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EU Permits Free Flow of Data with UK to Avoid Violations of Its Strict Privacy Rules

The European Union gave its formal blessing to a decision guaranteeing the free flow of data between the bloc and the UK. The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, on Monday adopted so-called adequacy decisions that will allow companies to …

EU Announces Tough Draft Rules on Use of Artificial Intelligence

BRUSSELS – The European Commission on Wednesday announced tough draft rules on the use of artificial intelligence, including a ban on most surveillance, in an attempt to set global standards for a key technology dominated by China and the United …

EU Set to Ban Artificial Intelligence Used for Mass Surveillance, Ranking Social Behavior

The European Union is poised to ban artificial intelligence (AI) systems used for mass surveillance or for ranking social behavior, while companies developing AI could face fines as high as 4% of global revenue if they fail to comply with …

UK’s Post-Brexit Privacy Protections Fail EU Data Protections, Activist Warns

UK privacy protections were criticized by an activist who told the European Union that the British shouldn’t be trusted to protect user data after Brexit. The personal data of EU citizens “do not at present have an adequate level of …

Dispute Among EU Regulators Delays Twitter Data Privacy Fine

Some European Union regulators objected to Ireland’s preliminary ruling in a landmark privacy investigation of Twitter, the lead regulator said on Thursday, triggering a process where a majority decision will be sought. Twitter had looked set to become the first …

Canadian Privacy Panel Finds LifeLab’s Data Breach Was One of Biggest

Canadian laboratory testing company LifeLabs failed to adequately protect sensitive health information of millions of people, resulting in one of the biggest data breaches in the country last year, privacy commissioners for the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario said …

EU Privacy Regulators Expected to Raise Fines Under GDPR Data Protection Rules

European Union privacy regulators are gearing up to make full use of expanded powers under new data protection rules, according to a report that found 114 million euros ($126.5 million) in fines have been levied so far for data violations, …

Massachusetts Auditor Says Revenue Department Needs to Better Protect Data

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue needs to do more to protect the security of taxpayer and business data, the state auditor said Monday. Auditor Suzanne Bump said an audit found the department was not prepared to respond to or mitigate …

No-Deal Brexit Could Endanger Billions of Data Transfers; Some Firms Move Data Centers

If Britain hasn’t secured a deal to leave the European Union as the clock ticks past 11 p.m. on Oct. 31, billions of data transfers could be thrown into legal limbo. Though not as visible as lines of trucks backing …

EU’s Landmark Data Privacy Law, GDPR, Already Providing Global Standard

A landmark European privacy law is making waves worldwide a year after it came into force, fundamentally changing the way data are handled as Facebook, Apple and Google face increasingly frequent complaints. Adopted on May 25 last year, the General …