Dutch data protection authority: Facebook violates privacy law
Tue 16 May 2017, 00:49

Facebook Group violates Dutch data protection law. That is the conclusion of the Dutch Data Protection Authority (Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens; hereinafter: DPA) after its investigation into the processing of personal data of 9.6 million Facebook users in the Netherlands. The company breaches Dutch data protection law including by giving users insufficient information about the use of their personal data. The Dutch DPA has also found that the Facebook Group uses sensitive personal data from users without their explicit consent. For example, data relating to sexual preferences were used to show targeted advertisements. The Facebook Group has made changes to end the use of this type of data for this latter purpose. The Dutch DPA currently assesses whether the other violations have stopped. If that is not the case, the Dutch DPA may decide to issue a sanction.

 

The right to be forgotten may apply all over the world
Tue 9 May 2017, 23:26

The Swedish Data Protection Authority (DPA) has checked how Google handles the "right to be forgotten", i.e. the possibility to have search results deleted. The DPA concludes that if Google is required to delete the result of a search, it may also be necessary to delete the search result when searches are made from other countries outside of Sweden.

Dutch data protection authority: Facebook violates privacy law
Tue 13 Jun 2017, 01:20

After its investigation into the processing of personal data of 9.6 million Facebook users in the Netherlands, the Dutch DPA concludes that Facebook violates privacy law. The company breaches Dutch data protection law including by giving users insufficient information about the use of their personal data. The Dutch DPA has also found that the Facebook Group uses sensitive personal data from users without their explicit consent. For example, data relating to sexual preferences were used to show targeted advertisements. The Facebook Group has made changes to end the use of this type of data for this latter purpose. The Dutch DPA currently assesses whether the other violations have stopped. If that is not the case, the Dutch DPA may decide to issue a sanction.

Spanish DPA fines Facebook 1,2 million euro
Mon 11 Sep 2017, 20:16

The Spanish Data Protection Authority fined Facebook with 1,2 million euro for several breaches of the Spanish Data Protection Law. This investigation is a part of a joint initiative of DPAs from Belgium, France, Hamburg and The Netherlands. Facebook appealed the decision. Full press release of the Spanish DPA is available in English here.

Dutch DPA: Microsoft breaches data protection law with Windows 10
Fri 13 Oct 2017, 13:00

Microsoft breaches the Dutch data protection law by processing personal data of people that use the Windows 10 operating system on their computers. This is the conclusion of the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) after its investigation of Windows 10 Home and Pro.

Investigation shows Dutch companies share customer data without consent
Sat 11 Nov 2017, 19:07

Research by the Dutch Consumers Association shows that multiple companies share customer data with Facebook without consent for more targeted advertising. Sharing such information without permission is prohibited in the Netherlands under the Data Protection Act, as confirmed by the Personal Data Authority (AP). Yet, not all companies concerned have stopped sharing data, arguing it is a common practice under companies advertising online. They claim to encrypt their data, making it impossible for Facebook to use it. According to the AP, it is not relevant whether or not the data is encrypted.