California AG seeks court order for Facebook records

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has accused Facebook of failing to cooperate with his office’s investigation into the company’s handling of user data — an accusation that Facebook has strongly denied.

07 November 2019

US spooks lobby to revive NSA data collection programme

US intelligence officials have urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to reauthorise a controversial National Security Agency programme that improperly collected telephone records before being shuttered.

07 November 2019

Civil liberties groups weigh in on dispute over filtering software

Two US civil liberties pressure groups have backed a software company’s petition to have a case involving its filtering software reheard.

07 November 2019

UK supermarket challenges data breach rulings

Morrisons should not be liable for a disgruntled employee’s decision to leak data as his illegal conduct was not sufficiently connected to his job – and data protection law in any event shields employers from such vicarious liability, the UK’s highest court has heard.

06 November 2019

US committee warned of China’s bulk data collection 

China’s government will have legal and technical access to all digital data within its borders from next year, the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary has heard.

06 November 2019

German regulator threatens fines after GDPR audit finds “significant” shortcomings

An audit by Lower Saxony’s data protection authority has revealed that a majority of companies still have work to do to comply with the GDPR, with nearly one in five displaying significant shortcomings.

06 November 2019

Former Baker McKenzie partner forms boutique

A former privacy partner in Baker McKenzie’s Sydney office has started his own firm.

06 November 2019

Berlin targets privacy by design for first multi-million euro fine

Berlin’s data protection authority has fined German realtor Deutsche Wohnen €14.5 million for infringing GDPR privacy by design and data minimisation rules.

05 November 2019

Google acquires 28 million users’ data in Fitbit deal

Google’s acquisition of health tracker company Fitbit has come with a promise that Google will not use Fitbit users’ health data for advertising purposes – but data nevertheless appears to be a main driver behind the deal.

05 November 2019

Data breach notifications skyrocket in Canada  

The number of data breach notifications received by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has increased roughly six-fold since mandatory data breach reporting rules went into effect.

05 November 2019