Region: United States of America

Contact-tracing breach victims sue Pennsylvania health department

The government department and contractor managing Pennsylvania’s covid-19 contact-tracing programme have been sued after disclosing a data breach that exposed around 70,000 residents’ sensitive information.

07 May 2021

Clearview ramps up BIPA defence

With plaintiffs pushing for an injunction that would halt much of Clearview AI’s business in Illinois, the facial recognition firm has told a Chicago federal judge that its activities in no way violate the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act.

06 May 2021

Verizon selling Yahoo! for $5 billion after failed data strategy

Verizon is selling Yahoo! and AOL for about $5 billion some five years after buying them for nearly the same price, in a deal seen by some as an admission that the telecoms giant’s data and digital advertising strategies were a failure.

05 May 2021

Enforcement debate stalls Florida privacy legislation

Florida’s legislature has adjourned for the year without passing privacy legislation after failing to agree on whether to include a private right of action – the same roadblock that has stalled efforts in other US jurisdictions.

04 May 2021

SolarWinds revenue grows in wake of massive breach

Software vendor SolarWinds has seen its revenue grow, retained most of its customers, and has yet to be sued following the massive cyberattack against the company, according to the firm’s latest quarterly financial results.

30 April 2021

Google sued over contact-tracing programme

Two Californians have initiated a class action lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of building a covid-19 contact-tracing system that leaves consumer data publicly exposed.

28 April 2021

Industry-friendly Washington data legislation fails for third time

Washington’s legislature has adjourned for the year, closing with it any remaining chance for the state to implement comprehensive privacy legislation in 2021.

27 April 2021

US states sue federal government over census privacy plans

Alabama’s attorney general has sued the US federal government over its plan to anonymise census data, arguing that a lack of detailed local population information will skew efforts to accurately redraw voting districts.

26 April 2021

US senators propose restricting data broker sales to government

A coalition of bipartisan US senators have introduced the Fourth Amendment Is Not for Sale Act, which would create warrant requirements for government agencies to purchase geolocation information and other data from brokers.

23 April 2021

US defends sanctions against Chinese data processing company

The US Department of Justice has urged a court to reject Luokung Technology Corp’s attempt to obtain a temporary reprieve from Trump-era sanctions imposed over alleged links to China’s military.

22 April 2021

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