Data privacy

FTC orders deletion of AI models in novel enforcement action

The US Federal Trade Commission has determined that online photo storage company Everalbum deceived users by employing facial recognition technology on their images, ordering the company to delete not only the relevant data but also the AI models obtained through its deceptive conduct.

12 January 2021

Russian hacker jailed for 12 years for US financial data theft

A US federal judge has handed a Russian hacker a 12-year prison sentence for his role in a massive financial data theft scheme that netted hundreds of millions of dollars in criminal proceeds.

11 January 2021

UK probes Google Chrome privacy changes

The UK’s competition authority has launched its first-ever abuse of dominance case against one of the four ‘big tech’ companies, as it scrutinises Google’s proposals to remove third-party cookies and other functions from its Chrome internet browser.

08 January 2021

US judge approves controversial Google+ settlement

A San Francisco district judge has granted final approval to a $7.5 million agreement between Google and plaintiffs to settle a class action lawsuit over the company’s 2018 Google+ data breach.

08 January 2021

German fine calculation set for more scrutiny

The same legal team that secured a 90% reduction of a German multimillion-euro GDPR penalty is representing a retailer in its fight against a new €10.4 million GDPR fine.

08 January 2021

Nielsen Ratings fails to shake GDPR-related claims from investor lawsuit

A Manhattan federal judge has denied data analytics firm Nielsen Ratings’ motion to dismiss claims that the company misled investors about how the GDPR was affecting its business for months after the regulation had gone into effect in May 2018.

07 January 2021

Irish Twitter fine looks set to stay despite objections

Despite facing harsh criticism from regulators and privacy activists, Ireland’s GDPR Twitter fine seems likely to go unchallenged.

07 January 2021

Roundup: Asia-Pacific data news from the Christmas break

GDR rounds up key news from the Asia-Pacific region that you might have missed over the holidays.

07 January 2021

Trump moves to ban more Chinese apps

In a move similar to his contested restrictions on TikTok and WeChat, US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that would ban eight other Chinese-owned apps from the country on national security grounds.

06 January 2021

British Airways seeks to settle UK class action

British Airways is looking to settle a UK class action relating to its high-profile data breach, counsel to the claimants have said.

06 January 2021

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