Surveillance

US DOJ urges judge to allow Trump’s WeChat ban

A San Francisco district judge has told US Department of Justice officials that they will be hard-pressed to convince her to reverse a previous decision declaring the Trump Administration’s WeChat ban as a threat to the First Amendment.

16 October 2020

AT&T fighting to keep its data policies under wraps

Plaintiffs suing AT&T have argued the telecoms giant should release detailed information about reforms to its data policies as part of a long-running geolocation data sharing lawsuit.

15 October 2020

German regulator slams data retention plans following ECJ ruling

Shortly after a landmark ruling in Europe’s highest court, the German federal data protection regulator has called for EU policymakers to permanently ditch blanket data retention.

13 October 2020

ECJ blocks bulk data harvesting but allows targeted collection

The EU’s top court has confirmed that member states cannot order telecoms providers to indiscriminately harvest data for national security purposes, but ruled the practice can continue in exceptional circumstances.

06 October 2020

Trump Administration fights for WeChat ban

The US Department of Commerce has appealed against a court order that prevented it from banning WeChat, arguing that national security concerns should trump “comparatively minor” burdens on freedom of speech.

05 October 2020

EU-US gap widens over post-Schrems surveillance

The US and EU seem further than ever from an agreement on how to solve data flows to the US, with two influential pressure groups calling for wholesale US surveillance reform days after the US attempted to assuage companies’ fears.

02 October 2020

TikTok case: US national security powers can't stop data flows

In overturning an executive order that banned TikTok’s distribution in the US, a federal judge has ruled that presidential emergency powers cannot regulate data imports and exports.

29 September 2020

US judge temporarily blocks Trump’s TikTok restrictions

TikTok parent company ByteDance has successfully blocked – for now – an executive order from Donald Trump that would have restricted the social media platform from appearing in US app stores.

28 September 2020

Instagram faces CCPA smartphone camera spying lawsuit

A putative class action says Instagram taps users’ smartphone cameras to monitor them without their knowledge or consent.

22 September 2020

US ban on TikTok and WeChat delayed

A US federal court has blocked a Department of Commerce order banning Chinese app WeChat, with the department announcing that it will delay prohibitions on TikTok in the midst of the social media company’s acquisition talks with Oracle and Walmart.

21 September 2020

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