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Politico EU
Social media on cell phone
/ Fines news, GDPR, Ireland

WhatsApp staring down the barrel of 50 mil euro fine

Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp could be fined up to €50 million over violations of the European Union's data protection rules, according to three people with direct knowledge of the procedure who spoke with POLITICO. The preliminary penalty — the figure is now under consultation with the bloc's other ...
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TechCrunch
British Airways fine reduced to 20 million pounds
/ Fines news, GDPR, UK

British Airways fine reduced to 20 million pounds

One of the biggest data breaches in U.K. corporate history has been closed off by regulators not with a bang, but a whimper. Today the Information Commissioner’s Office, the U.K.’s data watchdog, announced that it would be fining British Airways £20 million ($25.8 million) for a data breach ...
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Which-50
Cambridge Analytica employee argues tougher fines are needed
/ Australia, Fines news

Cambridge Analytica employee argues tougher fines are needed

The size of the potential penalty Facebook is facing in Australia over the Cambridge Analytica scandal is one of the few fines that may be large enough to move the needle on data compliance, argues former Cambridge Analytica employee turned data advocate Brittany Kaiser. Speaking to an audience ...
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TechCrunch
GDPR "at risk of failing", says Brave browser company
/ Fines news

GDPR “at risk of failing”, says Brave browser company

Brave, a maker of a pro-privacy browser, has lodged complaints with the European Commission against 27 EU Member States for under resourcing their national data protection watchdogs. It’s asking the European Union’s executive body to launch an infringement procedure against Member State governments, and even refer them to ...
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Compliance Week
COVID-19 stalls BA and Marriott GDPR fines
/ Fines news, UK

COVID-19 stalls BA and Marriott GDPR fines

The ICO press office confirmed Monday that “the regulatory process is ongoing” for both cases, adding that most enforcement efforts have been put on hold in light of the pandemic. The two GDPR fines, initially announced in July 2019, were each delayed for the first time earlier this ...
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Latin Lawyer
Brazil's LGPD effective date to be deferred until 2021

Brazil’s LGPD effective date to be deferred until 2021

Brazil’s federal senate has passed an emergency coronavirus bill that includes a provision to delay the country’s data protection law until January 2021. The data protection law, known as the LGPD (Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados), was initially set to come into force in August 2020. Some ...
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SC Magazine
Tiktok could be at risk of another privacy fine

Tiktok could be at risk of another privacy fine

TikTok’s continued use of HTTP to move sensitive data across the internet is allowing the videos and other content being sent by the app’s users to be tracked and altered, according to two web developers. Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk noted in a blog that the CDN ...
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Byte Back
Los Angeles cityscape
/ California, CCPA, Fines news

CCPA enforcement deadline of 1 July will not be extended

In another sign that the California Attorney General has no plans to delay the CCPA’s July 1, 2020, enforcement deadline, on Friday April 10, 2020, the AG’s office issued a press release reminding California residents of their data privacy rights during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Attorney General, ...
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