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.
Outgoing UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has suggested a shift in focus from individual cookie popups at each website to regulation of browsers and devices as the source of expressing user tracking preferences.
Many businesses are still struggling to understand and comply with data protection laws and regulations. Study finds that 62.4% of companies are still not ‘completely compliant’ with data regulations which means vulnerable consumers.
Comprehensive mandates like the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) require extensive preparation—those with processes in place before it arrives will manage it best, and perhaps even derive benefits from it.
One probe calls TikTok’s #GDPR compliance into question due to data transfers to China. The other is on a theme that has been causing TikTok problems for years now: its collection and handling of the personal data of children.
Concerns about data protection and user privacy have spurred a new type of market, where spending on tools that promise such protection is expected to exceed $8 million in 2022.
Proposed fruits of the Irish DPC's three-year investigation into Facebook's consent and transparency violations are GDPR fines that would amount to a maximum of about $36 million to $42 million, or what the company makes roughly every two hours.
If the new rules are approved, a broad range of Chinese companies will be subject to screening of data transfers that involve personal information or pertain to critical infrastructure.
Anyone operating a business that violates the privacy rights of people in Quebec or fails to meet Quebec's stringent new requirements for protecting personal information may face administrative monetary penalties, fines, binding orders, and civil action.