• AggregateIQ withdraws appeal against UK data-freeze order
    31 October 2018
    Facebook is being investigated by South Korea's communications regulator after the company's most recent security breach was found to have exposed the accounts of South Korean users, MLex has learned.

    MLex was told that the Korea Communications Commission, or KCC, has launched a formal investigation after it was informed by Facebook that as many as 35,000 South Korean Facebook accounts may have been compromised during what is known as the “View As” breach.

    Facebook discovered on Sept. 25 that the personal information of nearly 50 million users was exposed after hackers exploited a vulnerability in the “View As” feature on its service, which allows users to see what their profile looks like to other users on the social network.

    By Choi Hyung-jo.

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  • Car data-access policy open for comments from EU leasing companies and repairers
    22 October 2018
    Car manufacturers, leasing companies and repairers have six weeks to give their input to the European Commission to ensure fair competition in the auto industry with the rollout of Internet-connected cars next year.

    The EU executive said today it aims to provide a “governance framework for access to and sharing of data generated by connected vehicles”. It plans to issue a “recommendation” on cybersecurity, access to vehicle data, and the use of spectrum to test ultra-fast mobile connections for connected cars.

    The commission’s public consultation follows complaints by leasing companies, insurers and independent repair shops that carmakers are squelching competition by keeping control over data generated by vehicles. This concern will become more acute as the number of Internet-connected cars increases in the coming years.

    By Matthew Newman.

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  • Facebook, Google not 'above the law,' Chopra warns, saying FTC should look at privacy with antitrust lens
    18 October 2018
    In an interview in which he vowed that stronger enforcement on privacy and other issues would be his signature goal at the Federal Trade Commission, Commissioner Rohit Chopra said the agency should depart from its long-time stance of viewing competition and data protection separately.

    Chopra warned at one of the largest annual gatherings of US privacy lawyers* in Texas Thursday that big Internet companies like Google and Facebook should not count on their size and power to insulate them if they violate the law.

    “It doesn’t really matter how big you are, you’re not above the law,” Chopra said in a conversation with Angelique Carson of the International Association of Privacy Professionals in which she asked about his view of Google and Facebook.

    By Mike Swift.

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  • Carmakers, leasing companies to air views on data-sharing for connected cars
    16 October 2018
    Car manufacturers and leasing companies will be able to air views on the strategies needed to ensure fair competition in the auto industry, amid growing numbers of Internet-connected cars and data that could be used by insurers, repair shops or advertisers.

    The European Commission plans to start a feedback exercise within a week that will seek views on 5G rollout, connectivity, cybersecurity and the use of “in-vehicle data” generated from cars, an official in the commission’s transportation department said at a conference* today.

    “In the next couple of days we’ll [open] a public consultation,” Claire Depré said.

    By Matthew Newman.

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  • Google and peers in 'legal limbo' over EU data transfers, company's top lawyer says
    27 September 2018
    Google and other large companies find themselves in "legal limbo" over their compliance with EU data-transfer rules, the search giant's global privacy counsel said today, as EU judges prepare to review some of the methods used to shift data outside the bloc.

    Under EU data-privacy laws, companies can move personal data outside the bloc via several legal instruments. These include data-transfer deals with non-EU countries, binding corporate rules between a company's different subsidiaries, and boilerplate legal contracts for transfers to non-EU countries that are approved by the European Commission.

    By Vesela Gladicheva.

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