Policy Observatory

Facebook fined for data breaches in Cambridge Analytica scandal

Sat, 2018-07-14 21:09

Facebook is to be fined £500,000, the maximum amount possible, for its part in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the information commissioner has announced. The fine is for two breaches of the Data Protection Act. The Information Commissioner’s Office concluded that Facebook failed to safeguard its users’ information and that it failed to be transparent about how that data was harvested by others.

Labour bought data on 1m mothers and their children

Sat, 2018-07-14 21:07

The British Labour party bought data on more than 1 million new and expectant mothers and their children from a leading baby club ahead of the 2017 general election. The Information Commissioner’s Office has issued a notice of intent to fine Emma’s Diary £140,000 for the infraction.

EU wants to require platforms to filter uploaded content (including code)

Fri, 2018-04-13 19:08

The EU is considering a copyright proposal that would require code-sharing platforms to monitor all content that users upload for potential copyright infringement (see the EU Commission’s proposed Article 13 of the Copyright Directive). The proposal is aimed at music and videos on streaming platforms, based on a theory of a “value gap” between the profits those platforms make from uploaded works and what copyright holders of some uploaded works receive. However, the way it’s written captures many other types of content, including code.

Spanish Data Protection Agency fines Whatsapp and Facebook for sharing and processing personal data without consent

Fri, 2018-04-13 19:06

The Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) just published a resolution imposing fines of €300k to WhatsApp and Facebook each for exchanging, sharing and crossing personal data data without appropriate user consent.

Google loses 'right to be forgotten' case

Fri, 2018-04-13 19:05

A businessman fighting for the "right to be forgotten" has won a UK High Court action against Google. The man, who has not been named due to reporting restrictions surrounding the case, wanted search results about a past crime he had committed removed from the search engine.