Data privacy

The UK should be strengthening data laws, not watering them down

Claimant-side litigator Aman Johal of Your Lawyers Ltd warns that the UK’s data protection framework is heading in the wrong direction.

21 September 2021

Pentagon could issue report on Afghan data by year’s end

A bipartisan provision in next year’s US military budget calls for the Pentagon to account for the trove of Afghan biometric data believed to be in the hands of the Taliban.

21 September 2021

Civil liberties groups lament NSA “state secrets” case

Civil libertarians say a split appeal court’s decision in a lawsuit challenging National Security Agency data harvesting could prevent meaningful challenges to government abuse.

20 September 2021

DoorDash sues New York over data-sharing law

DoorDash has challenged New York City over legislation that forces food delivery companies to disclose information on its customers to restaurants.

20 September 2021

Facebook settles data misuse litigation

An entrepreneur and two mobile companies have ended litigation that alleged they siphoned user data from Facebook and licensed it to third parties.

20 September 2021

LGPD enforcer Miriam Wimmer talks WhatsApp, independence and more

Penalties for Brazil’s LGPD went into force last month. GDR interviewed one of the members of the country’s nascent data protection authority (ANPD), Miriam Wimmer, about the progress her agency has been making in recent months.

17 September 2021

Spanish Supreme Court clears covid-19 passports

Spain’s highest court has ruled that forcing individuals to show covid-19 health information to establishment owners in order to gain access does not violate data protection rights, as the relevant health data is not stored or processed.

17 September 2021

FTC votes to regulate healthcare apps

The US Federal Trade Commission has voted down party lines to make it explicit that health apps wearables are subject to the Health Breach Notification Rule – with the two Republicans objecting on the grounds that the move skirts an ongoing review of the regulation started last year.

16 September 2021

Second German court refers non-material damages question to ECJ

Germany’s highest employment law tribunal has requested a European Court of Justice ruling on non-material damages under the GDPR – months after an Austrian court and a separate German court made similar references.

16 September 2021

Ireland starts TikTok probes

Ireland’s data protection watchdog has launched two investigations into TikTok over its handling of children’s personal data and possible transfers of user information to China – amid fresh accusations that the regulator is failing to enforce against Big Tech.

15 September 2021

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