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California lawmaker introduces genetic privacy bill

A proposed California law would prohibit DNA testing companies like Ancestry and 23andMe from sharing customer DNA information with outside parties without their consent.

The California Consumer Privacy Act already protects consumer DNA information by requiring companies to disclose to the consumer what information is being collected and the purpose for which it will be used, as well as the right to opt out of the sale of that information to a third party.

Source: CA bill bars DNA test companies from secretly sharing data | The Sacramento Bee

Washington Privacy Act comes under review

The US now has the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) in force and American citizens can expect to see other states take up similar laws through 2020.

In 2019, Washington State introduced the Washington Privacy Act (WPA), which passed in the US Senate, but did not pass in the House during the 2019 legislative session. This month, a bipartisan group of legislators introduced an updated version of the WPA.

If enacted, the WPA has the potential to surpass the CCPA to become the most comprehensive U.S. privacy law to date. Below is our summary of its key concepts.

Source: #Privacy: Washington Privacy Act comes under review

Clearview AI Slammed With New Lawsuit Over ‘Faceprint’

The start-up Clearview AI, which reportedly sells faceprint databases to police departments, is now facing a second potential class-action lawsuit.

Clearview violates a state law that gives people the right to control the commercial use of their names and images, a Virginia resident alleges in a complaint filed Monday.

Source: Clearview AI Slammed With New Lawsuit Over ‘Faceprint’ Sales 02/05/2020

Chicago police using controversial Clearview AI facial recognition tool that taps photos from Facebook, other sites

The Chicago Police Department is using a controversial facial recognition tool that allows investigators to search an image of unknown suspects to see if it matches a database of three billion photos lifted from websites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter — a technology privacy advocates say is so ripe for abuse that cops should stop using it immediately.

Critics say Clearview AI’s software is an invasive overreach because it grabs the photos without the consent of those pictured or even the websites that post them. But Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said facial recognition software like Clearview adds “jet fuel” to the department’s ability to identify and locate suspects.

Source: Clearview AI facial recognition: Chicago police using controversial tool that taps photos from Facebook, other sites – Chicago Sun-Times

Ad Groups Want California To Hold Off Enforcing Privacy Law

The ad industry now says businesses need additional time to comply with the rules. A set of draft regulations was issued by Attorney General Xavier Becerra in October.

The groups add that the draft rules “presented significant new and unprecedented requirements” for businesses. That group says enforcement shouldn’t begin until 2022.

Source: Ad Groups Want California To Hold Off Enforcing Privacy Law 01/30/2020

Sen. Graham Draft Bill Would Ban Encryption, Undermine User Privacy, Security

Senator Lindsey Graham, a top Trump ally, is targeting giant internet platforms with a child protection measure that could threaten tech companies’ use of encryption and a liability exemption they prize.

Although the measure doesn’t directly mention encryption, it would require that companies work with law enforcement to identify, remove, report and preserve evidence related to child exploitation — which critics said would be impossible to do for services such as WhatsApp that are encrypted from end-to-end.

Source: Lindsey Graham Proposal Could Expose Apple, Facebook to Lawsuits – Bloomberg

US lawmakers claim progress on online privacy bill

Key lawmakers maintained Tuesday that they are making progress in their efforts to put together the country’s first comprehensive online privacy bill after hitting several bumps in Congress late last year.

At the tech-funded State of the Net conference in Washington, D.C., lawmakers on the relevant House and Senate committees signaled they are grappling with the same obstacles that resulted in Democrats and Republicans putting out separate versions of a privacy bill last year – but insisted they’re still dedicated to bipartisan negotiations.

Source: Lawmakers claim progress on online privacy bill | TheHill

Most Americans support the right to be forgotten online

Americans prefer to keep certain information about themselves outside the purview of online searches, according to a Pew Research Center survey.

74% of U.S. adults say it is more important to be able to “keep things about themselves from being searchable online,” while 23% say it is more important to be able to “discover potentially useful information about others.”

Source: Most Americans support the right to be forgotten online | Pew Research Center

Lawmakers introduce bill to restrict NSA surveillance

A bipartisan coalition of US lawmakers have introduced a new bill that would protect Americans’ rights against unnecessary government surveillance.

The Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act, introduced by US Senator Roy Wyden, D-Ore, will reform section 215 of the PATRIOT Act and prevent abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Source: #Privacy: Lawmakers introduce bill to restrict NSA surveillance

Like CCPA, But Make it Virginia: States Scramble to Introduce Data Privacy Legislation of Their Own

With companies still scrambling to comply with the newly effective California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), other states continue to introduce data privacy legislation of their own.

Virginia added itself to the ever-growing list of states considering such bills when the Virginia Privacy Act (VPA) was introduced to the General Assembly for consideration January 8. The VPA combines the CCPA’s notice requirements with consumer rights similar to those found in the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Source: Like CCPA, But Make it Virginia: States Scramble to Introduce Data Privacy Legislation of Their Own | News & Knowledge | Adams and Reese LLP

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