I am happy to announce, that my side project – DPO.guide – is live and open to public. The primary aim of project is to create and collect guidance and resources for data protection officers (DPOs) and everyone else interested in privacy and data protection.
DPO.guide is a living project – I will add more resources and functionality to website. And I hope you will both find the project useful and will help it grow – by adding resources and spreading the word.
There are still many functionality and parts to be added – like possibility to add resource by anyone directly from website. But we’ll get there with time. At the moment – please use contact form on the site. Or just email me links to resources that may be useful to others interested in privacy and data protection.
European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights has published a handbook on European data protection law. This handbook is designed to familiarise legal practitioners not specialised in data protection with this emerging area of the law. The handbook provides an overview of the EU’s and the CoE’s applicable legal frameworks.
It also explains key case law, summarising major rulings of both the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights. In addition, it presents hypothetical scenarios that serve as practical illustrations of the diverse issues encountered in this ever-evolving field.
Recently Facebook published latest (Q3) user and revenue update, having the overall users base drop (in Europe and US, mainly).
While the drop of users, when compared to total numbers, is small, it is strong signal that users in Europe are not happy with some of Facebook’s practices. More specifically, the drop-in user count is attributed mostly to the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal in early 2018 when it was revealed Cambridge Analytica had harvested the personal data of millions of people’s Facebook profiles without their consent and used it for political purposes. It has been described as a watershed moment in the public understanding of personal data usage and precipitated a massive fall in Facebook’s stock price and calls for tighter regulation of tech companies’ use of data. This serious breach of privacy no doubt caused some users to simply stop using Facebook.
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Dutch police have seized two servers belonging to Switzerland-based VPN provider Perfect Privacy. The VPN provider claims that Dutch police haven’t informed or contacted them about the reason servers were seized and about seizure they were informed by their hosting provider. Despite the seizure of servers, Perfect Privacy promises that no user data was compromised.
Recently Microsoft has revealed that it is expanding the coverage of “right to be forgotten” mechanism in Europe. Microsoft will now use location signals such as IP addresses to delist URLs on all versions of its search engine Bing.
If someone in France successfully requests delisting of a URL on Bing, in addition to delisting that URL from all applicable European versions of Bing, Bing will now also delist that URL for all searches of that person’s name — regardless of what version of Bing is being used — if the search originates from a location within France.
Free EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) app is now available for iPhone and iPad users (unfortunately there is no Android version). With this app you always will have instant access to all the articles and recitals of GDPR. GDPR app is created by DPOrganizer in collaboration with the Swedish Data Protection Forum.