The Irish DPC has taken some heat for perceived softness in issuing GDPR fines to Big Tech. A $267 million fine issued to WhatsApp is the first substantial amount that the Irish regulator has assessed, but it comes amidst accusations and criticism.
Facebook, Google and Netflix are facing fines and actions for privacy violations, with Facebook assessed the second-largest amount in the country's history for its treatment of facial recognition templates.
The UK is now firming up what its data handling and privacy rules will look like post-Brexit. The lead item is an announcement of partnerships with countries that have lost "trusted partner" status in the EU, most notably the United States.
Germany's data protection authority has determined that Zoom's data transfers to the U.S. are in violation of the terms of the GDPR in light of the Schrems II ruling, and has issued a formal warning.
China’s new GDPR-style data protection law does almost nothing to curb the state's unfettered access to data stored within the country, but does sharply limit the ways in which tech firms can handle and share it.
The Luxembourg CNPD has issued Amazon the largest GDPR fine to date, hitting the online shopping giant with a penalty of €746 million (about $887 million) over its targeted advertising practices.
WeChat has suspended new user registrations until at least "early August" as it rolls out a security upgrade, assumed to be prompted by recent Chinese laws regarding the storage and transmission of the personal data of the country's citizens.
Proposed new set of rules would force Chinese tech companies with over one million users to apply for special cybersecurity approval before listing, citing the national security risks associated with that data falling into the hands of foreign governments.
China's new data laws formalizes a legal architecture for Chinese government control over domestic data; a basis for the CCP to claim – and claim oversight over – information, including that of private companies.