Wojciech Wiewiórowski is the new EDPS

The results of the voting at the Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the Governments of the Member States to the European Union (Coreper) and at the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament (LIBE) confirm Wojciech Wiewiórowski for a 5-year mandate as European Data Protection Supervisor. He served as Acting-EDPS since the premature death of Giovanni Buttarelli.

AggregateIQ Data Services case: extraterritoriality of the Canadian privacy rules

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has just issued a report finding that AggregateIQ, a Canadian company that worked on the political campaing for Brexit, has violated the Canadian privacy rules even if it was operating on the UK campaingn. The report states that "activities of tech companies operating across borders [must] respect privacy obligations in all jurisdictions in which they operate. This is especially so in the case of handling sensitive information such as that which could reveal political opinions and personal beliefs. [...] Our report underscores that an organization must ensure that it understands, and complies with, its legal responsibilities in Canada, even when it is also operating in other jurisdictions. This is what the public expects. It is what we, as regulators, expect".

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Will privacy be an element of antitrust probes in the US?

Bloomberg publishes an interesting article where it is reported that academics but also some regulators started to push enforcers to also consider privacy lapses as a proxy for anti-competitive behavior.

HIPPA Journal reports on a steady increase in healh privacy violations

HIPPA Journal reports statistics that are of high concern: There was a 44.44% month-over-month increase in healthcare data breaches in October. 52 breaches were reported to the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights in October. 661,830 healthcare records were reported as exposed, impermissibly disclosed, or stolen in those breaches. October 2019 takes the total number of breached healthcare records in 2019 past the 38 million mark. That equates to 11.64% of the population of the United States.