Region: United States of America

US congressional staffers resume work on federal privacy legislation

Congressional staffers have resumed work on a US general data privacy framework, as stakeholders put more pressure on lawmakers to pass what they say is a necessary element to maintaining transatlantic data flows.

26 July 2021

Data breach roundup 23 July 2021

GDR rounds up recent major data breaches – featuring NSO Group, Aramco and Morgan Stanley.

23 July 2021

US pushing to regain EU adequacy

The US is prioritising negotiations with the European Commission to reinstate a post-Schrems II transatlantic adequacy deal.

22 July 2021

Facial recognition scrutinised by US lawmakers

US lawmakers have expressed a bipartisan consensus for the need of facial recognition regulation, following the release of an internal government report showing that federal law enforcers use the technology with little to no oversight – but Congress has proposed little in the way of concrete solutions.

14 July 2021

Derivatives repository fined over data breaches

The EU securities markets watchdog has fined the UK branch of a major securities depository for data integrity failures.

14 July 2021

Canada privacy law catches Google Search

Canada’s federal court has ruled that Google’s use of personal information to present search results makes its search engine subject to the country’s privacy law – a judgment that could affect Canadians’ right to be forgotten.

12 July 2021

Sweeping Biden order takes action on data privacy and portability

Tougher data privacy and portability regulations are among 72 initiatives announced by US President Joe Biden in an executive order aimed at increasing competition.

09 July 2021

Colorado enters race to set US privacy standards

Colorado’s state privacy bill has become law, signalling that the state intends to compete with the likes of California and Virginia to set national data standards for the US.

08 July 2021

Didi sued for misleading investors on China investigation

Ride-sharing app operator Didi faces at least two class action lawsuits claiming the company failed to disclose data issues that led to it being pulled from Chinese app stores.

07 July 2021

Deadly data: Annie Jacobsen on the military origins of biometrics

Pulitzer Prize finalist Annie Jacobsen’s latest book, First Platoon, chronicles the US military’s massive and ultimately disastrous project to compile biometrics on nearly the entire population of Afghanistan. GDR talked to Jacobsen about the implications big data has for combat, democracy, privacy and other societal issues.

06 July 2021

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