On October 1, 2020, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office launched a public consultation on its draft Statutory Guidance, which provides an overview of the ICO’s powers and how it intends to regulate and enforce data protection legislation in the UK, including its approach to calculating fines.
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On August 11, 2020, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales overturned the High Court’s dismissal of a challenge to South Wales Police’s use of Automated Facial Recognition technology, finding that its use was unlawful and violated human rights.
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On August 5, 2020, the French Data Protection Authority announced that it has levied a fine of €250,000 on a French online shoe retailer for various infringements of the GDPR. This is the first penalty under the GDPR enforced by the CNIL as the lead supervisory authority in cooperation with other EU supervisory authorities.
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On June 30, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission announced it had entered into a consent agreement with NTT Global Data Centers Americas, Inc., a successor in interest to RagingWire Data Centers, Inc., to settle allegations in a November 2019 Administrative Complaint.
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On July 6, 2020, the Dutch Data Protection Authority imposed a 830,000 euro fine on the Dutch Credit Registration Bureau for non-compliance with Articles 12 (2) and 12 (5) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation between May 2018 and March 2019.
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On July 14, 2020, the Litigation Chamber of the Belgian Data Protection Authority (the “Belgian DPA”) imposed a €600,000 fine on Google Belgium SA (“Google”) for non-compliance with the right to be forgotten.

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On July 13, 2020, the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali, “Garante”) announced that it levied a €16,729,600 fine on telecoms provider Wind Tre S.p.A. (“Wind Tre”) for several unlawful data processing activities, mostly related to direct marketing.

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