Region: United States of America

Civil liberties groups lament NSA “state secrets” case

Civil libertarians say a split appeal court’s decision in a lawsuit challenging National Security Agency data harvesting could prevent meaningful challenges to government abuse.

20 September 2021

DoorDash sues New York over data-sharing law

DoorDash has challenged New York City over legislation that forces food delivery companies to disclose information on its customers to restaurants.

20 September 2021

FTC votes to regulate healthcare apps

The US Federal Trade Commission has voted down party lines to make it explicit that health apps wearables are subject to the Health Breach Notification Rule – with the two Republicans objecting on the grounds that the move skirts an ongoing review of the regulation started last year.

16 September 2021

FTC to make Facebook audits public

The US Federal Trade Commission has confirmed it will publish the audits from Facebook’s new independent assessor – though the reports may contain redactions.

15 September 2021

Biden picks privacy expert to replace Chopra at FTC

President Joe Biden intends to nominate privacy expert Alvaro Bedoya to the Federal Trade Commission, the White House said on Monday.

14 September 2021

Can California achieve data adequacy?

As negotiations between the US and EU over trans-Atlantic data flows move at a snail’s pace, a member of California’s newly constructed privacy regulator has floated the idea of the state achieving GDPR adequacy.

13 September 2021

Clearview mounts another BIPA First Amendment defence

Armed with a recent Eighth Circuit decision, facial recognition company Clearview AI has argued again that its activities are protected by the First Amendment.

09 September 2021

Facebook’s new FTC independent assessor revealed

After a previous watchdog failed to spot the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook hired a new independent assessor to oversee its US Federal Trade Commission-mandated privacy programme.

07 September 2021

Judge won’t require Google to produce extra documents about prior antitrust probes

A federal judge presiding over the Department of Justice’s case against Google has said the company does not have to turn over certain information the agency requested about past antitrust investigations.

06 September 2021

US enforcers employ new surveillance methods post-Carpenter

Geofence warrants, stingrays and bulk data purchases are among the new surveillance tactics employed by law enforcers some three years after the US Supreme Court’s 2018 Carpenter decision – a state of affairs that has civil libertarians urging Congress to enact privacy reforms.

03 September 2021

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