German subsidiary of H&M fined over €35 million ($41.3 million) for misuse of employees’ data

  A German subsidiary of H&M was fined over €35 million ($41.3 million) for violation of the GDPR in the use of its employees’ data. It was found that since 2014, H&M had been processing a considerable amount of data about its employees’ persona life (such as holiday experiences, family issues, religious beliefs, and illness […]

$5B Facebook’s settlement with FTC over Cambridge Analytica approved by federal court

On April 23, 2020 a federal court officially approved the agreement reached between Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last July. FTC’s investigation began after the events of Cambridge Analytica in 2018. See here for more about this investigation. The reached settlement agreement received some criticism. Facebook agreed to shift its approach to  privacy, […]

Washington State privacy legislation: Update

  UPDATE – March 2020 – Washington Privacy Act fails again It was almost given for granted that the Washington Privacy Act would have passed this time. The Washington State House and Senate were debating two similar bills. The difference was in the enforcement mechanism: while in the House’s Bill both the Attorney General’s office and any […]

EDPS published revised eCommunications guidelines for EU institutions

On January 31, 2020 the EDPS published Revised Guidelines on personal data and electronic communications in the EU institutions (eCommunications guidelines). Recognizing that for “most people, electronic communications (eCommunications) such as email, internet and telephony, occupy a central role in their day-to-day professional and personal activities” and that “eCommunications are essential for organisations to operate […]

EDPB’s Guidelines 1/2020 on processing personal data in the context of connected vehicles and mobility related applications

On  28 January 2020 adopted the European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”) adopted the Guidelines 1/2020 on processing personal data in the context of connected vehicles and mobility related applications. The EDPB states that “connected vehicles are generating increasing amounts of data, most of which can be considered personal data since they will relate to drivers […]

DPIA( Data Protection Impact Assessment) in the GDPR – Guidelines, “blacklists” and whitelists

The GDPR requires controllers to implement appropriate measures to be able to demonstrate compliance with the GDPR itself, taking into account among others the “the risks of varying likelihood and severity for the rights and freedoms of natural persons” (article 24 (1)). In line with the risk-based approach embodied by the GDPR, carrying out a […]

Italian DPA sanctions cell phone carrier EUR 28 million over unlawful data processing

The Italian DPA (“Garante per la Protezione dei dati Personali”) issued a penalty of € 27,802,946 to cell phone carrier Tim Sp.A. for numerous and serious violations of data protection related to processing for marketing activities. The violations affected a few million people overall. From January 2017 to the first months of 2019, the DPA […]