Region: United States of America

FTC acting chief hints at hardline enforcement approach

Acting US Federal Trade Commission chair Rebecca Kelly Slaughter has suggested the agency should use its full arsenal to tackle companies that have grown powerful off the back of troves of consumer data.

11 February 2021

North Dakota privacy law proposal skewered in committee

After receiving overwhelmingly negative feedback from industry groups and other organisations, a North Dakota state legislative committee has voted against a privacy bill that would impose broad opt-in requirements for companies seeking to collect user data.

10 February 2021

Airline and travel site battle over venue for data scraping lawsuit

A major US airline has accused a travel site of scraping proprietary flight data to fuel its business – but the travel site is looking to move the case to what could be a friendlier legal venue.

09 February 2021

US court finds LabMD in contempt

A US federal judge has found medical research firm LabMD to be in contempt of court for failing to pay fees associated with a long-running legal battle against a cybersecurity firm.

08 February 2021

Platform sued for holding loan data “ransom”

Mortgage company Caliber Home Loans claims that its mortgage data processor has threatened to hold its information “hostage”, with serious potential consequences.

05 February 2021

Judge denies Google’s second bid to dismiss state AG COPPA lawsuit

An Albuquerque federal court has denied Google’s motion to dismiss claims from the state’s attorney general that the company violated children’s privacy – the second time in about 10 months that Google has failed to quash the lawsuit.

04 February 2021

Online advertising drives huge Big Tech revenues

Data-dependent digital advertising revenues have shot up at Google, Facebook and Amazon, recent earnings releases reveal.

03 February 2021

FTC stands by Zoom enforcement action

The US Federal Trade Commission has finalised its settlement with Zoom for misleading consumers about the company’s data security, despite criticism by the commission’s new acting boss.

02 February 2021

US intelligence agency admits to warrantless geolocation data collection

The US Defense Intelligence Agency has admitted to purchasing geolocation data on domestic and foreign residents without warrants, arguing that collecting such information is permitted under its interpretation of the Supreme Court’s Carpenter ruling.

01 February 2021

IP association: lack of data protection hinders drug development

Weak data protection rules in eight major economies are hurting US drug development companies, according to a major trade association of intellectual property owners.

29 January 2021

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