Covid-19: Brazil’s top prosecutor defends telecoms data collection scheme

With Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court set to decide the lawfulness of a government order for telecoms companies to provide information on up to 226 million residents, the country’s attorney general has issued an opinion arguing that government’s scheme is constitutional given the circumstances presented by the covid-19 pandemic.

04 May 2020

Dutch regulator breaks ranks on coronavirus data sharing

The Dutch data protection authority has urged caution in allowing location data to be shared with its government for coronavirus-fighting efforts – taking a position that differs from many of its European counterparts.

06 April 2020

Telcos share location data for coronavirus efforts

Data regulators have greenlit wide scale data-sharing practices as telecommunications companies across the globe hand over location data to health authorities to assist in the fight against coronavirus.

20 March 2020

Ericsson pivots to data strategy for network maintenance

Telecommunications giant Ericsson has launched a series of predictive maintenance products that take advantage of its large datasets – and set out its ambition to be a “data-driven” service provider.

19 February 2020

Civil liberties groups weigh in on dispute over filtering software

Two US civil liberties pressure groups have backed a software company’s petition to have a case involving its filtering software reheard.

07 November 2019

Satellite deal to pass with cybersecurity conditions

The UK’s government’s clearance of a $3.4 billion (€3.1 billion) takeover of satellite communications company Inmarsat is conditioned on the company changing its cybersecurity programme.

31 October 2019

Telefónica fights data supply lawsuit

Telefónica has denied claims that it breached a contract with phone retailer Carphone Warehouse by failing to supply hundreds of thousands of customers’ data.

25 October 2019

South African court strikes down surveillance laws

A High Court of South Africa judge has struck down multiple aspects of South Africa’s interception regime and its use of bulk interception, but delayed most of his declarations of unconstitutionality for two years to give South Africa’s parliament a chance to fix the surveillance framework.

17 September 2019

Telefónica sued over customer data supply

A mobile phone retail chain claims telecommunications operator Telefónica’s O2 brand failed to fulfil a contractual obligation to supply data relating to around 196,000 customers.

09 September 2019

Telecoms regulation doesn’t cover Gmail, ECJ rules

Google’s Gmail service falls outside the scope of EU telecommunications regulation, the European Court of Justice has concluded, shielding the popular email service from data protection and other obligations.

13 June 2019

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