Surveillance

EU-US gap widens over post-Schrems surveillance

The US and EU seem further than ever from an agreement on how to solve data flows to the US, with two influential pressure groups calling for wholesale US surveillance reform days after the US attempted to assuage companies’ fears.

02 October 2020

TikTok case: US national security powers can't stop data flows

In overturning an executive order that banned TikTok’s distribution in the US, a federal judge has ruled that presidential emergency powers cannot regulate data imports and exports.

29 September 2020

US judge temporarily blocks Trump’s TikTok restrictions

TikTok parent company ByteDance has successfully blocked – for now – an executive order from Donald Trump that would have restricted the social media platform from appearing in US app stores.

28 September 2020

Instagram faces CCPA smartphone camera spying lawsuit

A putative class action says Instagram taps users’ smartphone cameras to monitor them without their knowledge or consent.

22 September 2020

US ban on TikTok and WeChat delayed

A US federal court has blocked a Department of Commerce order banning Chinese app WeChat, with the department announcing that it will delay prohibitions on TikTok in the midst of the social media company’s acquisition talks with Oracle and Walmart.

21 September 2020

Commerce department moves forward with TikTok and WeChat bans

The US Department of Commerce has said app stores in the country will no longer be allowed to distribute or maintain WeChat or TikTok mobile applications as of Sunday.

18 September 2020

Locked screen

An increasingly popular data-gathering policy in African countries has exposed weaknesses in regulatory frameworks across the continent.

16 September 2020

NSA bulk data collection illegal, appeal court rules

A US federal appeal court has ruled that the National Security Agency’s harvesting of American citizens’ phone data was illegal.

03 September 2020

Internal Google emails show company’s confusion over location settings

Location data settings on Google’s Android phones were unclear even to the company’s employees, according to new correspondence released as part of an Arizona investigation.

02 September 2020

One firm to rule them all: Palantir’s plan to go public

Regulatory files tied to Palantir Technologies’ planned public share offering reveal the company’s ambitions to become the US government’s sole data analytics provider.

28 August 2020

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