EU hands Meta $1.3B non-compliance fine and desist order

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission fined Meta $1.3 billion and ordered it to stop transfer of
Facebook data collected on European users to the US. It is one of the most consequential rulings since the General Data Protection (GDPR) law was enacted and is the result of an EU court’s ruling GDPR protection was violated. If upheld, it could affect data related to photos, friend connections and direct messages stored by Facebook. Not surprisingly, Meta plans to appeal. It has a 5-month grace period, so states it won’t currently need to disrupt service.

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US Supreme Court gives Big Tech a coveted victory; continued protection for Section 230

May 23, 2023

Tech companies won’t be held liable for user posts and any subsequent disinformation – thanks to two Supreme Court cases won by Google and Twitter. The companies and tech platforms withstood a challenge to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Established in the early days of the Internet, Section 230 protects companies against liability for postings of users. So, despite growing concerns now about disinformation, discrimination, and violent content on social platforms and sites, these justices opted to side with corporations.

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IT’S THE LAW (05/23/2023)

May 23, 2023

Hong Kong and the Philippines have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to strengthen privacy rights for citizens of each. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data of Hong Kong (PCPD) and The National Privacy Commission (NPC) of the Philippines have established the alliance to ensure more robust data governance, safeguard data subject rights, and to work together on breach investigations, training and education.

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