Weekly Privacy News Update – Episode 55


Twitter’s data and privacy protection under probe by lawmakers

Twitter is under inquiry by lawmakers on how it protects data and privacy after being acquired by Elon Musk. For US Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Musk could be liable for his conscious decision that violated a 2011 consent decree with the FTC, at which point Twitter pledged to downright protect consumer data. According to Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., the FTC is compelled to make sure Twitter meets its responsibilities and agreements with regulators. After the takeover of Musk, Twitter is at unrest with layoffs and loss of security executives. Its new verification badge subscription service has resulted in fraudulent accounts masquerading as celebrities, politicians, and companies; the service has been put on hold for now.

Source: Politico, IAPP

Republican-controlled House may weaken California’s influence on data privacy

California officials that disagree with the federal privacy bill may face a strenuous path to leverage the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA) in a Congress dominated by the Republicans. After moving forward from the gridlock that resulted in this year’s committee approval of the ADPPA, still concerns officials from California on the legislation undermining the state’s privacy law and key senators opposing it make final passage unlikely. The legislation is most likely the starting point in the makes Congress, in which the Republicans are the majority, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi is presumed to be succeeded by Republican Kevin McCarthy.

Source: Bloomberg Law

Meta is pursuing to nullify EUR 405 million fine from the Irish court for children’s privacy violation on Instagram

Meta is counting on the Irish High Court to rescind the EUR 405 million fine issued to them for children’s privacy violations on its Instagram platform. The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) enforced the fine for GDPR breaches in which teen users’ email addresses and mobile numbers were published without consent in the app’s default settings on the business account profile. However, the default settings have already been modified. Meta is petitioning the fine imposed by the court, claiming that the DPC’s decision disregards the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights that nullifies it.

Source: Irish Examiner, IAPP

New privacy legislation proposed in India

The Digital Personal Data Protection Act of 2022 is the new proposed privacy legislation by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology of India. The bill intends to enable personal data processing that will observe the individuals’ rights and the right to process personal data for legal reasons. The proposed legislation aims to create a data protection board to manage compliance and enforce penalties. It will also authorize cross-border data transfers for select notified countries and territories.

Source: Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, IAPP

Masha Komnenic CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT, FIP
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Written by Masha Komnenic CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT, FIP

Masha is an Information Security and Data Privacy Specialist and a Certified Data Protection Officer. She has been a Data Protection Officer for the past six years, helping small and medium-sized enterprises achieve legal compliance. She has also been a privacy compliance mentor to many international business accelerators. She specializes in implementing, monitoring, and auditing business compliance with privacy regulations (HIPAA, PIPEDA, ePrivacy Directive, GDPR, CCPA, POPIA, LGPD). Masha studied Law at Belgrade University, and she passed the Bar examination in 2016. More about the author

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