Hearing of Google’s appeal against European Commission Android decision commences

On 27 September, the week-long EU General Court hearings began in order to hear Google’s appeal against the European Commission’s 2018 decision which found that Google had abused its dominant position in respect of its Android mobile operating system, and associated fine. Reports from the hearing indicate that lawyers for both the European Commission and…

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Transparency matters: WhatsApp fined EUR 225 million for violating transparency obligations under the GDPR

On 2nd September 2021 the Irish Data Protection Commission (”DPC”) imposed its biggest fine to date on WhatsApp, the messaging app owned by Facebook. In its reasoning (available here) the DPC considered both: the information provided by WhatsApp to its users, and perhaps more importantly  the lack of information provided to non-users.  Namely, it was…

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South Korea: first country to pass a bill limiting Apple and Google’s control over app store payments

South Korea’s parliament has approved on the 31st of August 2021 a bill that prohibits Apple and Google from forcing app developers to only use their proprietary billing systems. The bill is an amendment to South Korea’s Telecommunications Business Act.  This decision will allow app developers to avoid paying 15 to 30% commission on every…

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ICO Consultation for the UK Replacement of the Standard Contractual Clauses

On 11 August 2021, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) published a consultation regarding its draft guidance for international transfers of personal data (“Guidance”), as well as associated data transfer tools which serve to replace Standard Contractual Clauses (“SCC”). The ICO’s post-Brexit data protection actions include these new documents, which are subject to consultation: Proposals aimed…

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