Region: United States of America

Second US city bans facial recognition technology

Somerville, Massachusetts became the second city in the US to ban facial recognition technology last week when council members unanimously passed an ordinance to that effect.

01 July 2019

Transparency around tracking methods alone is insufficient, NGO says

Consumer Reports has called for stronger regulation of online tracking, after research found that consumers still struggle to understand how tracking works.

28 June 2019

Brookings Institution conference shines spotlight on data brokers

The Washington DC-based think tank Brookings Institution held a data-privacy conference on Thursday, where panel members discussed the data broker business — what some speakers deemed a powerful and opaque industry that profits though buying and selling consumer information.

28 June 2019

Translation company slams “farcical” lawsuit over data room access

Translation company Lionbridge Technologies and its private equity owner have asked a New York court to dismiss a lawsuit by rival Transperfect Global (TPG) which accuses them of illegally acquiring TPG’s confidential data during a potential takeover.

27 June 2019

Gibson Dunn loses tech partner to Pillsbury

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has added to its technology transactions team in Silicon Valley with the hire of partner Shaalu Mehra.

27 June 2019

Google rep tight-lipped on data use at tech hearing

The US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation have faced difficulties in getting answers from a Google executive about its use of consumer data, as part of a hearing on how tech companies use algorithms and data to persuade users to stay on their platforms.

26 June 2019

Bipartisan bill would extend HIPAA protections to tech industry

US senators Amy Klobuchar and Lisa Murkowski have introduced bipartisan legislation that would regulate how tech companies use consumer health data.

26 June 2019

US bill would force online companies to assign value to data

Bipartisan US federal legislation would require social media companies and other major online platforms to disclose how they are monetising user data.

25 June 2019

Facial recognition tech moratorium passes New York assembly

The New York assembly has placed a temporary moratorium on the state’s schools from using or purchasing facial recognition technology, and directed the New York State Department of Education to study the issue and propose regulations.

25 June 2019

Facebook fails to shake data breach class action

A US federal court has allowed a putative class action resulting from a data breach that affected nearly 30 million Facebook users to continue.

25 June 2019

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