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Global Data Diaries | April 16, 2021

Updated: Apr 6, 2022

View from Peter Lancos, CEO

"Welcome all to another edition of eXate's Global Data Diaries. This week China’s Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL), which lays down a comprehensive set of rules around data collection and protection, made the headlines. The announcement of the new law is thought to be a move to take back control from technology giants like Alibaba and Tencent who have both recently been heavily penalised by Chinese regulators for a range of malpractices. In other news Clubhouse, the invitation-only social media platform, found itself at the centre of a data-leak storm, with the app needing to come out in defence of it's data policy."

In a quest to rein in its tech giants, China turns to data protection

Earlier this week CNN reported about China’s Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) which lays down, for the first time, a comprehensive set of rules around data collection and protection. Along with a new antitrust law, the data protection law is seen as part of a broader effort by Beijing to rein in the power of its technology giants such as Alibaba and Tencent.

Clubhouse Exclusivity Applies to Membership, Not Data

Clubhouse continues to make headlines around the world this week, but this time for the wrong reasons. Personal data of 1.3 million users of the audio-based social network was exposed on a popular hacker forum, but the company disagrees that it was a leak.

As reported by CyberNews, someone has posted last week a database with data from 1.3 million Clubhouse users. This database includes information such as user ID, name, photo, social network profiles, and other profile details.

France’s Data Protection Authority Has Questions About Apple’s Privacy Compliance

The past year has seen Apple undergo a bold shift in business strategy, putting a strong emphasis on the security and privacy of its devices by nearly running the targeted advertising industry out of them. However, there has been some early speculation that this might ultimately be more about Apple’s own budding advertising services as much as it is about what’s best for its users. Notes from a recent ruling by CNIL, France’s data protection authority, are likely to add some fuel to that speculation. In a confidential note attached to the proceedings, CNIL raised questions about Apple’s own privacy compliance. The regulator indicated that Apple may not be obtaining proper consent when using first-party tracking methods such as cookies, something it characterized as a potential ” … major breach of regulations.”

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