Surveillance

Trump mandates KYC for cloud providers

In one of his administration’s final acts, former US President Donald Trump issued an executive order requiring web service providers to verify the identity of foreign persons to whom they sell infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) products.

26 January 2021

English court strikes down GCHQ hacking warrants

The UK’s signals intelligence agency cannot use broad warrants to interfere with computer equipment, the High Court of England and Wales has ruled.

11 January 2021

Trump moves to ban more Chinese apps

In a move similar to his contested restrictions on TikTok and WeChat, US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that would ban eight other Chinese-owned apps from the country on national security grounds.

06 January 2021

US judge blocks more Trump TikTok restrictions

The district judge who initially prevented the Trump administration from banning TikTok from US app stores has blocked more of the government’s restrictions against the Chinese app.

08 December 2020

EDPB letter illustrates EU-US terrorism data clash

Senior privacy officials from both sides of the Atlantic have fired warning shots over a terrorism data-sharing scheme, in an awkward spat that may cast a shadow on the EU’s attempts to woo president-elect Joe Biden.

04 December 2020

New Mexico appeals COPPA lawsuit against Google

The New Mexico attorney general has appealed against a US federal court’s decision to dismiss the state’s lawsuit against Google for allegedly tracking public school students.

03 December 2020

ACLU sues US government for records on geolocation tracking programme

An influential NGO has sued three US law enforcement agencies to release records about their purchases of cell phone location data.

03 December 2020

1.5 million class members make claims in $650m Facebook BIPA settlement

The deadline for Illinois residents to take part in the $650 million class action settlement with Facebook has passed, with some 1.5 million people filing claims against the company for its alleged violations of the state’s tough biometric privacy laws.

30 November 2020

NSO Group appeals for immunity from WhatsApp spying lawsuit

Israeli surveillance company NSO Group has appealed against a lower court’s decision that denied it sovereign immunity from WhatsApp’s claims that it spied on the platform’s users.

18 November 2020

Analytics vendor: broad application of wiretap law would criminalise adtech

A US retailer and its digital marketing vendor are seeking to end a class action lawsuit that accuses them of intercepting consumers’ communications without their consent.

17 November 2020

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