Coronavirus

Facial recognition legislation makes its way through California legislature

A bill that would govern the use of facial recognition technology is making its way through the California legislature over the objections of 55 civil rights organisations.

13 May 2020

US lawmakers propose temporary covid-19 privacy law

Five Republican senators have introduced a bill that would regulate contact-tracing apps and similar projects geared towards tracking the spread of covid-19.

12 May 2020

Brazilian court declares data protection a fundamental right in landmark decision

Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court has struck down a government order forcing telecommunications companies to provide access to user information, declaring in the process that data protection is a fundamental right.

11 May 2020

Contact-tracing approaches diverge worldwide

As governments and people across the world seek an exit strategy to coronavirus lockdown, contact tracing apps have been touted as a powerful tool – but data privacy concerns have led to differing approaches by health authorities.

06 May 2020

Covid-19 tracing app will stray from ICO privacy recommendations

The head of the UK Information Commissioner’s Office has backed the use of a centralised database for a covid-19 tracing app – contrary to prior recommendations by her office.

05 May 2020

Covid-19: Brazil’s top prosecutor defends telecoms data collection scheme

With Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court set to decide the lawfulness of a government order for telecoms companies to provide information on up to 226 million residents, the country’s attorney general has issued an opinion arguing that government’s scheme is constitutional given the circumstances presented by the covid-19 pandemic.

04 May 2020

Twitter and Facebook see adtech headwinds as cloud computing boosts Microsoft

Covid-19 has contributed to reductions in Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft’s advertising revenue, with Microsoft boasting major gains with its cloud computing services.

01 May 2020

Bolsonaro orders postponement of Brazil’s data protection law

Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro has issued a provisional measure that delays the enforcement of the country’s new general data protection law until May 2021.

30 April 2020

Alphabet’s Q1 financial results portend 2020 adtech slowdown

Google and YouTube saw steep drop-offs in revenue after covid-19 was declared a global pandemic, suggesting that 2020 could be a rocky year for companies with targeted advertising-based business models.

29 April 2020

Trace to the finish? Data concerns on contact-tracing apps

King & Spalding’s Kim Roberts examines issues raised by the rapid deployment of covid-19 contact tracing apps.

29 April 2020

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