A defunct U.K. Home Office pilot project that tracked the whereabouts of 600 migrants violated British privacy law, the British data regulator said early Friday in London, giving the agency a deadline of nearly a month to bring its data processing requirements under compliance.
Britain's privacy watchdog ordered Serco Leisure, which operates nearly 40 leisure facilities, to cease using facial recognition and fingerprint scanning for clocking employees in and out, saying the company failed to demonstrate such technology was "necessary or proportionate."
Uber must pay a fine of 10 million euros to the Dutch data protection authority after the agency found the ride-hailing app maker had not been transparent about how long it kept driver data and which employees outside of Europe had access to the data.
The Italian data protection regulator fined a midsize northern city 50,000 euros for deploying a pilot artificial intelligence public safety project financed by the European Union. Trento was a partner in three pilots that planned to use AI to detect threats.
Ireland - home to the European headquarters of a throng of multinational tech companies - is responsible for the greatest amount of aggregate data protection fines - 2.9 billion euros - since the European Union General Data Protection Regulation went into effect.
Amazon in a Luxembourg court Tuesday contested a once-record privacy fine levied against the e-commerce giant for its advertising practices by the diminutive country's data protection authority. The fine of 746 million euros stems from a 2018 complaint by French privacy group La Quadrature du Net.
British Conservative lawmakers are pushing ahead with legislation modifying the U.K. codification of European privacy law despite objections from privacy advocates and concerns about the legislation's impact on European trade. Government backers say the bill will bolster the domestic AI industry.
Social media giant Meta faces a possible ban within the next 10 days across Europe on the consent-free use of personal data for ad personalization. A Meta spokesperson said the company does not face a "blanket ban" on the use of personal data and is introducing a subscription option.
A German data regulator will deepen its investigation of ChatGPT maker OpenAI to determine if the company's data processing requirements comply with European privacy law. The intensified probe will focus on the degree to which ChatGPT guarantees users' rights to access and deletion.
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The head TikTok has been summoned by European lawmakers from different parliamentary committees for an inquiry into its privacy practices. In a letter sent to TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew on Thursday, the heads of five European Parliament committees requested that Chew appear for an in-person probe.
The Polish data regulator launched a probe into OpenAI's ChatGPT for potential privacy violations of the European General Data Protection Regulation. The Polish regulator is the third European data protection agency to raise privacy concerns related to ChatGPT.
The British government on Thursday signed onto a European deal easing trans-Atlantic commercial data flows with the United States, telling Parliament that the United Kingdom will accede to a Brussels-led agreement that allows American firms such as Facebook and Google to store Europeans' data.
TikTok will pay Irish data privacy regulators 345 million euros to settle allegations that it violated the privacy of underage users. A TikTok spokesperson said the company disagreed with the Irish Data Protection Commission, saying the violations are based on features that no longer exist.