Disputes

ECHR again rules against historic UK bulk surveillance

Adding to the safeguards necessary for the use of bulk interception framework, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has confirmed that the UK’s pre-2016 surveillance regime violated privacy and freedom of expression rights.

25 May 2021

Google fails to shake California privacy suit

A San Francisco federal judge has ruled that Google must face allegations that the company’s analytics tool illegally collected user data from third-party apps.

24 May 2021

German supreme court to consider reversing GDPR burden of proof

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice will decide what claimants need to prove in order to obtain GDPR damages – in a case that could affect damages claims in Germany and, potentially, the whole of Europe.

24 May 2021

Clearview AI declines agreement that would bar overseas data transfers

Clearview AI has said numerous times that it has no plans to transfer its US data to overseas subsidiaries – but the facial recognition company has declined to enter an agreement to that effect with the plaintiffs suing the company for alleged violations of the Illinois Biometric Privacy Information Act (BIPA).

21 May 2021

ECJ to hear Instagram GDPR case

The EU’s highest court is set to clarify the extent to which courts can force social media platforms to disclose the identity of account operators.

21 May 2021

Clearview AI says its offshore subsidiaries are dormant

Plaintiffs pushing for an injunction against Clearview AI have raised concerns that the company could transfer their facial images to offshore subsidiaries – but Clearview says it has no plans to transfer US data overseas.

20 May 2021

Lloyd v Google: the interveners

While privacy activists and large data holders mostly adopted predictable positions in the landmark Lloyd v Google appeal, one set of interveners made novel arguments that the claimant’s position on the control of relevant data was vague “to the point of being meaningless”.

18 May 2021

ECJ to hear new non-material GDPR damage reference

Austria’s Supreme Court has sent key questions about the availability of GDPR non-material damages to the European Court of Justice – months after Germany’s constitutional court ordered a lower court to make a similar EU reference.

13 May 2021

Tycoon files GDPR-related action in US federal court

An ENRC-linked international businessman has said in US court filings that he plans to sue the owner of a risk database for allegedly reporting inaccurate information that connects him to a corruption probe in France.

11 May 2021

US court approves “modest” Facebook data breach deal

A San Francisco federal judge has approved a non-monetary settlement between plaintiffs and Facebook over a 2018 data breach, but said the fees sought by class counsel are too steep for such a “modest” settlement.

10 May 2021

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