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Top News - Big Tech just lost a round in its fight to profit from our private data; Data Protection Laws Put to Test as Privacy Breaches Rise

TikTok allegedly still sharing data with China; Uber receives €10 million fine and more

A view from Brussels: GDPR 'still in the making' 8 years later

The European Commission is gearing up to release its second report on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) after consulting stakeholders and receiving over 260 submissions. While stakeholders universally praise the GDPR's role in enhancing personal data protection, they also highlight implementation challenges and call for improvements in enforcement, coherence with other data-related legislation, and guidance from data protection authorities. Meanwhile, EU negotiators have reached a provisional agreement on the European Health Data Space, aiming to facilitate cross-border access to medical data and foster research and innovation, while the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued new guidance on fines, emphasizing transparency and deterrence in enforcing data protection compliance. Read more

EU: Commission announced the release of living guidelines on the responsible use of generative AI in research

The European Commission, alongside stakeholders and European Research Area countries, unveiled 'Living guidelines for the responsible use of generative AI in research' on March 20, 2024, aiming to uphold research integrity and transparency. These guidelines counsel researchers to avoid using generative AI in sensitive tasks like peer reviews, respect privacy, and intellectual property rights, while urging research and funding organizations to monitor AI usage and support transparent application. This initiative marks a significant step towards ethical AI integration in research practices. Read more

Big Tech just lost a round in its fight to profit from our private data

In a bold move, the Biden administration rejects Big Tech's influence over data regulations, overturning Trump-era proposals that would have hindered data privacy and national security efforts. Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel laureate and former chief economist of the World Bank, applauds this decision, emphasizing the importance of democratic debate in shaping digital policies. The move signals a shift towards empowering government authority to regulate tech giants and address concerns over privacy violations and monopolistic practices, setting the stage for a crucial policy debate. Read more

OECD privacy, AI leaders come together to bridge gaps

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has launched a new Expert Group on AI, Data, and Privacy to bridge the gap between AI and privacy communities. With the aim of fostering collaboration and finding common ground, the group brings together stakeholders from industry, academia, and regulators to address challenges in regulating AI and privacy issues while promoting innovation and trust in the evolving digital landscape. Led by experts like Denise Wong and Winston Maxwell, the group seeks to define parameters, establish common terminology, and create a trusted ecosystem for navigating existing laws and driving innovation responsibly. Read more

Data Protection Laws Put to Test as Privacy Breaches Rise

Amid rising concerns over data privacy breaches in Nigeria, the federal government vows to enforce stringent data protection laws to safeguard citizens' personal information. With the Nigeria Data Protection Act of 2023 in place, businesses are urged to prioritize customer trust by complying with regulations and implementing proactive privacy measures to prevent unauthorized data access and mitigate potential breaches. As connectivity expands and digital transactions surge, the government's commitment underscores the importance of reinforcing data security measures in the face of evolving cyber threats. Read more


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