Policy

LabMD suing US federal government over Tiversa hacking scandal

Armed with an Eleventh Circuit decision in his favour, LabMD owner Michael Daugherty continues to go after the US Federal Trade Commission for allegedly colluding with a hacker in an ill-conceived enforcement action – one that ultimately ruined his cancer-detection business.

21 January 2022

European Parliament agrees final DSA text

The European Parliament has given assent to the Digital Services Act, a landmark piece of legislation that will introduce a range of new obligations for tech companies and online platforms.

20 January 2022

Australian regulator calls for more powers

Australia’s data watchdog has recommended it be awarded a greater range of tools as part of the government’s planned reforms to the country’s privacy act, including a simplified civil penalty regime supported by infringement notices.

19 January 2022

Florida privacy legislation to hinge on enforcement debate – again

Florida’s legislature surprised observers in 2021 with how close it came to passing privacy legislation. An expert involved in last year’s debate gives it a coin flip as to whether lawmakers will finish what they started.

19 January 2022

Business models in doubt under DGA

The Data Governance Act is intended to help create a market for data intermediaries, but some of the companies supposed to act as models for this activity have poured cold water on the concept.

17 January 2022

ECJ to weigh in on DPO dismissals

The European Court of Justice is set to clarify the conditions under which data protection officers can be dismissed, following three separate referrals from the German federal labour court.

14 January 2022

Arizona bill would ban taxpayer-funded ransomware payments

Cybersecurity experts say an Arizona proposal to ban publicly funded ransomware payments is a step in the right direction, but needs to be coupled with IT upgrades for public agencies.

13 January 2022

Adapting the GDPR to Rwanda’s goals

The Republic of Rwanda’s new data protection law is based on the GDPR, but with a different approach to international data transfers that reflects the country's digital ambitions.

07 January 2022

Executives held personally liable in FTC privacy action

Owners of a loan application website have agreed to pay $1.5 million and implement privacy reforms to settle US Federal Trade Commission allegations that they duped customers into disclosing sensitive data for potential lenders – but an FTC commissioner has cautioned her colleagues against being overzealous in pursuing individual liability in these types of cases.

07 January 2022

FTC releases more redacted Facebook privacy audit records

The US Federal Trade Commission has released the remainder of an independent audit of Facebook’s privacy programme, but the heavily redacted report continues to reveal little about purported improvements made by the company since the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

04 January 2022

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