On December 29, 2018, the Northern District of Illinois dismissed consolidated cases brought under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act on standing grounds, finding that despite the existence of statutory standing under BIPA, neither plaintiff had claimed any injury that would support Article III standing.
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On August 28, 2018, plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit against Nielsen Holdings PLC and some of its officers and directors for making allegedly materially false and misleading statements to investors about the impact of privacy regulations and third-party business partners’ privacy policies on the company’s revenues and earnings.
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On December 18, 2017, the French data protection authority publicly announced that it served a formal notice to WhatsApp regarding the sharing of WhatsApp users’ data with Facebook Inc. This decision, dated November 27, 2017, follows the investigations led by the CNIL regarding Facebook’s 2014 acquisition of WhatsApp.
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On October 24, 2017, an opinion issued by the EU’s Advocate General Bot rejected Facebook’s assertion that its EU data processing activities fall solely under the jurisdiction of the Irish Data Protection Commissioner. The opinion relates to the CJEU case C-210/16, under which the German courts sought to clarify whether the DPA in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein could take action against Facebook regarding its use of web tracking technologies on a German education provider’s fan page without first providing notice.
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On October 27, 2015, David Smith, the UK Deputy Commissioner of the Information Commissioner’s Office, published a blog post commenting on the ongoing Safe Harbor compliance debate in light of the Schrems v. Facebook decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union.
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