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Senate Commerce Committee Holds Hearing on the Invalidation of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and the Future of Transatlantic Data Flows

On December 9, 2020, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing on the Invalidation of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and the Future of Transatlantic Data Flows.

The hearing explored the policy issues that led to the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) invalidation of the Privacy Shield framework in the Schrems II ruling. The hearing also discussed effects of the CJEU’s decision on U.S. businesses and what steps the U.S. government may take to develop a successor data transfer framework, including comprehensive federal privacy legislation.

Source: Senate Commerce Committee Holds Hearing on the Invalidation of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and the Future of Transatlantic Data Flows | Privacy & Information Security Law Blog

New EU-U.S. data transfer pact not any time soon

Companies hoping the EU and the new U.S. administration will soon strike a new transatlantic data transfer pact to replace one struck down by a court will probably have to wait months for any result, the head of the EU privacy watchdog said on Friday.

“I don’t expect a new solution instead of Privacy Shield in the space of weeks, and probably not even months, and so we have to be ready that the system without a Privacy Shield like solution will last for a while,” told  European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Wojciech Wiewiorowski.

Source: New EU-U.S. data transfer pact? Not any time soon, says EU privacy watchdog | Reuters

Google Hit With 2nd Lawsuit Testing Its Monopoly Power

Republican attorneys general from 10 states sued Google on Wednesday, accusing it of wielding its might in digital advertising to crush competitors, in the second major legal challenge to the tech giant’s power this fall.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Texas, focused on Google’s outsized role in the complicated chain that links advertisers to publishers selling space online. Google is the biggest player in every link of that chain, and the states allege it has abused that monopoly to boost its own business. They also accuse Google of colluding with Facebook to manipulate the online ad market and limit competition.

Source: Google Hit With 2nd Lawsuit Testing Its Monopoly Power — This One Over Digital Ads : NPR

FTC launches sweeping privacy study of top tech platforms

The Federal Trade Commission is launching a new inquiry into the privacy and data collection practices of major tech firms including Amazon, TikTok owner ByteDance, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook as well as its subsidiary WhatsApp.

The agency wants much of the usage and engagement data the platforms collect on their users, the metrics they use for measuring such things and short- and long-term business strategies, among many other areas of inquiry.

Source: Scoop: FTC launches sweeping privacy study of top tech platforms – Axios

Uber defends sexual assault victims’ privacy, gets fined $59 million

The California Public Utility Commission has slapped Uber with a $59 million fine for refusing to hand over detailed records about more than 1,200 alleged sexual assaults involving Uber drivers in California between 2017 and 2019.

Uber objected, noting that most of the victims had not consented to have their identities or stories shared with third parties. Even if the records were kept confidential, Uber argued, a CPUC investigation of these cases could force victims to revisit one of the most traumatic moments in their lives.

Source: Uber defends sexual assault victims’ privacy, gets fined $59 million | Ars Technica

Facebook to move UK users to California terms, avoiding EU privacy rules

Facebook Inc will shift all its users in the United Kingdom into user agreements with the corporate headquarters in California, moving them out of their current relationship with Facebook’s Irish unit and out of reach of Europe’s privacy laws.

The change takes effect next year and follows a similar move announced in February by Google. Those companies and others have European head offices in Dublin, and the UK’s exit from the EU will change its legal relationship with Ireland, which remains in the Union.

Source: Exclusive: Facebook to move UK users to California terms, avoiding EU privacy rules | Reuters

Court: Muslim Men Can Sue FBI Agents Over No-Fly List

A unanimous Supreme Court ruled that Muslim men who were placed on the government’s no-fly list because they refused to serve as FBI informants can seek to hold federal agents financially liable.

The justices continued a string of decisions friendly to religious interests in holding that the men could sue the agents under the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act for what it calls “appropriate relief.”

Source: Muslim Men Can Sue FBI Agents Over No-Fly List: SCOTUS | HuffPost

Amazon Sued For Wiretapping Drivers’ Closed Facebook Groups

Amazon Flex Driver Drickey Jackson alleged that Amazon “wiretapp(ed) the electronic communications of Amazon Flex Drivers’ closed Facebook groups,” according to a class action complaint filed in the Souther District of California.

According to the complaint, Amazon sought to “secretly observe and monitor Flex Drivers’ electronic communications and confidential postings in their closed Facebook groups, through the use of monitoring tools, automated software, and dedicated employees with backgrounds in signals intelligence and communications intelligence,” who purportedly deployed said tools “as part of their … duties on behalf of Amazon.” In particular, the plaintiff cited the existence of a document listing 43 closed Flex Driver Facebook groups that Amazon purportedly monitors.

Source: Amazon Sued For Wiretapping Drivers’ Closed Facebook Groups – Tech

U.S. Schools Are Buying Cellebrite Phone-Hacking Tech

A Gizmodo investigation has found that schools in the U.S. are purchasing phone surveillance tools from Cellebrite and companies that offer similar tools just four years after the FBI used it to crack a terrorism suspect’s iPhone.

Known as mobile device forensic tools (MDFTs), this type of tech is able to siphon text messages, photos, and application data from student’s devices. Together, the districts encompass hundreds of schools, potentially exposing hundreds of thousands of students to invasive cell phone searches.

Source: U.S. Schools Are Buying Cellebrite Phone-Hacking Tech

EU-US data transfer clarity may take several months, warns head of EDPS

European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Wojciech Wiewiorowski says he does not expect a new solution to the Privacy Shield problem for several months, as the Biden administration grapples with other priority issues.

The head of the EDPS told Reuters said he is doubtful that EU businesses will receive clarity in the coming weeks and months over the uncertainty around EU-US data transfers.

Source: EU-US data transfer clarity may take several months, warns head of EDPB

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