Surveillance

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

Top European courts diverge on data retention

The top administrative courts in France and Belgium have both ruled on domestic data retention regimes in the space of two days, but have diverged on their interpretation of a key European Court of Justice judgment.

22 April 2021

Biden administration mulls an end to TikTok and WeChat litigation

The Biden administration has said that it may end Trump’s campaign to ban TikTok and WeChat from the US.

19 April 2021

US and UK blame SolarWinds hack on Russian government

US President Joe Biden has expelled 10 Russian diplomats and imposed a new round of sanctions on the country after the FBI and two other agencies determined that Russia’s government helped facilitate the SolarWinds hack.

16 April 2021

US senators raise national security concerns over foreign ad auctions

A group of senators seek information about how adtech data is being used in real-time advertising auctions, raising concerns that foreign actors could siphon the information and compromise national security.

13 April 2021

Facebook denied US Supreme Court review of tracking lawsuit

The US Supreme Court has turned down Facebook’s request for a review of a lower court’s decision on its liability under the Wiretap Act for its past internet tracking practices.

23 March 2021

Texas AG adds cookie complaints to Google antitrust suit

The Texas attorney general has expanded his antitrust case against Google, adding allegations that the company’s anti-cookie policy is a ploy to entrench its position as a monopoly in the adtech space.

17 March 2021

BrandTotal says it could go bankrupt without access to Facebook platform

BrandTotal says it could go bankrupt unless a US federal judge reverses Facebook’s decision to block it from the social media platform, with the company’s chief executive telling GDR that the tech goliath is trying to legally bully the Israeli-based analytics firm out of existence.

16 March 2021

Data retention rears its head again

A long-running battle in the EU over data retention has flared up again, following rulings out of the bloc’s top court late last year.

12 March 2021

BrandTotal revives antitrust claims against Facebook

Analytics provider BrandTotal has renewed allegations that Facebook wrongly booted it from the social media platform – challenging an earlier ruling that Facebook’s restrictions were in accordance with Federal Trade Commission requirements to combat automated data scrapers.

10 March 2021

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