Facial Recognition: Greek DPA imposes a fine of 20 million Euros on Clearview AI

In July 2022, the Greek Data Protection Authority (DPA) imposed a mammoth fine of 20 million Euros on Clearview AI. According to the DPA Decision No 35/2022, this fine followed a complaint of the nonprofit organisation “Homo Digitalis”, regarding processing of biometric data. This is the highest fine ever imposed by the Greek DPA [...]

By |2022-09-30T11:10:41+01:0030th September, 2022|DPO, Governments, International|

US Children’s Privacy Law Updates

There is clear consensus among lawmakers and regulators of the need for increased regulation surrounding the processing of children’s data. Recent actions by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state lawmakers signal that companies processing children’s data should expect to see increased scrutiny.  The California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act  On September 15, 2022, Governor [...]

By |2022-09-30T10:55:55+01:0030th September, 2022|DPO, Governments, International|

Children’s Data Rights

In the wake of rising awareness for the importance of data protection and the concepts of the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), it is imperative not to forget the extra protection that should be and is required to be given to one of the most vulnerable groups in society: children. Article 1 of [...]

By |2022-09-30T09:40:01+01:0029th September, 2022|DPO, Governments, International|

Recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Litigation & Top 5 Preventative Measures

Privacy laws often differ in questions of enforcement. Many state laws, such as California’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and California Privacy Protection Agency (CPRA) generally require that the attorney general bring action. Other privacy state laws might also provide for a so-called “private right of action”, which means that affected individuals are permitted to [...]

By |2022-09-30T11:26:02+01:0029th September, 2022|Governments, International|

Google increases data protection in the dispute over the legality of abortions in the USA

Following a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case, Roe v. Wade, millions of Americans are losing the right to have an abortion. Some states have already passed so-called trigger laws. In other conservative-majority states, abortion is about to be criminalised through sanctions. So far, it has been questionable whether some states in [...]

By |2022-07-29T14:23:42+01:0028th July, 2022|Governments, International|

When is doing the right thing actually right?

It is always the right time to do the “right thing.” However, determining an objectively “right” path to follow can be a challenge. Specifically, what does that mean as applied to data privacy and security? Contemporarily, multinational corporations’ success depends significantly on the world seeing them as good corporate citizens worthy of investment. As [...]

By |2022-03-31T15:18:47+01:0010th March, 2022|DPO, ESG, Governments, ThoughtLeadership|

China’s Personal Information Protection Law Generates High Demand for DPO Services

According to the Financial Times, demand for data protection officers (DPOs) has skyrocketed since the coming into force of the Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) in China on 1 November 2021. The PIPL is China’s first comprehensive data protection legislation and is based on the constitution. The law is designed to “protect personal information rights [...]

By |2022-01-28T10:42:24+00:0012th November, 2021|DPO, Governments, International, News|

Africa focus – Kenya’s Data Protection Act 

Since the passage of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018, many countries are striving to be GDPR-compliant, and Kenya is no exception. As one of the growing fintech hot spots in Africa, the rapid advancement of technology in Kenya has been turning heads in data protection. It was recently reported that fintech innovations in Kenya immensely contributed to the sharp rise in the accessibility to basic [...]

By |2021-10-06T16:34:45+01:006th October, 2021|DPO, Governments, International|

Analysing the €225 million fine against WhatsApp

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has announced a €225 million fine against WhatsApp Ireland Ltd for breaches of the GDPR. It is the second highest fine ever issued under the GDPR. The fine followed breaches by WhatsApp of its GDPR transparency obligations to users and non-users in relation to how their data was [...]

By |2021-09-08T18:17:52+01:008th September, 2021|DPO, Governments, News|

Schrems II decision – sanctions and enforcement

It has been almost a year since the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued its well-known Schrems II decision which invalidated the Privacy Shield for data transfers between the EU and US. The Court established that if Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) are used instead, the sending party must examine privacy laws [...]

By |2021-07-13T17:40:37+01:002nd July, 2021|DPO, Governments, International, News|
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