Big Data

Facing Fines—The Mechanics of Facebook’s Reportedly Forthcoming FTC Settlement

Kyle Coogan

On April 24, 2019, Facebook announced to investors that it expects to set aside an amount between $3 billion and $5 billion in relation to the investigation by the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding Cambridge Analytica prior to any final judgment on the matter.  In mid-July, it was reported that the FTC voted Read More

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Operationalising data ethics in the financial services sector

Karishma Brahmbhatt

Financial institutions have become accustomed to managing gigantic volumes of data, ranging from customer data to business intelligence and employee data. However, the financial services sector is being revolutionised by data-driven, and data-generating, technology. With the likes of mobile, blockchain and artificial intelligence reshaping traditional financial services, we are seeing the emergence of a new Read More

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German antitrust authority restricts Facebook’s processing of user data

Catharina Glugla

On 7 February 2019 the German antitrust authority (Bundeskartellamt) found that the extent to which Facebook collects, merges, attributes to and uses data in user accounts amounts to an abuse of a dominant position on the market for social networks. Under Facebook’s current terms and conditions, users have to agree to Facebook: (1) collecting user Read More

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Defogging the CLOUD Act

Natalie Young

Earlier this year, Congress passed the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (“CLOUD”) Act. The CLOUD Act is significant because it allows US law enforcement authorities to access the data of US companies held abroad and could allow foreign governments who have entered into an executive agreement with the US to obtain data stored by Read More

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WP29 draft guidelines on profiling and automated decision-making under the GDPR

Ondrej Kramolis

On 17 October, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) published new draft guidelines on profiling and automated decision-making under the GDPR (the Guidelines). The Guidelines identify two benefits of profiling – increased efficiencies and resource savings and note that profiling and automated-decision making can be used to tailor services and products to align with individual Read More

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Autonomous & connected vehicles: navigating the legal issues

Nigel Parker

Research has forecast the inexorable rise of the “connected car” and the continued push towards autonomous vehicles. We can expect to see significant disruption to the automotive industry as a consequence of changes to the value chain and business models driven by these developments. We have prepared a paper, which discusses key trends and legal Read More

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