Data privacy

US FTC: Data broker’s sloppy information restricted access to housing

The US Federal Trade Commission has fined a housing data company $4.25 million for producing inaccurate background reports that may have caused people to be unfairly denied housing opportunities.

09 December 2020

Regulators pressure Apple into data notice changes

Apple will soon add easy-to-understand notices on its app store explaining how apps use personal data, following pressure from an international group of consumer protection authorities.

09 December 2020

US judge blocks more Trump TikTok restrictions

The district judge who initially prevented the Trump administration from banning TikTok from US app stores has blocked more of the government’s restrictions against the Chinese app.

08 December 2020

Antitrust class action lists litany of alleged Facebook privacy abuses

A class action lawsuit filed against Facebook claims that the company gained monopoly power by lying to users about its privacy policies and using data to identify and crush potential competition.

07 December 2020

Big-ticket Italian fines half the size of headline figures

Two Italian companies ordered to pay some of the largest fines under the GDPR actually only paid 50% of the penalties announced by the country’s data regulator.

07 December 2020

New Mexico appeals COPPA lawsuit against Google

The New Mexico attorney general has appealed against a US federal court’s decision to dismiss the state’s lawsuit against Google for allegedly tracking public school students.

03 December 2020

Swedish regulator hits healthcare providers with millions in fines

Sweden’s data protection regulator has fined seven healthcare providers a total of approximately €6.8 million over access management issues.

03 December 2020

ACLU sues US government for records on geolocation tracking programme

An influential NGO has sued three US law enforcement agencies to release records about their purchases of cell phone location data.

03 December 2020

Settlement reached in first CCPA-related hacking lawsuit

The first class action data breach lawsuit to cite the CCPA has resulted in a settlement agreement that proposes to create a $400,000 fund to compensate more than 200,000 people.

02 December 2020

€18 million GDPR fine overturned

An Austrian court has spiked one of the largest GDPR fines to date, in another sign that European data regulators are struggling to land big penalties.

02 December 2020

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