Irish Data Protection Watchdog fines TikTok €345 million for breaking EU data law on children’s accounts

In a significant development concerning data privacy and protection, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission’s (“DPC”) final decision imposes a fine of €345 million on the popular social media platform, TikTok, for violating children’s privacy in 2020. The scale of the fine is an indication of how seriously the DPC addresses the misuse of children’s personal data…

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New Data Superhighway Between the UK and the US – Balancing Privacy and Post-Brexit Realities

In an official announcement, the UK government has solidified its participation in a transatlantic data transfer arrangement between the European Union and the United States, unveiling it as the “UK-US Data Bridge.” Earlier in June, the UK and US laid the foundation for this agreement, and on 21st September, the UK government, led by Secretary…

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Navigating Health Data Compliance: A Roadmap for Employers

The ICO has released an extensive guide clarifying employers’ responsibilities regarding the processing of their employees’ health data. This guidance comes as a result of the ICO’s analysis of feedback received during a consultation on an earlier version of the document. Health data, considered a special category of personal data, enjoys heightened protection under the…

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Transatlantic convergence? Recent cases on advertising and privacy from the USA and UK

The US Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) suit against Kochava Inc, a prominent data aggregator and analytics company, faced a recent setback when the Idaho District Court granted Kochava’s motion to dismiss the FTC’s claim.[1] The FTC alleged that Kochava’s sale of geolocation data taken from mobile devices could enable third parties to uncover sensitive, personal…

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