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April 3, 2023

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Italy Bans ChatGPT Over Personal Data Risk

Silicon UK

"Italy’s data regulator has blocked ChatGPT in the country and launched an investigation into the Microsoft-backed chatbot’s use of personal data. The Garante regulator said there was concern about the massive amounts of data collected by ChatGPT from its users. It said there was no legal basis to justify “the mass collection and storage of personal data for the purpose of ‘training’ the algorithms underlying the operation of the platform”. Italy is the first Western country to ban OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which is blocked in countries including China, North Korea, Iran and Russia.  The regulator noted a 20 March software bug in the chatbot that exposed portions of users’ conversations and payment information to other users for about nine hours."

August 27, 2021

On the web

UK to Overhaul Privacy Rules in Post-Brexit Departure From GDPR

the Guardian

“Britain will attempt to move away from European data protection regulations as it overhauls its privacy rules after Brexit , the government has announced. The freedom to chart its own course could lead to an end to irritating cookie popups and consent requests online, said the culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, as he called for rules based on “common sense, not box-ticking”.   But any changes will be constrained by the need to offer a new regime that the EU deems adequate, otherwise data transfers between the UK and EU could be frozen.”

March 15, 2021

On the web

UK to Depart From GDPR

Law Gazette

“The government has sent a first signal of its intention for UK data protection laws to part company with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. In a Financial Times article last week, culture secretary Oliver Dowden said he would use the appointment of a new information commissioner to focus not just on privacy but on the use of data for ‘economic and social goals’.”

January 10, 2020

On the web

Cookie consent tools are being used to undermine EU privacy rules, study suggests


“Recent jurisprudence by the Court of Justice of the European Union also further crystalized the law around cookies, making it clear that consent must be actively signaled — meaning a digital service cannot infer consent to tracking by indirect actions (such as the pop-up being closed by the user without a response or ignored in favor of interacting with the service). Many websites use a so-called CMP to solicit consent to tracking cookies. But if it’s configured to contain pre-ticked boxes that opt users into sharing data by default — requiring an affirmative user action to opt out — any gathered “consent” also isn’t legal.”

July 8, 2019

On the web

British Airways Faces Record £183m Fine for Data Breach

BBC News

“The airline, owned by IAG, says it is “surprised and disappointed” by the penalty from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). At the time, BA said hackers had carried out a “sophisticated, malicious criminal attack” on its website. The ICO said it was the biggest penalty it had handed out and the first to be made public under new rules.”

May 15, 2019

On the web

GDPR Hits One-Year Mark: Time to Whip Your Compliance Strategy Into Shape

Chain Store Age

“While larger brands have taken a proactive approach to achieving GDPR compliance, smaller retailers are more passive — observing the trends and waiting for precedent-setting public cases to provide more clarity on the actual financial and reputational risks of poor compliance. But now that GDPR is about to hit the one-year mark in tandem with California’s Consumer Privacy Act, a new law that will enhance privacy rights for residents of California, retailers will need to rethink their lax data protocols to avoid penalization and the risk of losing customer trust altogether.”

March 19, 2019

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February 7, 2019

On the web

Cisco, like Apple and other tech giants, now wants new federal privacy law

Ars Technica

“In a blog post, Cisco’s top lawyer, Mark Chandler, called the current legal framework “not adequate.” Cisco hasn’t put forward specific bill language just yet; it is speaking for now in generalities. Particularly in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, along with the recent passage of the GDPR in the European Union and California’s own new privacy law, companies have been pushingCongress to regulate their industry like never before. Some lawmakers have taken notice and have introduced their own bills, but none have gotten far in the process just yet. Other states, like Washington and Massachusetts, are proposing their own privacy bills, too.”

January 21, 2019

On the web

GDPR gets real: Eight strategic complaints filed on “Right to Access”

Payments Cards & Mobile

noyb (a European non-profit organisation for privacy enforcement) has put the GDPR law and eight online streaming services from eight countries to the test – but no service fully complied. In eight out of eight cases, noyb has filed formal complaints with the relevant data protection authorities. All major providers engaged in “structural violation” of the GDPR law, says Max Schrems, Director of noyb.”

October 25, 2018

On the web

Retailers ditch automated emails after GDPR – but click rate rises

Internet Retailing

“GDPR has driven European retailers to cut back substantially on marketing emails but has led to a rise in their effectiveness, new research shows. A study by retail personalisation platform Nosto of its EU-based retailer customers found that the number of automated marketing emails has halved since the introduction of the legislation on 25 May of this year. The company arrived at the figure by comparing the number of emails sent in June 2018 with the number in June 2017.”

October 3, 2018

On the web

Europe is drawing fresh battle lines around the ethics of big data


“This is the calm before the storm, according to the European Union’s  data protection supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, who says the law is being systematically flouted on a number of fronts right now — and that enforcement is coming. “I’m expecting, before the end of the year, concrete results,” he tells TechCrunch, sounding angry on every consumer’s behalf.””

September 7, 2018

On the web

August 31, 2018

On the web

The GDPR Hasn’t Affected People’s Experience with Brands


“In an August 2018 survey of 1,155 UK consumers conducted by Marketing Week and Toluna, two-thirds of respondents said that the GDPR has had no impact on their experience with brands. About half of the respondents surveyed were unsure if the companies that utilize their personal data were breaching the GDPR, which became enforceable on May 25 and stipulates that a person’s data can only be used if they give a company explicit permission.”

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