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Now Available: Webinar – Operationalizing the California Consumer Privacy Act – Key Decisions and Compliance Strategies

We have extensively covered the California Consumer Privacy Act, the first U.S. law comprehensively regulating the collection, use, and disclosure of general consumers’ personal information in the U.S.  This important legislation poses significant compliance challenges for organizations that engage with residents of California, the world’s fifth largest economy. On June 19, 2019, Hogan Lovells partners Mark Brennan and Bret Cohen discussed in great detail the impact of the law, explained key definitions, and offered practical guidance on how to navigate it during the webinar, “Operationalizing the California Consumer Privacy Act.” More

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First Fine Imposed by the Polish DPA Under the GDPR

The President of the Personal Data Protection Office in Poland (Polish DPA) imposed a fine amounting to PLN 943,470 (approximately EUR 220,000; approximately USD 245,977) for failing to fulfil the company’s transparency obligations towards over six million data subjects under Article 14 of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This is the first fine imposed by the Polish DPA under the GDPR and Poland’s Act on Personal Data Protection of 10 May 2018 implementing the GDPR. The decision provides some limited insights into the interpretation of the term “disproportionate effort”

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Dutch Data Protection Authority Sets GDPR Fines Structure

On 14 March 2019, the Dutch data protection authority (Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, DPA) announced (in Dutch) its fining structure for violations of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Dutch law implementing the GDPR (Implementation Act). The GDPR sets two levels of administrative fines that may apply depending on which GDPR provisions have been infringed: The higher of €10 million or 2% of global revenue and the higher of €20 million or 4% of global revenue. At both levels, the GDPR sets maximums for administrative fines and calls on

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GDPR Enforcement Update: Increasing Fines Expected from German DPAs | HL Chronicle of Data Protection

Many companies have been struggling with GDPR implementation over the past two years, putting much effort into new roles, privacy concepts, and workflows. Now that the dust of the immediate GDPR compliance rush is settling, the first details of fines imposed under the GDPR and the number of cases pending with Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) in Europe are being made public. In Germany, DPAs are investigating a broad range of non-compliance issues and showing a tendency toward increasing their enforcement activities, to the point that we expect an announcement of

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An Approach for Setting Administrative Fines Under the GDPR

Article 83 of the GDPR provides for two levels of administrative fines: a lower level – maximum of €10 million or 2% of the global turnover – for violations relating to record-keeping, data security, data protection impact assessments, data protection by design and default, and data processing agreements; and a higher level – maximum of €20 million or 4% of the global turnover – for violations relating to data protection principles, the legal basis for processing, information to data subjects, the prohibition of processing sensitive data, denial of data subjects’

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Why Europe’s New Privacy Reg is a Business-Critical Issue

It has finally happened. Like that train you are waiting for that keeps getting delayed but eventually arrives. The all-powerful trio comprising the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission arrived at their destination after a journey of four years, and on December 15th, 2015, agreed the final text of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Once formally adopted in the coming weeks, the GDPR will create a completely new legal framework for the collection, use and sharing of personal information that will apply well

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FCC Fines More Companies for Wi-Fi Blocking

On November 2, 2015, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission issued two proposed fines related to Wi-Fi hotspot blocking. In the first notice the FCC proposed a penalty of $718,000 against M.C. Dean, one of the largest U.S. electrical contracting companies, for allegedly interfering with and disabling the operation of consumers’ Wi-Fi devices at the Baltimore Convention Center.  In the second notice, the FCC proposed a $25,000 penalty against Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc., for “willfully and repeatedly” failing to respond to an FCC inquiry and for obstructing the agency’s investigation. The

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband

French competition authority fines mobile operators for on-net pricing strategy

The French Competition Authority imposed a fine of €117.4 million on Orange France and France Telecom, and €65.7 million on SFR for anticompetitive practices in the mobile telephony sector. In its December 13, 2012 decision, the competition authority found that the operators’ offers including unlimited calls to mobile phones of the same network were anticompetitive. These offers were mainly proposed to residential clients between 2005 and 2008. Pricing practices in France’s call termination markets have been in the spotlight for many years.  High rate differentiation between on-net calls within the