Data Privacy Digest: February 27, 2019

February 27, 2019

The Data Privacy Digest is Californians for Consumer Privacy's weekly round-up of relevant consumer data privacy news. You may subscribe here.

As we work to protect strong consumer privacy rights for all Californians, this week was a healthy reminder that the days of the World Wide Web's Wild West aren't yet behind us. Yet another breach of sensitive information coincided with examples of the ways existing enforcement measures for violations of consumer privacy in Europe and the United States try to rein in bad actors. When the California Consumer Privacy Act goes into effect next year, Californians will have the power to hold businesses accountable for failing to protect their personal information. 'Bout time this town had a new sheriff.

It’s time for this week’s Data Privacy Digest:

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Another day, another data breach. Dow Jones’ watchlist of 2.4 million high-risk individuals has leaked.

"A watchlist of risky individuals and corporate entities owned by Dow Jones has been exposed, after a company with access to the database left it on a server without a password."

"That includes current and former politicians, individuals or companies under sanctions or convicted of high-profile financial crimes such as fraud, or anyone with links to terrorism. Many of those on the list include “special interest persons,” according to the records in the exposed database seen by TechCrunch."

[https://techcrunch.com/2019/02/27/dow-jones-watchlist-leak/]

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We're starting to see how giant corporations are responding to consumer privacy accountability measures in Europe under GDPR.

"Google is 'optimistic' that it will win an appeal against a €50m fine it got in France for breaching data-privacy rules."

"It was the first major fine under new European rules known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). France said Google wasn't getting adequate consent to process users' data and serve them with personalised ads."

[https://www.independent.ie/business/world/google-optimistic-it-can-beat-50m-data-fine-37840405.html]

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Stateside, the FTC is cracking down on a COPPA violation. Video sharing app TikTok will pay $5.7M in FTC settlement over children's privacy.

"Social video app TikTok will pay $5.7 million dollars to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it illegally collected personal information from children.As part of the settlement, the app -- which was previously known as Musical.ly -- must also comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) going forward and take down videos made by kids under the age of 13, according to a release Wednesday from the FTC."

[https://www.cnet.com/news/tiktok-to-pay-5-7m-in-ftc-settlement-over-childrens-privacy/]

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