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Iowa senator to introduce ‘right to be forgotten’ law

A state senator wants to spare Iowans the agony of search engines digging up past indiscretions they would rather forget, or at least keep hidden from public view.

Bill is designed to protect Iowans who post information online “and half a decade later decide to go back and clean up their social media space before they apply for a job or move into a new opportunity in life,” said senator.

Source: Bill gives Iowans chance to ‘forget’ bad tweets | The Gazette

Max Schrems files complaint against Amazon

Max Schrems, head of None Of Your Business (noyb), has announced the not-for-profit organisation is to file a complaint to the German data protection authority over data protection standards at Amazon.

According to the NGO, Amazon is at fault due to a major lapse in data security. Noyb maintains that Amazon is in breach of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) because its email servers, used to support direct communication between third-party sellers on the platform and consumers, do not accommodate baseline industry encryption in some instances.

Source: #Privacy: Max Schrems files complaint against Amazon

Lack of big tech GDPR decisions looms large in EU watchdog’s annual report

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner – the lead European Union privacy regulator for most of big tech – has put out its annual report which shows another major bump in complaints filed under the bloc’s updated data protection framework, underlining the ongoing appetite EU citizens have for applying their rights.

But what the report doesn’t show is any firm enforcement of EU data protection rules vis-a-vis big tech. The report leans heavily on stats to illustrate the volume of work piling up on desks in Dublin. But it’s light on decisions on highly anticipated cross-border cases involving tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Read more: Lack of big tech GDPR decisions looms large in EU watchdog’s annual report | TechCrunch

Firm Tracking Purchase, Transaction Histories of Millions Maybe Not Really Anonymizing Them

The nation’s largest financial data broker, Yodlee, holds extensive and supposedly anonymized banking and credit card transaction histories on millions of Americans.

Internal documents, however, appear to indicate that Yodlee clients could potentially de-anonymize those records by simply downloading a giant text file and poking around in it for a while. That includes a unique identifier associated with the bank or credit card holder, amounts of transactions, dates of sale, which business the transaction was processed at, and bits of metadata.

Source: Report: Firm Tracking Purchase, Transaction Histories of Millions Maybe Not Really Anonymizing Them

As Congress stalls on data privacy, Big Tech tangles with states

Top U.S. technology companies are shifting their focus to state capitals to shape emerging data-privacy laws as progress on a federal bill has slowed.

Trade groups representing consumer-oriented technology companies such as Amazon, Google and Facebook, as well as those working on behalf of business-oriented companies such as IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Oracle, have in recent weeks turned their attention to states.

In Congress, meanwhile, multiple bills and draft proposals are being circulated by members in both chambers.

Source: As Congress stalls on data privacy, Big Tech tangles with states – Roll Call

Google users in UK to lose EU data protection

Google is planning to move its British users’ accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead.

The shift, prompted by Britain’s exit from the EU, will leave the sensitive personal information of tens of millions with less protection and within easier reach of British law enforcement.

Source: Exclusive: Google users in UK to lose EU data protection – sources – Reuters

Big Telecom Say It Has First Amendment Right to Sell Your Private Data

ISPs say that a law requiring users to opt-in to having their location and financial data sold is a ‘burdensome restriction’ on their ‘protected speech.’

But telecom experts say the industry’s grasping at straws as it attempts to dodge accountability for a decade rife with telecom related privacy abuses.

The lawsuit is part of a much broader effort by the industry to eliminate all meaningful state and federal consumer protections. The telecom sector has fought tooth and nail against the passage of federal privacy rules of any kind.

Source: Big Telecom Say It Has First Amendment Right to Sell Your Private Data – VICE

California Introduces Bill to Regulate Automated Decision Systems

On February 14, 2020, California State Assembly Member Ed Chau introduced the Automated Decision Systems Accountability Act of 2020, which would require any business in California that provides a person with a program or device that uses an “automated decision system” (“ADS”) to establish processes to “continually test for biases during the development and usage of the ADS” and to conduct an impact assessment on that program or device.

By March 1, 2022, businesses will be required to annually submit to the Department of Business Oversight a report that summarizes the results of their ADS impact assessments. If a change is made during the year, then the results of a new ADS impact assessment must be submitted within 60 days.

Source: California Introduces Bill to Regulate Automated Decision Systems

European Commission publishes data strategy, AI white paper

On Wednesday, the commission released its EU data strategy. The document outlines the commission’s five-year plan for “policy measures and investments to enable the data economy.”

The commission based its strategy on four pillars, one of which is a cross-sectoral governance framework for data access and use. The other pillars include investments in data and “strengthening Europe’s capabilities and infrastructures for hosting, processing and using data, interoperability,” empowering citizens to exercise their data rights and establishing “common European data spaces in strategic sectors and domains of public interest.”

In conjunction with the release data strategy, the commission also published a white paper on AI. The white paper covers the policy options the EU could implement to promote the increased use of AI while addressing the risks associated with the technology.

Source: European Commission publishes data strategy, AI white paper

Privacy Bill Clears Washington State Senate

The Washington State Senate has passed a privacy bill that would give state residents new rights over data collection and use, including the right to opt out of targeted advertising.

The bill gives residents the right to access data about themselves, correct errors, delete the information, and opt out of having their data used for ad targeting and profiling.

A similar bill was passed by the state Senate last year, but stalled in the House.

Source: Privacy Bill Clears Washington State Senate 02/18/2020

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