Irish Data Protection Commission fines Meta for GDPR violations related to behavioural advertising

On January 4,2023, the Irish Data Protection Commission (hereafter “the DPC”) announced the imposition of two administrative fines of total amount € 390 million on Meta Platforms Ireland Limited (“Meta Ireland”). The fines concerned data protection violations related to Facebook and Instagram services regarding behavioural advertising. The DPC ordered Meta to bring its data processing […]

French Privacy Watchdog, CNIL fines Apple over lack of consent regarding Personalised Ads

On December 29, 2022, the French Data Protection Authority (hereafter “CNIL”) announced the imposition of an administrative fine of €8 million on Apple Distribution International. The penalty was imposed in response to a complaint and related to the use of personalised advertisements that were set to default settings in violation of Article 82 of the […]

Data protection challenges and priorities 2023: The Annual IAPP-EY Privacy Governance Report

Each year the International Association of Privacy Professionals and Ernst & Young team up to survey the privacy landscape across the globe. To do so they survey hundreds of privacy professionals in different regions, sectors and countries to identify key trends in professionals’ and organisations’ experience and expectations to guide activities for the following year. […]

The ICO’s Transfer Risk Assessment and How it works in Practice

On 17 November 2022 the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published much needed guidance on international data transfers alongside a Transfer Risk Assessment (TRA) tool. The tool is designed to assist data controllers in assessing whether restricted data transfers can be made. Restricted transfers (UK) are data transfers made from the UK to a third country […]

“Data scraping” investigation results in €265m data protection fine for Meta

Meta fined in Ireland

Background Meta Ireland Platforms Limited (“Meta”, formerly Facebook Ireland Limited) is the subject of another fine from the Irish Data Protection Commission (“the DPC”) following what it termed its “Data Scraping” investigation into Meta platforms. This investigation by the DPC had commenced in Spring of 2021 after news broke of a leaked dataset online containing […]

Digital Services Act: A First Step in Regulating the Online Environment

The Digital Services Act (DSA), which entered into force on 16 November 2022, marks a milestone in the fight to create a safe online environment. As a Regulation, the Act is directly applicable and will therefore ensure there is harmonised approach throughout the EU. The Act not only tackles illegal activities but also imposes new […]

When is a data breach notifiable to the Supervisory Authority?

Article 33 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) imposes obligations on data controllers to report personal data breaches to the relevant Supervisory Authority (SA) within 72 hours of the data controller becoming aware of the breach. These obligations arise unless the personal data breach is unlikely to result in a risk to the rights and freedoms […]

Publishing house fined for data security violation under the GDPR

In late 2021, the Spanish Data Protection Authority (‘AEPD’) initiated an investigation on the data processing activities of Bayard Revistas S.A., a publishing house in Madrid, after receiving a complaint by an individual. According to this complaint, the person in charge of Bayard’s web portal notified all data subjects via e-mail that a third party […]