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Top News: CNIL fines TotalEnergies, German ad-tech trial with digital tokens, and more

TotalEnergies fined by CNIL

The CNIL (Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés) has issued a fine of €1 million on TotalEnergies for not allowing customers to opt out of receiving marketing communications using their personal data when subscribing to an energy contract. The firm was also found to be in violation of articles 12, 14, and 21 of the GDPR. Read More

German ad-tech trial introduces digital tokens

A group of German phone companies has started a trial called TrustPid that provides personalized product recommendations in replacement for third-party tracking cookies. However, privacy advocates have raised the alarm against the technology and have termed it as a “supercookie”. Read More

Datatilsynet fines Norwegian Parliament

Norway’s Datatilsynet has fined the Storting (Norwegian Parliament) for a data breach that occurred in 2020. The penalty of NOK 2 million was issued as the administration did not implement appropriate technical and organizational measures to achieve an adequate level of safety. Read More

UK security, intelligence services need prior authorization for obtaining communications data

Based on a UK high court ruling, security and intelligence services must acquire “prior independent authorization” to obtain people’s communications data from telecom providers. The judges stated that it was unlawful for MI5, MI6 and GCHQ to obtain individuals’ communications data from telecom providers without having prior independent authorization during criminal investigations. Read More

Google, Apple asked to remove TikTok from app stores

The US FCC commissioner has asked CEOs of Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores over China-related data security concerns. The commissioner’s letter stated that the companies should provide statements to him by July 8 if they do not remove TikTok from their app stores. Read More


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