Region: United States of America

FTC-mandated data sharing agreement to end early

A company has benefitted from a US Federal Trade Commission data remedy to such an extent that the authority has agreed to end a mandatory data-sharing agreement two years early.

04 December 2020

New Mexico appeals COPPA lawsuit against Google

The New Mexico attorney general has appealed against a US federal court’s decision to dismiss the state’s lawsuit against Google for allegedly tracking public school students.

03 December 2020

ACLU sues US government for records on geolocation tracking programme

An influential NGO has sued three US law enforcement agencies to release records about their purchases of cell phone location data.

03 December 2020

Settlement reached in first CCPA-related hacking lawsuit

The first class action data breach lawsuit to cite the CCPA has resulted in a settlement agreement that proposes to create a $400,000 fund to compensate more than 200,000 people.

02 December 2020

SCOTUS hears arguments over scope of anti-hacking law

The US Supreme Court has been told that its interpretation of the country’s federal anti-hacking law will have extreme consequences – either criminalising innocuous activity or hindering the ability of authorities to punish the misuse of data.

01 December 2020

1.5 million class members make claims in $650m Facebook BIPA settlement

The deadline for Illinois residents to take part in the $650 million class action settlement with Facebook has passed, with some 1.5 million people filing claims against the company for its alleged violations of the state’s tough biometric privacy laws.

30 November 2020

Home Depot reaches multimillion-dollar deal with US state watchdogs

Major US retailer Home Depot must pay $17.5 million as part of a settlement with state attorneys-general relating to a 2014 data breach.

25 November 2020

US Congress passes IOT security legislation

A US bill that sets cybersecurity standards for IOT devices used by the federal government could also affect private sector security programmes.

19 November 2020

NSO Group appeals for immunity from WhatsApp spying lawsuit

Israeli surveillance company NSO Group has appealed against a lower court’s decision that denied it sovereign immunity from WhatsApp’s claims that it spied on the platform’s users.

18 November 2020

Analytics vendor: broad application of wiretap law would criminalise adtech

A US retailer and its digital marketing vendor are seeking to end a class action lawsuit that accuses them of intercepting consumers’ communications without their consent.

17 November 2020

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