Surveillance

Google fails to shake California privacy suit

A San Francisco federal judge has ruled that Google must face allegations that the company’s analytics tool illegally collected user data from third-party apps.

24 May 2021

Clearview AI declines agreement that would bar overseas data transfers

Clearview AI has said numerous times that it has no plans to transfer its US data to overseas subsidiaries – but the facial recognition company has declined to enter an agreement to that effect with the plaintiffs suing the company for alleged violations of the Illinois Biometric Privacy Information Act (BIPA).

21 May 2021

Clearview AI says its offshore subsidiaries are dormant

Plaintiffs pushing for an injunction against Clearview AI have raised concerns that the company could transfer their facial images to offshore subsidiaries – but Clearview says it has no plans to transfer US data overseas.

20 May 2021

US senators focus ire on TikTok

TikTok was the object of US senators’ wrath yesterday during a hearing on protecting children’s privacy, with the committee’s chair and ranking member slamming the company for allegedly ducking the inquiry.

19 May 2021

US AI commission recommendations becoming policy

US policymakers are looking to subsidise the country’s artificial intelligence and semiconductor industries and to implement other recommendations coming out of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) – a body of top tech and government officials tasked with enhancing the military’s big data and AI capabilities.

18 May 2021

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

Florida Senate passes privacy bill without private right of action

Florida’s Senate has passed a consolidated privacy bill and sent the proposal back to the state’s House of Representatives for a final decision tomorrow – the last day before lawmakers adjourn for the year.

29 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

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

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