Court Rules Grandma Must Remove Photos of Her Grandchildren From Facebook

It seems that the European Union’s digital privacy protections aren’t just a handy way to keep the Facebooks and Googles of the world from snooping into your personal life. According to a recent court ruling in the Netherlands, these same protections can apply to overly invasive family members, too. Read More >>

Court Orders Grandma to Delete Facebook Photos of Grandkids

A court in the Netherlands has used GDPR legislation to order an old lady to delete the photos of her grandkids that she put online, after her daughter made repeated requests to have them removed. Granny didn't, so it all went to court. Read More >>

European Authorities Ban Dirty Cookie Practices in GDPR Update

When GDPR rolled out across the European Union back in 2018, the sweeping legal framework pledged to bring consumer privacy and protection to the forefront. In the years since then, we’ve seen the adtech industry at large do its collective darnedest to undermine these laws at every turn, and largely get away with it, thanks in part to the squishy phrasing of some of the legislation’s most critical clauses. Read More >>

UK Google Users are Losing EU Data Protection Because of Brexit

Now that the UK has finally got its Brexit ducks in a row (kind of), Google users will lose the data protection afforded to them by the European Union. Read More >>

How Much Should Tech Pay?

European regulators have spent the last few years trying to determine how much you’re worth in data – beyond your email, name, and location, that includes race, religion, opinions, and even mental state. A new report by the global law firm DLA Piper has found that, since Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect in May 2018, EU Member States have fined companies a total of €114 million (£97 million) for at least 59,430 personal data breaches. The policy promised to go out for scalps, but it’s still unclear how much the policy has delivered. Is €114 million a lot? I don’t know, and regulators don’t either. Read More >>

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Dating Apps Caught Sharing Your Details With ‘Dozens’ of Third Parties: Report

If you’re one of those people who’s a bit unnerved by your phone’s apps tracking your every move, I have some bad news – it turns out dating apps are just as guilty as the rest of them. But unlike other apps, they also know what makes you horny. Read More >>

Top UK Websites’ Annoying Pop-Ups Aren’t Even Doing GDPR Right, Study Finds

It’s been more than a year and a half since the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect, but the Internet’s still a long way from getting compliance right. Read More >>

Twitter: We Did Not Mean to Delete the Dead

On Tuesday, Twitter announced that it would soon be launching a purge of inactive users to free up choice usernames for others, potentially allowing users to claim sweet handles like @badguy, @vomit, @logoff, or @gillbates. Just one problem: Twitter forgot that some of those accounts may belong to people who are dead. Read More >>

Sweden’s First GDPR Fine Goes to a High School Piloting Facial Recognition Attendance

A school in northern Sweden experimented with facial recognition as a system to document student attendance, and the Swedish Data Protection Authority (DPA) fined the municipality 200,000 SEK (about £16,800) for violating the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It’s the first time the country has been fined for violating the digital privacy violation, which began enforcement in May of last year. Read More >>

Google Fined £44 Million for Burying Privacy Terms Where Users Won’t Find Them

Google has been fined $56.8 million (£44 million) by privacy regulators in France, marking the country’s first use of the tough new privacy rules enacted in Europe last year. Specifically, the company is accused of violating the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by using, without proper consent, the private data of users to craft personalised ads; and by burying key privacy disclosures pages deep amid oceans of text. Read More >>

Facebook Could Face Up to £1.25 Billion Fine for Latest Hack Under the GDPR

Facebook’s stunning disclosure of a massive hack on Friday in which attackers gained access tokens to at least 50 million accounts – bypassing all security measures and potentially giving them full control of both profiles and linked apps – has already stirred threats of a $1.63 billion dollar fine in the European Union, according to the Wall Street Journal. Read More >>

British Airways Asks Travellers to Tweet Security Details Under Vague “GDPR” Excuse

Whoever's manning the BA social media accounts really needs to do a serious hour of in-house security training, as the firm has been discovered asking travellers to reply – publicly, on Twitter – with their names, passport numbers, post codes and more, in order to "comply with GDPR" in some bizarre way. Read More >>

Facebook’s ‘Maximum Penalty’ for Cambridge Analytica is Pocket Change

Facebook, the social media giant that recently clocked in at a total valuation of nearly $600 billion, is facing the maximum penalties UK authorities have available to punish the company for its role in the Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal. And – drumroll, please – it’s £500,000. Read More >>

Facebook, Google, and Microsoft Use Design to Trick You Into Handing Over Your Data, New Report Warns

Your favourite tech companies are trying to trick you into giving up your data, and a new study shows how they’re using design to do it. Read More >>