Equifax suffers data breach involving 143 million consumers

The consumer credit reporting agency has declared to have suffered a breach of its software that could lead to a harsh controversy. The violation involves the data of almost 143 million consumers, including sensitive personal information such as 209,000 U.S. credit card numbers.

Find the announcement by Equifax here

Irish DPA new consultation on data protection

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has opened an online consultation on two main topics identified by the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) in its last GDPR action plan: transparency and international data transfers.  The outcome of such consultation will be used for the future DPC materials and guidelines and for the information sharing during the next Fablab in order to prepare new European GDPR guidelines in cooperation with the WP29.

Find the DPC announcement here

ECHR strengthen employees’ data protection

The Grand Chamber of the ECHR has issued a verdict in the Bărbulescu case. The ruling represents a milestone, obliging employers to notify their employees before starting monitoring of their online communications. The highest Chamber has overturned a previous decision in favour of employers. The ruling also suggests that employers should be obliged to justify any control of employee communications.

The ECHR ruling is available here

European Commission VP on privacy and trust in digital age

European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip has underlined the importance of public trust in the online system, and that this would best be enhanced through Privacy and Data Protection enforcement. In addition, he explained that the new GDPR should have not be seen as a burden, but as a basis for future business models.

Andrus Ansip’s blog post is available here

Yahoo facing litigation related to three alleged data breaches

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, has ordered Yahoo to face litigation related to data breaches. The three breaches, which occurred between 2013 and 2016, have involved more than one billion users. Koh has recognised the subjects’ right to act against the company and has declared that Yahoo should have done more in order to help its users to reduce their losses.

Find the news, published by Reuters, here