Data privacy

Microsoft counsel blasts US government for using too many secrecy orders

Microsoft’s vice president of customer security has told members of Congress that US federal law enforcement agencies impose about 10 secrecy orders on the company per day, preventing customers from knowing that their data is being taken out of the cloud.

01 July 2021

The implications of the SCOTUS TransUnion ruling

The US Supreme Court has significantly reduced the number of plaintiffs eligible to sue TransUnion under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), finding that the entire class did not have the same standing as a lead plaintiff falsely flagged by the credit rating agency as a potential terrorist. Experts involved with the case say the ruling will affect non-FCRA data privacy cases.

29 June 2021

OPC fails to dismiss Facebook challenge

A Canadian judge has refused to end Facebook’s fight against the country’s federal privacy regulator.

29 June 2021

ICO issues GDPR enforcement order

A UK GDPR enforcement notice against an email marketing provider may signal a tougher stance on unlawful marketing that could expose providers to a much harsher penalty regime.

28 June 2021

UK adequacy confirmed

Europe has formally approved the UK’s adequacy with a four-year limit in the case of future regulatory divergence.

28 June 2021

TikTok faces second Dutch mass lawsuit

A consumer protection organisation has threatened to file a €1.5 billion child privacy-focused GDPR collective action against TikTok – weeks after another body filed a similar opt-out claim.

28 June 2021

ECJ: GDPR doesn’t block copyright infringer IP address collection

The European Court of Justice has ruled that copyright holders can use the GDPR’s legitimate interests legal basis to gather IP addresses with a view to pursuing potential infringers.

25 June 2021

“No harm, no foul”: Twitter’s data breach over-reporting strategy

As focus on the risks of poor data security increases around the world, a senior Twitter lawyer has said the social media company’s strategy is to over-report data breaches to regulators.

25 June 2021

Biden threatens to void contracts from non-secure vendors

US president Joe Biden’s recent order on cybersecurity threatens to pull business from software vendors who don’t update their systems by next May – although some observers wonder how the government plans to execute on this threat, given how entrenched many companies are in the global supply chain.

24 June 2021

EU privacy watchdogs call for greater AI Act role

European data protection authorities say they should have a prominent role in the monitoring and coordination of AI Act enforcement.

24 June 2021

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