Because Privacy Matters

Author : Francoise Gilbert

Failure to Meet Data Retention and Data Minimization Obligations In Germany Results in a € 14.5 Million fine

The abundance of storage space and the increased pressure to keep interacting with current or former customers prompt businesses to collect large amounts of data, and retain as much of this data as possible, often well beyond actual useful period. Too often, businesses may not spend the time and resources necessary to periodically audit their […]

Proposed $5 Billion Settlement Against Facebook

A record $5 billion privacy settlement is proposed by the Federal Trade Commission to conclude the investigation started in March 2018 after reports that Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed personal data of 270,000 Facebook users and some of their friends. This incident is said to have affected approximately 50 million Facebook users. According to press reports, […]

Move over California CCPA, here is Nevada law!

California has dominated the privacy news due to the looming January 1, 2020 deadline, when the California Consumer Privacy Act enters into effect.  However, there is an earlier deadline for which business need to prepare – October 1, 2019 – when Nevada privacy law, a friendlier version of the CCPA enters into effect. Nevada Consumer […]

CCPA – California Consumer Privacy Act – A Primer

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA), codified as Cal. Civ. Code §1798.100 et seq,is California’s current attempt at regulating the collection and use of personal information of California residents. The statute has numerous similarities with the GDPR – the EU General Data Protection Regulation – especially those provisions of the GDPR that define […]

Google Troubles with the French CNIL

CNIL v. Google (January 2019) In January 2019, the French National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) CNIL published a “deliberation” concerning alleged violations of the GDPR by Google LLC., assessing a 50 million Euro fine to Google. The investigation into Google’s practices was initiated after the receipt of received complaints by two non-profit organizations regarding certain […]

Facebook Antitrust Trouble in Germany

BunderKartellamt v. Facebook (February 2019) In February 2019, the Bundeskartellamt – Federal Cartel Office (FCO) – Germany’s competition law authority, issued an antitrust ruling against Facebook. The FCO observed that because of Facebook’s dominant position on the market, users feel compelled to sign up and agree to its data handling policies regardless of the terms. […]

GDPR and Blockchain: Can they Coexist?

GDPR and blockchain do not coexist easily. GDPR attempts to ensure that personal data is retained for as short a period as possible, give in- dividuals control over their personal data, and allow easy modifica- tion, correction or erasure at any time at the individual’s request. Blockchain is intended to serve as an immutable ledger, […]

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