Region: United States of America

Facial recognition companies turn to the First Amendment

Amazon has joined Clearview AI in using the First Amendment as a defence against Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) claims – a move some critics paint as a cynical ploy to use constitutional protections for anti-democratic purposes, but others see as a necessary test of how free speech rights apply to big data and artificial intelligence.

23 June 2021

NY financial regulator ramping up cybersecurity enforcement

A top New York Department of Financial Services official has portended numerous enforcement actions stemming from the nascent Cybersecurity Regulations, saying that such matters now make up roughly 20% of his department’s caseload.

17 June 2021

US judge denies bid to put clamps on Clearview AI

The presence of two previously undisclosed offshore subsidiaries is not a sufficient reason to restrict facial recognition company Clearview AI from carrying out business in Illinois, a US federal district judge has ruled.

15 June 2021

LinkedIn v hiQ remanded but key question remains

The US Supreme Court has sent the long-running data scraping dispute between LinkedIn and hiQ back to the Ninth Circuit for reconsideration in light of its recent Van Buren ruling – but LinkedIn says its case hinges on a key issue that the high court left unaddressed in Van Buren.

14 June 2021

Facebook FTC consent order to be examined in BrandTotal dispute

A recently unsealed order in BrandTotal’s data access dispute with Facebook suggests a US federal judge may take external evidence to help interpret the Federal Trade Commission’s consent decree with the social media company.

11 June 2021

Biden abandons Trump anti-TikTok campaign

The Biden administration will no longer pursue the Trump-era restrictions on TikTok, WeChat and other Chinese apps.

10 June 2021

The saga of LabMD

The US judicial system has found that cancer research company LabMD was the victim of foul play by the federal government when law enforcers went after the company for alleged cybersecurity violations – but owner Michael Dougherty says he’s still struggling for justice in a matter that has spanned over 13 years.

09 June 2021

Colorado becomes third state to pass comprehensive privacy bill

Colorado’s new privacy legislation allows both state and federal prosecutors to punish infractions, making it one of the strongest US data laws to date in terms of enforcement powers.

08 June 2021

Civil liberties groups celebrate SCOTUS Van Buren ruling

The US Supreme Court has ruled that a police officer did not violate the country’s federal anti-hacking law when he ran a license-plate search in a law enforcement computer without permission – a judgment that has major implications for civil liberties and the government’s ability to punish the misuse of data.

04 June 2021

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

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