On July 29, 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union released its judgment in case C-40/17, Fashion ID GmbH & Co. KG vs. Verbraucherzentrale NRW eV, ruling that Fashion ID should be considered a joint controller with Facebook regarding the collection and disclosure of personal data to Facebook as a result of embedding the Facebook ‘Like’ button on its website.
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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 May 16, 2017, the Governor of the State of Washington, Jay Inslee, signed into law House Bill 1493, which sets forth requirements for businesses who collect and use biometric identifiers for commercial purposes. The law will become effective on July 23, 2017. Washington becomes the third state to pass legislation regulating the commercial use of biometric identifiers.
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