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At Senate, consensus on federal law until you get to ‘private right of action’

There has been no shortage of hearings on privacy this year as U.S. Congress tries to figure out its approach to protecting consumers in the digital age.

But with recent bills released by both Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., bills that seemingly have more in common than not, there’s a sense within Senate hallways that perhaps congressional consensus on what federal legislation might contain — and what it won’t — is closer than some predicted.

Full article: At Senate, consensus on federal law until you get to ‘private right of action’

Campaigners threaten UK parties with legal action over data processing

Open Rights Group issue urgent notice to Labour, Conservatives and Lib Dems, representing three individuals.

A data rights group has threatened legal action against the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats over the parties’ use of personal data ahead of Thursday’s election.

Source: Campaigners threaten UK parties with legal action over data processing

Optus opens privacy can of worms with programmable voice play

Bringing an assistant into the phone calls of customers to help with a restaurant booking is an idea fraught with privacy concerns.

Australian telco Optus introduced internally a live-transcription service that captures the phone call interaction between customers and a call centre officer.

Full article: Optus opens privacy can of worms with programmable voice play | ZDNet

Talend Report Showcases Low GDPR Compliance Rates for Data Subject Access Requests

Talend’s new survey shows that less than half of all companies and public sector organizations were able to respond to a Data Subject Access Request within the time period stipulated by GDPR.

Media and telecommunications companies also scored very poorly, with only 32% of them responding in a timely manner. Only 46% of retailers are able to respond to Data Subject Access Requests in a timely manner.

Source: Talend Report Showcases Low GDPR Compliance Rates for Data Subject Access Requests – CPO Magazine

Lawsuit challenges Trump administration’s policy on collecting foreigners’ social media accounts

Free-speech advocates say in a lawsuit filed Thursday that the policy violates federal law and runs afoul of the Constitution.

The requirement — implemented as part of the president’s controversial crackdown on immigration — amounts to an illegal surveillance dragnet that threatens to chill political expression online, according to a group of documentary filmmakers, who filed their case with the backing of two advocacy groups, the Brennan Center for Justice and the Knight First Amendment Institute.

Source: Lawsuit challenges Trump administration’s policy on collecting foreigners’ social media accounts – The Washington Post

UK ICO Issues Draft Guidance on Explaining Decisions Made by AI

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has issued and is consulting on draft guidance about explaining decisions made by AI. The ICO prepared the guidance with The Alan Turing Institute, which is the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.

The guidance sets out key principles to follow and steps to take when explaining AI-assisted decisions — including in relation to different types of AI algorithms — and the policies and procedures that organizations should consider putting in place.

Guidance is out for consultation until January 24 2020.

Acces ICO AI guidelines.

TikTok found secretly transferring user data to China

According to a lawsuit file by a college student TikTok has been secretly transferring user data to China without gaining consent.

The class-action lawsuit filed in California, accuses TikTok of secretly harvesting large amounts of personally identifiable user data and sending it to China. In addition, the lawsuit accuses TikTok and its parent company ByteDance, of taking user content without their consent.

Source: #Privacy: TikTok found secretly transferring user data to China – PrivSec Report

Gartner Predicts 80% of Marketers Will Abandon Personalization Efforts by 2025

Gartner predicts 80% of marketers who have invested in personalization will abandon their efforts by 2025 due to lack of ROI, the perils of customer data management or both.

Marketers face other impediments to personalization success including the continuing decline in consumer trust, increased scrutiny by regulators and tracking barriers erected by tech companies. While personalization comprises 14% of the marketing budget, more than one in four marketing leaders cite technology as a major hurdle to personalization.

Source: Gartner Predicts 80% of Marketers Will Abandon Personalization Efforts by 2025

Over a third of US citizens have been victims of ID theft through 2019

Over one third (38%) of Americans have been victims of identity theft or data breaches in the past year, according to a survey conducted by YouGov plc on behalf of ScoreSense.

The study also found that, although the majority of Americans (77%) are concerned about these threats, less than half (48%) are taking measures to protect themselves by utilizing tools to monitor their credit or prevent ID theft.

Source: #Privacy: Over a third of US citizens have been victims of ID theft through 2019

Commission to present revamped ePrivacy proposal

The European Commission will present a revised ePrivacy proposal as part of the forthcoming Croatian Presidency of the EU, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton announced on 3 December, after previous talks failed to produce an agreement among member states.

The revamped measures will be made in a bid to find consensus between EU countries on the ePrivacy regulation which would see tech companies offering messaging and email services subjected to the same privacy rules as telecommunications providers.

Source: Commission to present revamped ePrivacy proposal – EURACTIV.com

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