• Personal data collection gets more complex in China as tougher rules loom
    26 February 2019
    Companies that collect personal information in any capacity in the course of their operations in China are facing stricter rules, with government authorities having recently taken steps to revise data-handling standards amid rapid technological developments and increasing public concern.

    The National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee, a standards-setting body known as TC260 that is overseen by the country's Internet regulator, has drafted a revised standard offering guidance on implementing the Cybersecurity Law as it relates to handling personal information. TC260's move comes nine months after that standard, known as the Personal Information Security Specification, took effect on May 1, 2018.

    By Xu Yuan.

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  • Google says Ireland, not Sweden, should probe location-tracking complaints
    21 February 2019
    Any probe into Google’s collection of users' location data should be led by Ireland, the company has told Sweden’s privacy watchdog, which is investigating those practices.

    In documents seen by MLex, the US tech giant also contested claims by consumer groups in six European countries that it designs its settings to “deceive” users into consenting to the gathering of their location data.

    Under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, investigations into practices that affect citizens of several EU countries should be led by the national regulator where the company in question has its EU headquarters. In Google’s case, that’s Ireland — as it is for Facebook, Apple, Twitter and others.

    By Vesela Gladicheva.

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  • Telecom market needs many players to cut cybersecurity risk, UK agency chief says
    20 February 2019
    A diverse telecom supplier market is the key to ensuring high cybersecurity standards, the chief executive of the UK's National Cyber Security Centre said today.

    Adding his voice to a global debate over Chinese technology company Huawei, Ciaran Martin told a conference* in Brussels that if one company — whether Western or Chinese — has a dominant position, it will lack incentives to take cybersecurity issues seriously, making it more vulnerable to attacks.

    Martin described technical preconditions for making next generation networks secure, and said higher standards across the telecoms sector are needed to avoid it being vulnerable to cyberattacks.

    By Cynthia Kroet.

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  • Data protection rules in Brazil still in flux as lawmakers offer flood of proposed amendments
    07 February 2019
    Decisions on which data protection rules will be enforced in Brazil and a model for the supervising agency are still far from certain, as lawmakers this week offered amendments to the December presidential decree creating the authority.

    Former President Michel Temer approved Brazil’s data protection law last August, but vetoed important provisions of the bill, such as the creation of an independent data protection authority.

    In his final days in office, Temer signed a presidential decree to create the agency, with his favored design putting it under control of the presidency, and to make changes in the bill approved by the Congress.

    By Rodrigo Russo.

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  • Sweden's Google probe over location tracking seen testing GDPR cooperation
    06 February 2019
    As Google nears a deadline to respond to a Swedish probe into whether its collection of users' location data complies with EU rules, doubts have surfaced over which regulator should handle the cross-border investigation.

    Last November, the US tech company was hit with coordinated data-privacy complaints by national consumer watchdogs in seven European countries — the Czech Republic, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia and Sweden.

    The groups contest Google's policy over serving users of its Android platform with location-specific advertising by tracking their movements through its “location history” and “web & app activity” features. They say the company doesn't act transparently and has breached the EU's General Data Protection Regulation.

    By Vesela Gladicheva.

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