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Google victory in German top court over right to be forgotten

A German court has sided with Google and rejected requests to wipe entries from search results. The cases hinged on whether the right to be forgotten outweighed the public’s right to know.

The court ruled that whether links to critical articles have to be removed from the search list always depends on a comprehensive consideration of fundamental rights in the individual case.

Source: Google victory in German top court over right to be forgotten | Germany| News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW | 27.07.2020

Proposed Amendment to the North Carolina Identity Theft Protection Act

In April 2019, with the introduction of House Bill 904, a bi-partisan effort was made to strengthen cyber security in North Carolina.

H.B. 904 seeks to make North Carolina’s Identity Theft Protection Act one of the strongest in the nation by broadening the definition of what constitutes a data breach, what proactive steps companies and employers must take to prevent a breach of their customers or employees’ personal information, and the penalties available to victims of data breaches, among other provisions.

Source: Proposed Amendment to the North Carolina Identity Theft Protection Act | Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC – JDSupra

Australia sues Google over merging DoubleClick data to create single user profiles

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has hauled Google into the nation’s Federal Court for misleading local users “… to obtain their consent to expand the scope of personal information that Google could collect and combine about consumers’ internet activity, for use by Google, including for targeted advertising.”

The ACCC’s beef is that Google started to combine its own data with information gathered by DoubleClick and did so without properly informing users, making its process for securing consent misleading.

Source: Australia sues Google over data collection practices that merged DoubleClick data to create single user profiles • The Register

Atlassian says encryption-busting law has damaged Australia’s tech reputation

Startup darling has taken further aim at the TOLA Act, echoing calls for the warrant process to have independent oversight.

Atlassian believes Australia’s encryption-busting legislation continues to have a negative impact on the country’s technology sector, both from the perspective of partnering with an Australian company and attracting tech talent down under.

Source: Atlassian says encryption-busting law has damaged Australia’s tech reputation | ZDNet

Years before big hack, Twitter contractors reportedly spied on celebs

Years before the July 15th attack on Twitter that let hackers compromise some of the social network’s most high-profile accounts to tweet Bitcoin scams, Twitter contractors apparently were able to use Twitter’s internal tools to spy on some celebrities, including Beyoncé, chronicling longtime security concerns at the company.

The tools in question typically allow certain Twitter staffers to do things like reset accounts or respond to content violations, but they could apparently also be used to spy on or hack an account.

Source: Years before big hack, Twitter contractors reportedly spied on celebs, including Beyoncé – The Verge

Facebook sues EU antitrust regulator for excessive data requests

Facebook is suing EU antitrust regulators for seeking information beyond what is necessary, including highly personal details, for their investigations into the company’s data and marketplace.

In addition to the two lawsuits against the Commission, Facebook is also seeking interim measures at the Luxembourg-based General Court, Europe’s second-highest, to halt such data requests until judges rule, according to a court filing.

Source: Facebook sues EU antitrust regulator for excessive data requests – Reuters

No grace period after Schrems II Privacy Shield ruling, warn EU data watchdogs

European data watchdogs have issued updated guidance in the wake of last week’s landmark ruling striking down a flagship transatlantic data transfer mechanism called Privacy Shield.

In an FAQ on the Schrems II judgement, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) warns there will be no regulatory grace period.

Source: No grace period after Schrems II Privacy Shield ruling, warn EU data watchdogs | TechCrunch

The NYDFS Brings First Enforcement Action under the Cybersecurity Regulation

On Tuesday, July 21, 2020, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) brought its first enforcement action under its Cybersecurity Regulation against a large title insurer for failing to protect sensitive personal information.

The NYDFS is seeking civil monetary penalties, an order requiring the Company to remedy the alleged violations, and any other relief deemed just and appropriate.

Source: The NYDFS Brings First Enforcement Action under the Cybersecurity Regulation

EDPB Adopts Information Note on BCRs in Preparation for Brexit

On July 22, 2020, the European Data Protection Board (the “EDPB”) adopted an information note (the “Note”) to assist organizations relying on Binding Corporate Rules (“BCRs”) for international personal data transfers, as well as supervisory authorities, in preparing for the end of the Brexit implementation period on December 31, 2020.

The Note is provided specifically for those groups of undertakings and enterprises that have the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) as the competent supervisory authority for their BCRs.

Source: EDPB Adopts Information Note on BCRs in Preparation for Brexit

San Francisco Police Accessed Business District Camera Network to Spy on Protestors

The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) conducted mass surveillance of protesters at the end of May and in early June using a downtown business district’s camera network, according to new records obtained by EFF.

The records show that SFPD received real-time live access to hundreds of cameras as well as a “data dump” of camera footage amid the ongoing demonstrations against police violence.

Source: San Francisco Police Accessed Business District Camera Network to Spy on Protestors

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