Privacy Update for the week ending 16th February 2020

In this week’s news:

  • The US charges four Chinese military officers over Equifax hack.
  • A misconfiguration in an election day app exposes data on over 6.4 million Israelis.
  • ICO and FCA issues statement covering the use of personal data by insolvency practitioners.
  • Data retention laws being used in Australia by law enforcement at odds with the federal government specifically excluding the practice.
  • Scottish MSPs warns there is no justification for using live facial recognition following privacy and human rights concerns.  
  • Amazon ducks sanctions for now as EU ponders Alexa – Luxembourg DPA looking into the issue, but not as an official investigation.
  • RideLondon organisers apologise after data breach – names, addresses and dates of birth sent to wrong applicants.
  • EDPS Wojciech Wiewiorowski talks about the evolution of the EDPS, featuring first insights into the EDPS 2020-2024 Strategy, the implementation of GDPR, global approach to #AI and data protection after Brexit.
  • New Swiss Data Protection Act is in the final stage expected to enter force in 2021.
  • Irish DPC raids Facebook and as Facebook shelves immediate plan for a dating feature. Irish DPC statement.
  • Japan has taken steps to ensure that the UK will continue to be treated as an “adequate” destination for transfers of personal data now that the UK has formally left the EU.
  • The Belgian Data Protection Authority published its strategic plan setting out its policy priorities and strategic objectives for the next five years.
  • The Court of Rome overturned a consolidated position of the Italian data protection authority relating to marketing consent.

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