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European working party takes on social media

Working Party 29 (WP29), the group that unites European data protection authorities, has announced “its full support” for investigations by national privacy authorities into the collection and use of personal data by and through social media. In addition, WP29 is setting up a social media working group to develop a long-term strategy on the issue. Andrea Jelinek, WP29 chair, says: “We are at the start of a new era of data protection. The protection of individuals against unlawful use of their personal data on social media platforms will be one of our key priorities. A multibillion dollar social media platform saying it is sorry simply is not enough. While Cambridge Analytica and Facebook are on top of everyone’s mind we aim to cast our net wider and think long-term. This is why we are creating a social media working group. What we are seeing today is most likely only one instance of the much wider spread practice of harvesting personal data from social media for economic or political reasons. WP29 is fully aware, however, that the issue is broader and concerns other actors, such as app developers and data brokers.” The work of group will continue after the establishment of the European Data Protection Board, which will replace the WP29 after the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is in force. Read more

  • Thursday, 26 April 2018

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