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Canadian Company Receives First GDPR Enforcement Notice

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation became effective in May 2018. It establishes individual privacy rights and requirements for the collection, processing and storage of personal data.

In July 2018, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office issued an enforcement notice to AggregateIQ Data Services Ltd., a Canadian company that used personal data to send targeted ads. Importantly, although the personal data was collected and used prior to the GDPR effective date, there were a number of alleged violations of GDPR based upon possession of the personal data alone.

It is noteworthy that this action was initiated against a company outside of the European Union.

Contact a data privacy attorney to discuss whether the GDPR applies to your business operations, including, but not limited to, collecting information about individuals located in the European Union, offering of products or services in the European Union, sending commercial electronic messages to people in the European Union, tracking the activity of individuals in the European Union, the presence of operations in the European Union, digital properties that are arguably intended for use by individuals in the European Union, and whether specific categories of information are collected from individuals located in the European Union.

Richard B. Newman is member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and an advertising law attorney at Hinch Newman LLP.

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Richard B. Newman

Richard B. Newman is an Internet Lawyer at Hinch Newman LLP focusing on advertising law, Internet marketing compliance, regulatory defense and digital media matters. His practice involves conducting legal compliance reviews of advertising campaigns across all media channels, regularly representing clients in high-profile investigative proceedings and enforcement actions brought by the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general throughout the country, advertising and marketing litigation, advising on email and telemarketing best practice protocol implementation, counseling on eCommerce guidelines and promotional marketing programs, and negotiating and drafting legal agreements.

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