Advocacy groups call on Congress to address discrimination in privacy laws

The civil rights groups aim to fix issues like discriminative advertising, voter suppression and targeted misinformation.

The letter said data security and privacy abuses have harmed marginalized communities. Such abuses include deceptive voter suppression, misinformation targeting African Americans, and discriminatory government surveillance.

Source: ACLU, NAACP call on Congress to address discrimination in privacy laws – CNET

Brexit and the road to GDPR compliance

Since the GDPR came into effect, many organisations have fallen victim to data protection penalties amid a wider scramble to meet new compliance standards.

It’s the big data handlers – tech giants such as Facebook and Google – that are staring down the barrel of the heaviest regulator action, but smaller companies are under similar scrutiny as the GDPR and other regulation beds in. But Brexit promises to cast a further shadow of uncertainty over an already difficult situation.

Full article: Brexit and the road to GDPR compliance

California governor wants users to profit from online data

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says the state’s consumers should get a piece of the billions of dollars that technology companies make off the personal data they collect.

The new governor has asked aides to develop a proposal for a “data dividend” for California residents but provided no hints about whether he might be suggesting a tax on tech companies, an individual refund to their customers or something else.

Source: California governor wants users to profit from online data | The Sacramento Bee

New UN deal with data mining firm Palantir raises protection concerns

CIA-linked software firm Palantir will help the UN’s World Food Programme analyse its data in a new partnership. The UN’s food relief agency says it can become more efficient and save costs by tying up with the controversial US defense contractor. Though the deal draw immediate flak from privacy and data protection activists.

Source: IRIN | New UN deal with data mining firm Palantir raises protection concerns

Nearly half of UK small businesses believe a cyberattack could close their business

Every second small and medium-sized business in the UK could be forced to close if they were hit by a major cyberattack, a new study suggests.

The report, titled “Size Does Matter,” details the challenging climate for UK SMBs in a time of rapid political, economic and social change.

Full article: Nearly half of UK small businesses believe a cyberattack could close their business

ICO releases discussion paper on regulatory sandbox

UK data protection authority ICO have published regulatory sandbox discussion paper which explains to potential participants how ICO sees the sandbox working in practice. The paper sets out our thinking so far – from early engagement through to application, sandbox entry and, ultimately, exit.

Source: Blog: ICO regulatory sandbox | ICO

Alphabet.inc sued for Google data breach and alleged sexual misconduct

Google are up against a “credible basis” for suspicious mismanagement at Google parent firm, Alphabet, following a lawsuit filed in Delaware last week.

Investigations into Alphabet have reached Chancery Court in the eastern US state of Delaware, regarding official documents linked to the way the firm dealt with allegations of sexual misconduct that were made against some of Google’s C-suite members.

Source: Alphabet.inc sued for Google data breach and alleged sexual misconduct

Companies’ Right to Privacy

On January 3, 2019, the federal trial court in Manhattan issued a preliminary injunction, temporarily halting a new local law aimed at required disclosures by home-sharing platforms, such as Airbnb and HomeAway, to the city.

The court granted the preliminary injunction on the basis that the city’s broad requirement that the services turn over detailed customer information on a monthly basis likely violated the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution—infringing the privacy rights of the companies , rather than the users.

Source: Companies’ Right to Privacy

FTC Decides Not to Modify CAN-SPAM Rule

On February 12, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that, after a review of the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (“CAN-SPAM”) Rule as part of its periodic review of its regulations, it has determined that the Rule does not need to be modified at this time.

Source: FTC Decides Not to Modify CAN-SPAM Rule

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