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    EN: No fan of fan pages - Data protection authorities may prohibit the operation of fan pages

    In a clarifying ruling, the Federal Administrative Court has further defined the responsibilities of an operator of a Facebook fan page. The pending proceedings concerned an administrative act of the Independent State Centre for Data Protection Schleswig-Holstein (ULD) vis-à-vis an operator of a Facebook fan page. As early as 2013, the ULD prohibited the operator from running a fan page because Facebook had collected an unknown amount of data through the fan page. The operator was initially successful in opposing the deactivation order.
    Rating: 0 (0)
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    UK: ICO – British Airways get its wings clipped

    The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) fined British Airways 204 million euros (equivalent to about 183 million British pounds). This amount corresponds to approximately 1.5 percent of the airline's worldwide annual turnover in 2018.
    Rating: 3,5 (2)
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    EU: The basics of cookie banners

    On the Internet, what are know as "cookie banners" can also be found on many websites. But most of the existing banners do not meet the legal requirements for adequate information and effective consent. What are the requirements for this?
    Rating: 4,5 (2)
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    DE: Destroy or use?

    Companies have to deal with this question when using photos of employees in brochures and flyers, and one or more employees have revoked their consent to use the photos in brochures and flyers. Do they actually have to be destroyed despite the high costs for the company?
    Rating: 4 (2)
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    GER: Does blockchain technology and data protection work together?

    In March 2019, the German Bundestag invited experts to discuss the regulatory issues of blockchain technology. The expert opinions on the handling of data using blockchain ranged from clear approval to some skepticism. Why is this "revolutionary" technology, including the sophisticated combination of validation procedures and encryption mechanisms, often question-marked? Among other things, the incompatibility with the Data Protection law is an important reason.
    Rating: 3 (2)
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    JP: Japan joins the club of safe third countries

    Transfers of personal data an be challenging in order to ensure an adequate level of data protection on the importers side in a third country. It is a relief for controllers and DPOs in the EU, if the importer is located in a so called safe third country. Japan now has joined this club and we are looking forward transferring data with them.
    Rating: 2 (2)
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    AT: “You look like an FPÖ voter!”

    Österreichische Post sells data on the presumed party affinity of individuals for advertising purposes.
    Rating: 4 (1)
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