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Yahoo fined $35M for failing to disclose 2014 breach

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Yahoo will pay $35 million to settle charges for failing to properly disclose its 2014 data breach, MediaPost reports. The 2014 data breach affected 500 million users, as hackers were able to steal email addresses,...

Sens. introduce social media privacy bill

Sens. John Kennedy, R-La., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., have introduced the Social Media Privacy Protection and Consumer Rights Act, The Hill reports. The bill will allow users to opt out of having their data collected, make websites produce terms of services that are...

Tanzania introduces new law to regulate online content

Tanzania has introduced a new law to target online platforms, including blogs, podcasts and streaming content, requiring them to join a national registry and pay a $900 license, VOA reports. The government has noted the law will help monitor and control online...

Atos partners with Google Cloud to offer GDPR solutions

French IT services company Atos announced a collaboration with Google Cloud to offer secure artificial intelligence solutions to support clients as they comply with requirements under the EU General Data Protection Regulation, Reuters reports. Eric Grall, executive...

Amazon’s new delivery option raises privacy concerns

While Amazon recently announced it will begin “in-car� delivery services for customers who have both an Amazon Key app and specific vehicle capabilities, some privacy and legal professionals have voiced concern over the company’s collection of consumer data, The...

Study examines trends in privacy law compensation

JW Michaels conducted a study on compensation trends for corporate privacy protection counsel. The study examines the qualifications for an ideal candidate and the challenges companies are facing when trying to hire an individual for the position. Several Fortune...

WhatsApp raises minimum age to 16 in Europe

WhatsApp announced it will raise the minimum age for its European users from 13 to 16 in order to comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation, VOA News reports. The messaging app will make the change when it releases its new privacy policy and terms of...

Twitter updates privacy policy ahead of GDPR

Ahead of the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation, Twitter announced updated privacy policies that aim to add a level of transparency, Reuters reports. In an effort to simplify some technical language, the updated privacy policy clarifies how the platform...

Most member states won’t be ready for GDPR

The EU's incoming General Data Protection Regulation is, as the name makes clear, a regulation. Unlike an EU directive, it applies across all member states without the need for each country to transpose it into national law.  However, each member state does still...

Is this a perfect storm toward Privacy Shield’s demise?

From its very beginning, rising from the ashes of the debunked Safe Harbor, Privacy Shield has been on shaky ground. However, fresh concern from the European Parliament and a referral to the European Court of Justice have put its future in more doubt than before. On...

How do the rules on audio recording change under the GDPR?

With the GDPR enforcement around the corner, businesses that market to or process the information of EU data subjects need to comply with the GDPR’s requirements or face the financial consequences. One of the key changes to the current data protection framework...

Why should a DPO be global?

The General Data Protection Regulation introduces a general EU-wide obligation to appoint a formal data protection officer. This role is responsible for the data protection (or privacy) management program within data controllers or data processors in order to satisfy...

Excessive personal data — who decides?

One of the questions that does not get much attention in data protection is the concept of excessiveness. Data Protection Directive Article 6(1)(c) states personal data must be “(c) adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to the purposes for which they are...