EPIC Asks UN to Question US About Privacy Violations by Private Firms

EPIC Asks UN to Question US About Privacy Violations by Private Firms

EPIC Asks UN to Question US About Privacy Violations by Private Firms As part of a routine review, EPIC asked the United Nations Human Rights Committee to question the US about the failure to protect individuals against privacy violations by private industry.

Vizio Privacy Settlement Moves Forward

Vizio Privacy Settlement Moves Forward

A federal judge has granted preliminary approval to a class-action settlement requiring smart tv manufacturer Vizio to pay $17 million for allegedly violating users' privacy.

What can you do to protect your data on Facebook?

What can you do to protect your data on Facebook?

Facebook has shared users' private messages, contact information and other personal data with companies such as Microsoft and Spotify, according to a New York Times report that was alarming even in light of previous disclosures about the social network's practices. Read the terms of service: Facebook says it didn't violate user agreements in sharing the data.

South Carolina Bill Would Ban Stingray Devices, Help Hinder Federal Surveillance State

South Carolina Bill Would Ban Stingray Devices, Help Hinder Federal Surveillance State

H.3368 would prohibit South Carolina law enforcement agencies from purchasing cell site simulators and would require any department that currently uses or possesses such a device to discontinue its use and discard the technology.

As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants

As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants

The privacy team had limited ability to review or suggest changes to some of those data-sharing agreements, which had been negotiated by more senior officials at the company.

Data Privacy Laws -- U.S. Citizens Lack Protections

Data Privacy Laws -- U.S. Citizens Lack Protections

Out of this understandable absence of mind, an enormous industry arises. This industry trades in our personal data, the passively-generated facts about where, and with whom, we spend our time, what stories we visit, who we talk to, and what we say.

Australia gets world-first encryption busting laws

Australia gets world-first encryption busting laws

"To ensure the passage of the bill through the Senate tonight, the government has agreed to consider Labor’s proposed amendments in the new year if any genuinely reflect the recommendations of the parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security," Porter was quoted by several media outlets as saying.

Facebook and Google seek assurances from UK about impact of Brexit deal

Facebook and Google seek assurances from UK about impact of Brexit deal

Google’s UK head Ronan Harris is understood to have asked ministers about the potential impact of Brexit on laws around the transfer of data. Google’s advertising business relies heavily upon retaining user data, and Brexit will see the government have to form a new data-sharing agreement with the European Union.

Now for Rent: Email Addresses and Phone Numbers for Millions of Trump Supporters

Now for Rent: Email Addresses and Phone Numbers for Millions of Trump Supporters

“Republicans have suffered from being behind in small-dollar fund-raising, and the president, over the course of the campaign and his presidency, has built the largest Republican first-party data list,” said Mr. Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale, who engineered the agreement.

Google's DeepMind gains access to wide swath of British healthcare data

Under an agreement with the UK's National Health Service (NHS), Google's AI unit DeepMind has gained access to health care data on patients from three London hospitals, New Scientist reports.

Tech giants back new US data privacy law to head off backlash

But the passage of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which Google opposed, has triggered fears that tech firms will face a “patchwork” of new laws across the US unless they agree to federal legislation that would supersede them.

Police chiefs want new data-sharing treaty with U.S. as privacy questions linger

Police chiefs want new data-sharing treaty with U.S. as privacy questions linger

The chiefs see an opportunity for a virtual leap forward following Washington's passage of the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act. The new law allows the U.S. to sign bilateral agreements with other countries to simplify the sharing of information on criminal justice matters, as long as signatories have proper safeguards in place.