Surveillance

Trump delays TikTok ban as legal battles continue

The US Department of Commerce will delay its orders prohibiting TikTok from US app stores pending the outcome of ongoing litigation with plaintiffs who seek to reverse the government ban.

13 November 2020

New Mexico appealing COPPA lawsuit against Google

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

03 November 2020

US court puts clamps on Trump’s TikTok ban

A federal judge has blocked the Trump Administration’s order banning TikTok, deeming government’s restrictions on the Chinese app as a threat to plaintiffs’ constitutional rights – a similar finding other courts have made against efforts to ban Chinese app WeChat.

02 November 2020

Q3 in data: advertising continues to drive covid-19 rebound

The world’s largest technology and cloud computing companies posted strong growth in the third quarter of 2020, with much of the growth attributed to a boost in targeted advertising.

30 October 2020

Trump Administration handed another loss in WeChat case

The Ninth Circuit has upheld an injunction that blocked the US Department of Commerce from banning WeChat from app stores – marking the Trump Administration’s third unsuccessful attempt in the last two months to lock the Chinese app out of the US.

27 October 2020

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

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