EARN IT Bill Before It Breaks Encryption

Stop the EARN IT Bill Before It Breaks Encryption

The bill uses crimes against children as an excuse to subject Internet platforms to new laws that can be created by all 50 states.Those state laws may well follow the set of "best practices" that will be drafted by a federal commission dominated by Attorney General Barr and law enforcement agencies.

The EU is investigating Instagram for allegedly exposing the contact data of up to 5 million underage users

The EU is investigating Instagram for allegedly exposing the contact data of up to 5 million underage users

It follows a complaint from a US data scientist, who last year said that Instagram allowed underage users to publicly display their phone numbers and email addresses by switching to "business" accounts.

Former FTC commissioners call for robust federal privacy law under FTC authority: Senate hearing

Former FTC commissioners call for robust federal privacy law under FTC authority: Senate hearing

Former FTC Commissioners Julie Brill (2010-2016), William Kovacic (2006-2011), Maureen Ohlhausen (2012-2018), and Jon Leibowitz (2009-2013) testified on the urgent need for a federal data privacy law, what it should look like, and which agency should be the governing body.

The EU is set to declare war on encryption

The EU is set to declare war on encryption

The EU is set to declare war on encryption with plans to allow law enforcement officials “targeted lawful access” to protected communications, according to a European Commission internal note seen by the Financial Times.

When the GDPR goes wrong…

When the GDPR goes wrong…

The merit behind the Bradford Trigger has nothing to do with personal data; each variable of the formula is a piece of information, which a company shall record, inter alia as required under the labour laws.

How the EARN IT Bill Undermines American’s Rights Online

How the EARN IT Bill Undermines American’s Rights Online

The bill, known as Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (or EARN IT for short), undermines American people and companies online rights by letting the Attorney General dictate how online services operate.

Facebook pauses selling Oculus Quest VR headsets in Germany due to privacy issues

Facebook pauses selling Oculus Quest VR headsets in Germany due to privacy issues

Facebook ‘temporarily pauses’ selling Oculus Quest VR headsets in Germany after German privacy watchdog HCDPFI raised privacy concerns.As soon as Facebook’s new policy was announced, the German regulator slammed the social media networking giant for making virtual reality headset buyers sign up for a Facebook account through a backdoor.

Digital Services Act: what we learned about tackling the power of digital platforms

Digital Services Act: what we learned about tackling the power of digital platforms

From February 2019, EDRi met with academics, civil society organisations and representatives of the European Commission and the Parliament to better understand what type of reform was envisaged for the e-Commerce Directive.

Sen. Ron Wyden is introducing a privacy bill that would ban government agencies from buying personal information from data brokers

Sen. Ron Wyden is introducing a privacy bill that would ban government agencies from buying personal information from data brokers

Sen. Ron Wyden said he will introduce a new privacy bill that would ban government agencies from buying people's personal information from data brokers to skirt standard court orders.

Facebook takes the EU to court over privacy spat

Facebook takes the EU to court over privacy spat

To gather information, the European Commission has demanded internal documents from Facebook that include 2,500 specific key phrases.Facebook says that means handing over unrelated but highly sensitive data.The European Commission says it will defend the case in court, and its investigation into Facebook's potential anticompetitive conduct is ongoing.

Google Misled Users Over Data Privacy, Says Australian Regulator

Google Misled Users Over Data Privacy, Says Australian Regulator

In Australian Federal Court, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) accused Google of not explicitly getting consent or properly informing consumers of a 2016 move to combine personal information in Google accounts with browsing activities on non-Google websites.

Intentional privacy breach?: Govt considers releasing patients’ personal data

Intentional privacy breach?: Govt considers releasing patients’ personal data

Task force chief and National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Doni Monardo said such data would only be made available to people living in the patients’ neighborhoods.The task force was also looking for other solutions to help protect people from the disease, Doni said.

EU Court Again Rules That NSA Spying Makes U.S. Companies Inadequate for Privacy

EU Court Again Rules That NSA Spying Makes U.S. Companies Inadequate for Privacy

The Court cited government programs like PRISM and Upstream as its primary reason for ending data flows between Europe and the United States, not the (admittedly woeful) privacy practices of the companies themselves.