Florida city fails to dismiss licence plate tracking lawsuit

A constitutional challenge to Florida law enforcement’s use of automatic licence plate readers can proceed, after a Miami-Dade County circuit judge denied a city’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

31 October 2019

Austrian postal service fined for building customer political profiles

In a decision that broadens the definition of what constitutes personal data, Austria’s data protection authority has fined the country’s postal service €18 million for combining its customers’ data to predict their political leanings.

31 October 2019

Warrantless vehicle data collection found unlawful

The Supreme Court of Georgia has ruled that the state’s law enforcers must obtain search warrants before extracting data from vehicles involved in crashes.

31 October 2019

Satellite deal to pass with cybersecurity conditions

The UK’s government’s clearance of a $3.4 billion (€3.1 billion) takeover of satellite communications company Inmarsat is conditioned on the company changing its cybersecurity programme.

31 October 2019

ICO settles with Facebook in Cambridge Analytica case

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has reached a settlement with Facebook over an investigation into the company’s role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in a decision that may allow the company to fight future litigation more vigorously. 

30 October 2019

WhatsApp sues surveillance company over alleged hack

WhatsApp has sued an Israeli company for allegedly exploiting a vulnerability in the messaging service to access users’ personal data.

30 October 2019

Australian competition regulator sues Google over location data

Australia’s competition and consumer protection watchdog claims Google misled Android users about its collection and use of location data – exposing the company to potentially harsher financial penalties than under the country’s privacy regime.

30 October 2019

Class members object to Zappos settlement

At least 13 members of a class action lawsuit against Zappos have filed objections to a settlement agreement that would award them a 10% coupon as compensation for having their data compromised in the online retailer’s 2012 data breach.

30 October 2019

Hamburg database deletion order overturned

Hamburg’s Administrative Court has overturned an order from the city-state’s data commissioner to delete a police facial recognition database. 

29 October 2019

iTunes data-sharing lawsuit dismissed

A San Francisco federal judge has ruled that a putative class of plaintiffs failed to show that Apple actually shared their iTunes data, but gave the plaintiffs leave to seek permission to amend their complaint.

29 October 2019