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New German Minister concerned with the presentation of news in social media

The incoming German minister responsible for digital policy, Dorothee Baer, is fully aware of the risks connected with the recirculation of specifically selected news and views on social media platforms. Baer noted how such systems can narrow perceptions of different situations influencing voter behaviour and declared her intention to push social media giants to make users’ information feeds more diverse and avoid the creation of “echo chambers”.

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Austria’s leading telecommunications and data services provider accused of data privacy violation

A1 Telekom Austria is being accused of having illegally stored data of tens of thousands of its users, collecting their phone numbers, the websites visited and the place of connection for an unspecified period of time, but with data dating back to 2013.

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APRA strengthens its efforts to fight cybercrime

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has introduced a series of new measures to tackle cyberattacks. Under the new measures, the organisations regulated by APRA need to provide regular tests of their security systems, define clearly their information security roles and implement security controls on their information asset protection systems. Such provisions should establish a swift and effective system to respond to cyber-threats.

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Italian Member R&P Legal publishes on recent provisions of the Italian legislator on data protection

PrivacyRules Italian Member R&P Legal law firm, one of the leading law firms in the country, publishes a brief commentary on the recent provisions of the Italian legislator on data protection matters.

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Canada’s OPC considers new data protection rules, in particular on online cancellation

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) is considering introducing reforms to enhance online protection of personal data. After an initial consultation in 2016, the OPC launched a public consultation on the reforms proposed. The new rules would grant individuals the legal right to force search engines to de-index web pages and remove certain types of data. Although the implementation of the reforms has not yet been confirmed by the Canadian Commissioner, Canadian companies should follow the issue closely.

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