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Irish Court Reviews U.S. Surveillance Developments

The Irish High Court has reviewed recent decisions by the U.S. surveillance court and a federal appeals court for a case on the legality of Facebook’s transfers of personal data from the EU to the United States. EPIC explained that the modifications to the NSA’s “Upstream” program were significant, but emphasized that the scathing rebuke of the NSA’s prior violations and “institutional lack of candor” show that there are not adequate limitations in the US on mass surveillance.

Source: EPIC In Court: Irish Court Reviews U.S. Surveillance Developments

Court Rules Secret Scoring of Teachers Unconstitutional

A federal district court has held that firing public school teachers based on the results of a secret algorithm is unconstitutional. The case, Houston Federation of Teachers vs. Houston Independent School District, concerned a commercial software company’s proprietary appraisal system that was used to score teachers.

Source: Court Rules Secret Scoring of Teachers Unconstitutional

Reasonable Retention Of Personal Information: The Compliance Advantage Of Risk-Based Polices And Procedures For Information Governance

A recent privacy breach case in Canada offers practical guidance for organizations anywhere to avoid the over-retention of personal data. A May 2017 Order from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta provides new insight into the requirement under section 35 of the Personal Information Protection Act to retain personal information only as long as reasonably required.

Source: Reasonable Retention Of Personal Information: The Compliance Advantage Of Risk-Based Polices And Procedures For Information Governance

Dani Mathers Faces Jail Time For Snapchat Photo

The former playboy model has been charged with misdemeanor invasion of privacy for the post, which she added to her public Snapchat story in July 2016, The Independent reports. In the image, a 70-year-old woman is naked, and Mathers captioned the image with, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”

Source: Dani Mathers Faces Jail Time For Snapchat Photo

Germany′s highest court rules IP addresses may be saved in interest of cybersecurity

Cybersecurity takes priority over a person’s data protection rights in some cases, the Federal Court has ruled. This specifically refers to the right to save IP addresses as defense against cyberattacks.

Source: Germany′s highest court rules IP addresses may be saved in interest of cybersecurity | News | DW | 16.05.2017

Pokemon Go Defeats Lawsuit Over Privacy Policy

A judge has dismissed a consumer’s complaint alleging that the developer of Pokemon Go violated Florida’s consumer protection law. Complaint stated that Pokemon Go collected too many data of users thus engaging in deceptive and unfair trade practices prohibited by consumer protection law.

Source: Pokemon Go Defeats Lawsuit Over Privacy Policy

Court to Facebook: Stop harvesting users’ WhatsApp personal data without consent

Facebook has lost its bid to collect the personal data of WhatsApp users in Germany — for now.

In August last year, Facebook-owned WhatsApp changed its terms and privacy policy to say that the parent company would gain access to users’ telephone numbers and other pieces of data, such as the mobile operating system being used, the user’s phone number, and screen resolution.

The idea was to improve Facebook’s ad targeting and to make it easier for the social network to suggest friend connections.

Source: Court to Facebook: Stop harvesting users’ WhatsApp personal data without consent

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