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Claimant fights Google attempt to end UK 'Safari workaround' class action

Counsel to a class representative suing Google in the High Court of England and Wales have urged a judge not to issue an order that could end the litigation altogether, as he seeks to recover damages from a potential class of millions of consumers affected by the company's alleged...

21 May 2018

In-house lawyer: "Needle has moved considerably" on vendor liability for data breaches

A week away from the GDPR coming into force, the general counsel of a major global outsourcing company has said IT vendors cannot be expected to shoulder all risk for data breaches. Tom Webb in Seattle Speaking on a panel at ITechLaw's 2018 World Technology Law Conference on 18...

21 May 2018

Ashurst bolsters digital economy practice

Ashurst's Australia office has promoted two lawyers in its digital economy practice to partner. Melbourne-based Emma Butler, 37, and Karen Dwyer in Sydney joined the partnership on 1 May. Their promotions boost the number of Australia-based partners in Ashurst's digital economy...

18 May 2018

Brazilian prosecutors can access some bank data, court rules

A Brazilian court has said that federal prosecutors do not need a warrant to access certain bank registration data, but stopped short of repealing bank secrecy laws. In a 20 April decision, Brazil's Superior Court of Justice granted federal prosecutors access to bank registration...

18 May 2018

Cambridge Analytica scandal unlikely to change advice, experts say

Revelations about political consultancy Cambridge Analytica's use of personal data scraped from Facebook users is unlikely to affect technology experts' advice to clients, practitioners have said. Tom Webb in Seattle Comments made at ITechLaw's 2018 World Technology Law Conference...

18 May 2018

Canadian court refuses to put Equifax class action on hold

Quebec's Superior Court has rejected Equifax's request to stay a putative class action, while the company faces multiple further lawsuits across Canada. Judge Denis Bisson ruled on 7 May that putting the lawsuit on hold would not be in the best interests of Quebec's residents....

17 May 2018

UK government disputes scope of data breach damages

Counsel for the UK's Home Office has argued that two asylum seekers should not be entitled to recover damages, after the government department disclosed the personal data of their relative. In a hearing before the Court of Appeal of England and Wales on 17 May, Oliver Sanders QC...

17 May 2018

European Commission warns member states over GDPR readiness

The European Commission has warned EU member states they face infringement proceedings if they fail to fulfil their obligations under the GDPR by the 25 May deadline. In a letter to EU leaders before their meeting in Sofia on 16 May, the commission said the new data regime must...

16 May 2018

Google scraping not shown to harm consumers, say CADE investigators

The investigative branch of Brazil's competition enforcer has recommended closing the agency's probe into Google for allegedly copying customer comments from rival comparison shopping sites onto its own Google shopping service. Investigators at Brazil's Administrative Council for...

15 May 2018

ISO and US NIST focus on privacy by design

The International Organisation for Standardisation has said it plans to develop the first set of international guidelines to ensure privacy is embedded into the design of products and services soon after the US National Institute of Standards and Technology updated its guidance to...

15 May 2018