US Senate votes to renew Patriot Act spying powers

Shutting down an amendment that would have required traditional warrants to surveil Americans, the US Senate has voted to reauthorise surveillance powers used by US law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

15 May 2020

US warrantless browser history spying ban fails

The US Senate has voted in favour of greater oversight of government surveillance, but has failed to pass an amendment that would have prohibited law enforcement from spying on Americans’ browser history without a warrant.

14 May 2020

Facial recognition legislation makes its way through California legislature

A bill that would govern the use of facial recognition technology is making its way through the California legislature over the objections of 55 civil rights organisations.

13 May 2020

US lawmakers propose temporary covid-19 privacy law

Five Republican senators have introduced a bill that would regulate contact-tracing apps and similar projects geared towards tracking the spread of covid-19.

12 May 2020

Brazilian court declares data protection a fundamental right in landmark decision

Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court has struck down a government order forcing telecommunications companies to provide access to user information, declaring in the process that data protection is a fundamental right.

11 May 2020

Covid-19: Brazil’s top prosecutor defends telecoms data collection scheme

With Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court set to decide the lawfulness of a government order for telecoms companies to provide information on up to 226 million residents, the country’s attorney general has issued an opinion arguing that government’s scheme is constitutional given the circumstances presented by the covid-19 pandemic.

04 May 2020

Alphabet’s Q1 financial results portend 2020 adtech slowdown

Google and YouTube saw steep drop-offs in revenue after covid-19 was declared a global pandemic, suggesting that 2020 could be a rocky year for companies with targeted advertising-based business models.

29 April 2020

Medical records companies baulk at sharing data with CDC

Electronic health records companies have prevented covid-19 data from being shared with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a congressional committee has heard.

17 April 2020

Study tests efficacy of covid-19 location data tracing

Oxford University researchers have found that using location data to combat covid-19 in Europe would require near-universal adoption by the public to be effective.

14 April 2020

Covid-19: UK health service forced to disclose patient data

The UK’s health ministry has ordered healthcare organisations to process and share confidential patient information – but the order leaves some room for interpretation.

09 April 2020

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