Region: United States of America

Nielsen Ratings fails to shake GDPR-related claims from investor lawsuit

A Manhattan federal judge has denied data analytics firm Nielsen Ratings’ motion to dismiss claims that the company misled investors about how the GDPR was affecting its business for months after the regulation had gone into effect in May 2018.

07 January 2021

Trump moves to ban more Chinese apps

In a move similar to his contested restrictions on TikTok and WeChat, US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that would ban eight other Chinese-owned apps from the country on national security grounds.

06 January 2021

Roundup: US data news from the Christmas break

GDR rounds up key news from the US that you might have missed over the holidays.

05 January 2021

Fewer than 500 data brokers registered with California in 2020

California’s justice department expected some 1,000 data brokers to register with the state in 2020, but less than half of that number appeared on the public registry as of 4 January.

04 January 2021

Data is key to Google’s dominance, latest antitrust lawsuit says

The third major antitrust lawsuit in as many months has been filed against Google, this one describing a snowball-like effect of how data collection has made the company increasingly dominant in digital advertising over the years.

18 December 2020

US state AGs: Google and Facebook colluded to undermine privacy

The antitrust lawsuit filed by a coalition of US state attorneys general against Google makes explosive allegations that the company intentionally undermined privacy in its pursuit of market dominance – including by colluding with Facebook to access WhatsApp data, and partnering with other Big Tech firms to stall privacy legislation.

17 December 2020

Brexit forces Facebook UK data reshuffle

Brexit uncertainty has pushed Facebook to shift legal responsibility for UK users from the company’s Irish division to its US parent company – though the UK replica of the GDPR will still apply.

17 December 2020

FTC commissioner calls for penalties against data firm’s parent company

The US Federal Trade Commission has sanctioned an analytics company for failing to secure consumer data, but an FTC member has criticised the agency for not pursuing penalties against the firm’s multi-billion dollar parent company.

16 December 2020

FTC scrutinises adtech

The US Federal Trade Commission has launched a probe into the adtech industry, ordering nine major social media and streaming platforms to provide records on how they collect and use consumer data for advertising.

15 December 2020

Only surveillance reform will solve EU-US data flow troubles, committee hears

A US national privacy law will do little to ensure transatlantic data flows unless Congress also implements reforms to the federal government’s surveillance apparatus, the US Senate committee drafting data protection legislation has heard.

11 December 2020

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