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Amazon’s Record-Setting Privacy Fine: What You Need to Know

Last month Amazon was hit with the highest personal data fine to date. A whopping $886.6 million (746 million euros) fine was levied against the corporation by the European Union fine for processing personal data in violation of the bloc's GDPR rules. This action foreshadows a privacy climate in which enforcement will be the norm, trending away from the spotty enforcement of the past.

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Who is in charge, here?

When it comes to privacy regulation enforcement it can be tricky to understand who is leading the charge.  Each regulation handles things individually.  Let's take a look at those who govern two key regulations: the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and the CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act).

 

GDPR = ICO

The GDPR is enforced by a local ICO, or Information Commissioner's Office, in each area.  These offices have local authority and are able to incorporate other localized laws and regulations or interpretations.

 

As an example, the Information Commissioner’s Office in the UK provides a variety of resources that explain the changes caused by the GDPR and help organizations comply with its requirements. Visit their website for all kinds of handy info: https://ico.org.uk

 

CCPA = Attorney General

In California, the Attorney General's office is key in managing the implications of the CCPA. Visit their website to learn more: https://www.oag.ca.gov/privacy/ccpa

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