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UN privacy rapporteur urges strong African privacy protections

United Nations special rapporteur Joseph Cannataci has said African countries should further protect individuals’ privacy rights, as governments across the continent roll out stricter surveillance measures.

26 June 2019

Google rep tight-lipped on data use at tech hearing

The US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation have faced difficulties in getting answers from a Google executive about its use of consumer data, as part of a hearing on how tech companies use algorithms and data to persuade users to stay on their platforms.

26 June 2019

Bipartisan bill would extend HIPPA protections to tech industry

US senators Amy Klobuchar and Lisa Murkowski have introduced bipartisan legislation that would regulate how tech companies use consumer health data.

26 June 2019

US bill would force online companies to assign value to data

Bipartisan US federal legislation would require social media companies and other major online platforms to disclose how they are monetising user data.

25 June 2019

Facial recognition tech moratorium passes New York assembly

The New York assembly has placed a temporary moratorium on the state’s schools from using or purchasing facial recognition technology, and directed the New York State Department of Education to study the issue and propose regulations.

25 June 2019

Facebook fails to shake data breach class action

A US federal court has allowed a putative class action resulting from a data breach that affected nearly 30 million Facebook users to continue.

25 June 2019

Data interoperability balances tech priorities, EU report author says

Requiring data interoperability may enable the social benefits of technology efficiencies while resolving competition concerns, an author of an EU report on digital markets has said.

25 June 2019

Lawyers question enforceability of Maine privacy law

A data privacy law recently passed in Maine prohibits internet service providers from using customer personal information without consent, but nothing in the legislation explicitly states how the new rules will be enforced.

24 June 2019

Brazil Supreme Court to rule on WhatsApp message searches

Brazil’s Supreme Court is set to rule on whether using evidence obtained from WhatsApp messages without user permission would violate the constitutional right to confidentiality of communications.

24 June 2019

Parking tech company sues insurer over data breach class action

Hub Parking Technology has sued its insurer over its failure to honour a cyberinsurance policy following a data breach class action.

24 June 2019