IT’S THE LAW (01/10/2023)

Spain’s new Real Decreto 933/2021 legislation sets stage for extensive data collection on travelers – and raises alarms about privacy overreach. Beginning with a five-month adoption period that kicked off January 2nd, accommodation and car rental providers, which had been collecting no more than 8 personal data points on travelers, will now be expected to collect more than 30.

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Google to pay $23M to settle US class action for 3rd-party sharing

January 10, 2023

It took twelve years to strike the deal, but Google just agreed to pay $23 million, almost three times its original offer, to settle a class action claiming its search engine leaked personally identifiable data by transmitting queries to publishers and third parties. The case alleged the company violated the Stored Communications Act which governs access to records held by internet providers, as well as California laws.

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Apple gets small (for them) fine from CNIL

January 10, 2023

While €8 million would be a big fine for most companies, it’s small potatoes for Apple. However, France’s data protection authority CNIL just levied that fine against Apple as a reminder that keeping one’s promises is important. In this case, Apple, which claims to pay close attention to keeping user data private, in fact was found to handle user data carelessly by collecting iPhone user data for targeted ads without obtaining consent.

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Amazon Backs Down on Charging Sellers Who Don’t Use Its Fulfillment Services

September 25, 2023

There’s probably no limit to Amazon’s greed – because capitalism – but there are constraints as governments regulate BigTech more aggressively and, just maybe, the free market works its wonders. Amazon cited “seller sentiment related to the fee” in its statement pulling back from its planned 2% fee on sellers who don’t use its Prime fulfillment services.  But looming antitrust cases likely had something to do with it.

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