Disputes

German antitrust decision threatens Facebook business model

Germany’s highest court has ruled that the country’s competition authority can enforce against Facebook on data grounds – in a decision with broad implications for the company’s business model.

24 June 2020

CNIL loses on cookie walls, wins on everything else

France’s top administrative court has overruled the country’s data authority regarding “cookie walls”, stating that as an agency that only offers guidelines – so-called flexible laws – the authority cannot prohibit their use.

22 June 2020

Court ruling paves way for new California privacy law

A Sacramento judge has directed election officials to verify petition signatures in time for the proposed California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) to be put to a referendum vote this November.

22 June 2020

Salesforce faces database access lawsuit

A real estate auction provider is seeking to hold its platform holder Salesforce liable for a rival company’s misappropriation of its proprietary database.

22 June 2020

Facebook files dual lawsuits in crackdown on unauthorized activity

Facebook has filed lawsuits in California and Spain against companies allegedly using unauthorised automation software on its platforms – an attempt to enforce its terms of service which Facebook says is the first of its kind.

19 June 2020

Privacy groups sue LA for tracking scooters

Two privacy groups have initiated a class action lawsuit against the Los Angeles’ transport department for using software that tracks public mobile scooters in the city.

17 June 2020

Airbnb agrees to share data with New York City

Airbnb has reached an agreement with New York City that the homesharing platform says will allow it to share hosts’ data in a more privacy-protective manner.

16 June 2020

Courts wise up to privilege defence in consultancy report disclosure battles

A Virginia judge’s order that US bank Capital One has to hand over a forensic report into a 2019 data breach signals that courts in the country have “caught on” to a common privilege defence employed by companies to protect external documents.

15 June 2020

Equifax financial institutions deal receives preliminary approval

An Atlanta federal judge is poised to clear a settlement between Equifax and a group of financial institutions that had their customers’ information compromised as a result of the company’s massive 2017 data breach.

10 June 2020

Dutch watchdog fined for late decision

The Dutch data protection authority is facing a fine after a series of delays in responding to a data-sharing complaint – with one lawyer labelling its conduct “strange and questionable”.

10 June 2020

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