Disputes

Facebook and BrandTotal set to square off in data scraping lawsuit

Facebook has asked a San Francisco federal court to dismiss antitrust claims by analytics company BrandTotal, as the two parties prepare for a motion hearing over whether to dismiss a data scraping lawsuit that bears resemblance to the long-running hiQ v LinkedIn litigation.

18 February 2021

ECJ set to consider GDPR immaterial damages

Europe’s highest court will decide whether consumers can claim compensation for GDPR violations that caused no financial harm – potentially leading to a massive increase in companies’ data protection risk exposure.

18 February 2021

Biden puts brakes on TikTok and WeChat bans

The US Department of Commerce has put a pause on its efforts to ban TikTok and WeChat from US app stores while the Biden administration reviews policies pursued by the previous government.

17 February 2021

Facebook FTC negotiation documents to be disclosed

A Delaware judge has let plaintiffs access Facebook board communications so they can determine whether the company’s record $5 billion privacy fine was inflated in return for its chief executive avoiding personal liability.

15 February 2021

Brazilian supreme court axes right to be forgotten

Brazil’s federal supreme court has deemed the right to be forgotten as unconstitutional, in a ruling that will have huge implications for big data and modern technology.

12 February 2021

French court fines Google for Ads abuse

A French court has ordered Google to pay a telephone directory operator over €1.2 million in antitrust damages and reinstate the company to its Google Ads platform.

12 February 2021

GDPR questions heading to Dutch Supreme Court

The highest court in the Netherlands will consider questions about the GDPR’s right to be forgotten and right to object, following a series of diverging judgments about credit reference data.

12 February 2021

FTC acting chief hints at hardline enforcement approach

Acting US Federal Trade Commission chair Rebecca Kelly Slaughter has suggested the agency should use its full arsenal to tackle companies that have grown powerful off the back of troves of consumer data.

11 February 2021

Airline and travel site battle over venue for data scraping lawsuit

A major US airline has accused a travel site of scraping proprietary flight data to fuel its business – but the travel site is looking to move the case to what could be a friendlier legal venue.

09 February 2021

Competing Facebook class action filed in the UK

A writer and campaigner has sued Facebook on behalf of individuals allegedly affected by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, potentially setting the stage for a clash with a similar class action filed two months beforehand.

09 February 2021

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