What can we learn from Google €50 million fine?

On 21 January 2019, French data protection authority Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) imposed a penalty in amount of €50 million onGoogle’s U.S. headquarters – Google LLC – for infringements of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Specifically, for lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent regarding the ads personalization.



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Happy Data Protection Day!

Today is international Data Protection Day. Yes, that’s official day! Data Protection Day, or as it is called outside Europe – Privacy Day, is celebrated each January 28th already since 2007.



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DPO.guide

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.

Latest bits on privacy and cybersecurity #3

This weeks collection of latest privacy, data protection and cyber-security news and interesting articles. Enjoy the reading!

Six month prison sentence to employee for data misuse

A motor industry employee has been sentenced to six months in prison in the first prosecution to be brought by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) under legislation which carries a potential prison sentence.

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Handbook on European data protection law

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.

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Facebook users drop in Europe. What is the takeaway?

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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How Cyber Security Experts Are Staying One Step Ahead

Cybersecurity threads are moving and evolving at a rapid pace and they are a lot more sophisticated than they were a couple of years ago. Cybercriminals even use techniques developed by government intelligence agencies. Everyone who lands on a malicious website can get infected.

“The explosion in mobile device use and mobile networking has exponentially increased the number of security threats [that] individuals face on a daily basis,” said Joe Ferrara, president and CEO of Wombat Security Technologies, a security-training firm based in Pittsburgh.

Your smartphone’s sensitive personal information can be broadcast over public airwaves.

Technology experts recommend to keep learning and explore new approaches to protect your network and to to stay ahead of the game.

In this article, I’ll talk about what cyber security experts are doing to stay one stead ahead.

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