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Top News: Microsoft fined €60 million, ICO publishes data breach cases details, and more 

Microsoft fined for imposing advertising cookies on users French DPA, CNIL imposed a €60 million on Microsoft’s Bing as they had no mechanisms in place for users to refuse cookies as easily as they could accept them. The cookies were collected without user consent to be used for, among other things, advertising purposes. Microsoft has a 3-month cure period after which a further penalty of €60,000 per day could be imposed. Read More.

Fortnight maker Epic Games fined over children’s privacy matter The Federal Trade Commission imposed a fine of $520 million on Epic Games for violating Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) for using dark patterns to deceive users into making ‘unintentional purchases’. Further the FTC claims that children were exposed to harassment and abuse because of Epic Games’ live text and voice communication features. Read More.

FTC to increase scrutiny on Twitters privacy probe Federal Trade Commission has called in two former senior Twitter executives, former Chief Privacy Officer, Damien Kieran and former Chief Security Officer, Lea Kissner for questioning. The questioning was to obtain information on whether Musk’s twitter is in line with the 2011 consent order that Twitter agreed to based on previous privacy matters. Read More.

SCC deadline reminder issued by CNIL French DPA issued a reminder that the old standard contractual clauses (SCCs), including those signed before June 2021, can no longer be used to regulate data transfer outside of the EU, as of 27th. Read More.

Data breach information published by ICO UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office published on its website, cases, complaints, investigations and details of personal data violations on its website. This detailed ‘naming and shaming approach could make ICO one of the more aggressive privacy regulators in Europe’ said Edward Machin, associate at Ropes & Gray. Read More.


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