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Belgian DPA Releases Report for Second Anniversary of the GDPR

The Belgian Data Protection Authority reports that since May 2019, it has received: 937 data breach notifications 4,438 information requests 351 complaints 128 opinions requests on draft laws, decrees, or orders 5,416 data protection officer notifications In that time, the Investigation Service of the Belgian DPA has led more than 100 investigations. Going forward, it […]
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Finland: Data Protection Authority Sends GDPR Anniversary Greetings Issuing Its First Fines

Finland’s Data Protection Ombudsman has issued administrative fines against three Finnish companies for infringing data protection laws, the first since the GDPR went into effect. The infringements concerned inadequate informing of data subjects, failure to carry out a data protection impact assessment, and the collection of unnecessary personal data. The companies may appeal the decisions […]
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UK Cyber Agency Launches Review of Huawei Presence in 5G Networks

The United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre is reviewing the impact that new U.S. sanctions against Huawei could have on Britain’s deployment of 5G technology. UK officials decided in January to allow their equipment in up to 35 percent of the country’s 5G deployments – at least in the system’s less sensitive parts – but […]
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UK Data Breach Reports Decline

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office reports it received 19 percent fewer data breach notifications in the first quarter of 2020 than it did in the same period last year: 2,629, compared to 3,263. Since the GDPR came into full effect, the number of data security incidents being reported to the ICO has gradually and consistently […]
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UK Looking to Backtrack on Huawei Participation in 5G Networks: Report

The UK government is reportedly set to reverse its January decision to permit Huawei equipment to be used in the nation’s 5G networks. Rather than setting a cap of 35 percent of all radio equipment, and excluding Huawei equipment from the core of the system and sensitive sites, Parliament is apparently preparing to ban Huawei […]
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First GDPR Fine Issued in Ireland

Tusla, Ireland’s state child and family agency, has become the first organization in Ireland fined under the GDPR. The Irish Data Protection Commission has confirmed with the courts a €75,000 fine against the agency, which is not challenging it. In 2019, the DPC reported three separate inquiries into Tusla, regarding various alleged instances of inappropriate […]
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China Publishes New Measure on Cybersecurity Review of Network Products and Services

The Cyberspace Administration of China has released the final version of the Measure on Cybersecurity Review, which sets up a system reviewing network products and services used by operators of Critical Information Infrastructures. The measure implements requirements imposed by the National Security Law (2015) and the China Cybersecurity Law (2017) to safeguard the national security […]
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Bans on Foreign Equipment in U.S. Critical Infrastructure

One executive order does not a trend make, but maybe two do. On May 1, President Trump issued an executive order banning the acquisition, importation, transfer or installation of any bulk electric power system equipment where the secretary of energy has determined, first, that the equipment was manufactured by a company controlled by—or subject to […]
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Hungarian Government Suspends GDPR Data Subjects Rights

On May 4, the Hungarian government suspended – for the duration of the COVID-19 state of emergency – the GDPR's one-month deadline to reply...

Do We Need Tougher Breach Notification Rules?

When London-based currency exchange company Travelex was hit by a ransomware attack on New Year’s Eve, it delayed admitting the nature of the problem, and didn’t report the incident to the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office as required by the GDPR, based on the rationale that the data had merely been encrypted, not exfiltrated. Financial services […]
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