Region: United States of America

Marriott data breach litigation shut down

Hotel group Marriott has fended off a class action lawsuit stemming from a February 2020 data breach, with a US judge ruling that plaintiffs did not adequately show how they were injured.

05 March 2021

Virginia governor clears privacy bill to mixed reviews

Virginia’s governor has signed the omnibus Consumer Data Protection Act into law, making the state the second in the US to have comprehensive privacy legislation – but garnering criticism from some tech advocates.

04 March 2021

FTC ripped for blacking out Facebook’s privacy report

The US Federal Trade Commission has been slammed for redacting the majority of a report that would ostensibly shine light on Facebook’s internal data policies and practices, with activists accusing the FTC of failing to live up to “transparency” promises it made when announcing the settlement some 20 months ago.

03 March 2021

Prominent class action attorney objects to TikTok settlement

A lead attorney for the largest class action privacy settlement in history has filed an objection to a deal struck between a plaintiff class and ByteDance, accusing the parties of lacking a plan to notify the 92 million users who were affected by TikTok’s alleged biometric data violations.

03 March 2021

US senators mull data portability to boost competition

Data portability and interoperability took centre stage during a recent congressional antitrust hearing, with some senators touting the dual concepts as ways to increase competition in the tech sector.

02 March 2021

US judge blesses Facebook BIPA settlement as TikTok files separate agreement

A US judge has approved a $650 million Facebook settlement and TikTok has filed its own $92 million agreement in a pair of separate biometric information privacy class actions.

01 March 2021

US Treasury inspector raises Fourth Amendment concerns over bulk data purchases

An inspector general for the US Department of the Treasury has raised concerns that the government's warrantless purchases of geolocation data could violate Fourth Amendment privacy protections.

25 February 2021

Amazon blasted for skipping SolarWinds hearing

Several US senators have chastised Amazon Web Services for declining to testify at a congressional hearing on the SolarWinds hack, saying the lack of participation illustrates the need for stronger data breach notification rules.

24 February 2021

NY regulator: Facebook didn’t fully cooperate with data investigation

The New York Department of Financial Services has finished probing how Facebook handles sensitive data from third-party apps, finding that the company has made strides to protect privacy in recent years – but also noting that the social media platform didn’t fully cooperate with its investigation.

23 February 2021

FTC consent decree shields Facebook from antitrust claims

A US federal court has dismissed claims that Facebook illegally excluded analytics company BrandTotal from its social media platform, ruling that the restrictions were in accordance with Federal Trade Commission requirements to combat automated data scrapers.

22 February 2021

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