Data privacy

Virginia governor clears privacy bill to mixed reviews

Virginia’s governor has signed the omnibus Consumer Data Protection Act into law, making the state the second in the US to have comprehensive privacy legislation – but garnering criticism from some tech advocates.

04 March 2021

What life sciences businesses need to know about data commercialisation

Data is playing an increasingly important part in life science commercial value creation, presenting new revenue-generating opportunities. A strategy for protecting and exploiting data is now a must for entities involved in healthcare research.

04 March 2021

FTC ripped for blacking out Facebook’s privacy report

The US Federal Trade Commission has been slammed for redacting the majority of a report that would ostensibly shine light on Facebook’s internal data policies and practices, with activists accusing the FTC of failing to live up to “transparency” promises it made when announcing the settlement some 20 months ago.

03 March 2021

Tracking is dead, Google says

Google has promised not to track people from site to site, saying it will not replace third-party cookies with alternative ways of identifying users.

03 March 2021

Prominent class action attorney objects to TikTok settlement

A lead attorney for the largest class action privacy settlement in history has filed an objection to a deal struck between a plaintiff class and ByteDance, accusing the parties of lacking a plan to notify the 92 million users who were affected by TikTok’s alleged biometric data violations.

03 March 2021

UK looks to forge own path in data protection

The UK looks set to diverge from its European neighbours on data policy, with a senior politician indicating he plans to move faster than the EU on data flows and Elizabeth Denham’s replacement being asked to focus on data innovation.

02 March 2021

CNIL sued over refusal to block Uber transfers

An NGO has attacked the French data watchdog’s refusal to take urgent action against Uber’s international transfers to the US, and its decision to refer the case to the Dutch data protection authority.

02 March 2021

US senators mull data portability to boost competition

Data portability and interoperability took centre stage during a recent congressional antitrust hearing, with some senators touting the dual concepts as ways to increase competition in the tech sector.

02 March 2021

Google Sweden delisting fight escalates

Google and the Swedish data protection authority have both sought to continue a battle over a multimillion-euro fine over alleged Google delisting and right to be forgotten failures, GDR has learned.

01 March 2021

US judge blesses Facebook BIPA settlement as TikTok files separate agreement

A US judge has approved a $650 million Facebook settlement and TikTok has filed its own $92 million agreement in a pair of separate biometric information privacy class actions.

01 March 2021

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