Policy

Facebook-funded research says Apple’s privacy updates harm consumers

Two Facebook-funded university researchers have published a paper claiming that Apple’s recent privacy updates will entrench the company’s dominance and harm consumers.

02 June 2021

New Ecuador data protection law takes effect, but much work remains

Ecuador’s GDPR-style data privacy law has come into force, but companies still have a two-year enforcement grace period as the country’s government looks to build a data protection authority from scratch.

26 May 2021

ECJ to determine regulatory/judicial competence clash

The EU’s highest court will clarify whether courts or data protection authorities take priority when determining if GDPR infringements have taken place.

26 May 2021

Cyber insurers struggle to measure risk as attacks increase

Cyber insurance providers are struggling to measure risk amidst skyrocketing demand for their services, according to a recent report from the US federal government.

25 May 2021

First GDPR cloud codes of conduct approved

The European Data Protection Board has approved two GDPR codes of conduct for cloud services, but has said they cannot be used for international data transfers.

21 May 2021

Data and competition convergence ramps up in UK

The UK’s data protection and competition watchdogs have formalised cooperation plans, in a move that could increase regulatory scrutiny for data-driven companies.

20 May 2021

Commercial data use increasingly restricted by consumer attitudes

Changing consumer attitudes towards privacy continue to restrain companies’ freedom to collect and use data, according to several new studies.

19 May 2021

US senators focus ire on TikTok

TikTok was the object of US senators’ wrath yesterday during a hearing on protecting children’s privacy, with the committee’s chair and ranking member slamming the company for allegedly ducking the inquiry.

19 May 2021

US AI commission recommendations becoming policy

US policymakers are looking to subsidise the country’s artificial intelligence and semiconductor industries and to implement other recommendations coming out of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) – a body of top tech and government officials tasked with enhancing the military’s big data and AI capabilities.

18 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

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