Data Protection News Roundup – 19th February 2019

Who’s getting it wrong?

According to a Report published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Facebook “deliberately misled” a wide-ranging investigation into disinformation, “fake news” and election interference. The committee is calling for a range of reforms, including:


  • A “Compulsory Code of Ethics,” with a regulator capable of penalizing companies that fail to abide by the code.
  • Modernisation of electoral laws.
  • Legislation to require social media companies block “known sources of harmful content, including proven sources of disinformation.”

The committee also calls on the government’s Competitions and Market Authority (CMA) to “investigate whether Facebook specifically has been involved in any anti-competitive practices and conduct a review of Facebook’s business practices towards other developers, to decide whether Facebook is unfairly using its dominant market position in social media to decide which businesses should succeed or fail.”

Read the report here.


Other News

The European Commission has issued an EU-wide recall of the Safe-KID-One children’s smartwatch marketed by ENOX Group over concerns that the device leaves data such as location history, phone and serial numbers vulnerable to hacking and alteration. Read more here.

The ICO and the Financial Conduct Authority have signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding setting out the future working relationship in areas of mutual regulatory interest. Read more here.

Germany’s competition regulator has told Facebook to substantially restrict how it collects and combines data about its users unless they give explicit consent. Read more here.


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