California's Assembly Will Consider Only Industry Bills

California's Assembly Will Consider Only Industry Bills

We are disappointed the California Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee will not hear A.B. 1760 , which would have substantially strengthened the California Consumer Privacy Act. Tomorrow, the Privacy Committee will instead vote on several bills backed by Big Tech interests that will erode the CCPA and the promises this law made to give all Californians the privacy rights they want and deserve.

Silicon Valley-Funded Privacy Think Tanks Fight in D.C. to Unravel State-Level Consumer Privacy Protections

Silicon Valley-Funded Privacy Think Tanks Fight in D.C. to Unravel State-Level Consumer Privacy Protections

American standards on data collection could shape political and business decisions across the world, said Jeff Chester, president of the Center for Digital Democracy, a privacy think tank that opposes overturning of state-level privacy laws.

EU gives 'high-level' protection to whistleblowers

EU gives 'high-level' protection to whistleblowers

The new legislation gives whistleblowers who report breaches of EU law a "high level of protection". LuxLeaks: Whistleblowers working for PricewaterhouseCoopers leaked documents exposing favourable tax arrangements offered by Luxembourg to some of the world's biggest companies while European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was prime minister.

'A More Just and Equitable Future': Advocates Welcome Markey's Privacy Bill of Rights

'A More Just and Equitable Future': Advocates Welcome Markey's Privacy Bill of Rights

Dylan Gilbert, a policy fellow at the nonprofit Public Knowledge, said that "Senator Markey's Privacy Bill of Rights Act sets a strong, rights-based standard for consumer privacy protection under federal law that goes beyond mere notice and choice.".

Net Neutrality Bill Passes Crucial Committee Vote

Net Neutrality Bill Passes Crucial Committee Vote

The Save the Internet Act would lock into law the protections for net neutrality that came in the 2015 Open Internet Order and require the FCC to take action when ISPs give unfair preferential treatment to certain types of content or content sources.

MEPs accidentally vote wrong way on copyright law

MEPs accidentally vote wrong way on copyright law

Several MEPs have said they accidentally voted the wrong way on a key amendment of a new European copyright directive, meaning the most controversial aspects of the law might have been removed had they not erred.

Why Russia Might Shut Off the Internet

Why Russia Might Shut Off the Internet

“One of the speakers at the rally claimed that the Kremlin wanted to press a button and switch the Internet off,” he told the Russian wire agency Interfax.

The European Parliament has voted in favour of Article 13

The European Parliament has voted in favour of Article 13

The EU argues that up until now, online platforms such as YouTube and Google News have been making huge sums of money by hosting or directing people to creative content – but haven’t been funnelling much of that cash back to the people who the content in the first place.

Australia threatens social media laws that could jail tech executives

Australia threatens social media laws that could jail tech executives

Following the livestreamed New Zealand mosque shooting that left 50 dead in Christchurch, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is looking to crack down on extremist content on social media.

Utah Just Became a Leader in Digital Privacy

Utah Just Became a Leader in Digital Privacy

Rather than wait for court action, Utah legislators passed this latest privacy law, which requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant with probable cause in order to access any electronic data held by a third party, at least in most cases.

Microsoft CEO Calls for Global Implementation of GDPR-like Legislation

Microsoft CEO Calls for Global Implementation of GDPR-like Legislation

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, speaking recently during an on-stage interview at World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, lead the calls for the global introduction of legislation that enshrines data privacy as a human right.

New privacy bill would give parents an ‘Eraser Button’ and ban ads targeting children

New privacy bill would give parents an ‘Eraser Button’ and ban ads targeting children

If approved, the changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) would codify a set of parental controls and ban targeted advertising to young minors.

DuckDuckGo Testimony Before the United States Senate

DuckDuckGo Testimony Before the United States Senate

Below is the prepared testimony of Gabriel Weinberg , CEO & Founder of DuckDuckGo, before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on GDPR & CCPA: Opt-ins, Consumer Control, and the Impact on Competition and Innovation .

Privacy Foundation says privacy 'severely' underestimated in rushing through CDR

Privacy Foundation says privacy 'severely' underestimated in rushing through CDR

"We consider the framework as it currently stands unnecessarily exposes people to harm because the fundamental privacy safeguards are not in place and risks have been severely underestimated by the government," the APF wrote in its submission [PDF] in response to the Treasury Laws Amendment (Consumer Data Right) Bill 2019.

How Big Tech plans to pre-empt California’s tough Consumer Privacy Act

How Big Tech plans to pre-empt California’s tough Consumer Privacy Act

Industry lobbyists are putting a lot of pressure on Congress to come up with a set of Federal privacy regulations that are less stringent in their demands for personal data protection and less destructive to existing business models than the Golden State legislation.

Moving our privacy advocacy forward to protect Australia and you

Moving our privacy advocacy forward to protect Australia and you

In our submission, we cited possible impacts of the act on the local technology sector including creating a distrust of Australia and Australian companies, causing financial losses to tech business, and creating confusion and stress among technical talent.

Thailand passes internet security law decried as 'cyber martial law'

Thailand passes internet security law decried as 'cyber martial law'

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand’s military-appointed parliament on Thursday passed a controversial cybersecurity law that gives sweeping powers to state cyber agencies, despite concerns from businesses and activists over judicial oversight and potential abuse of power.

At hearing on federal data-privacy law, debate flares over state rules

At hearing on federal data-privacy law, debate flares over state rules

The IAB, which represents companies including Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook and Twitter, said Congress shouldn't model a federal data-privacy law on the GDPR or on California's privacy law.

Mozilla fears encryption law could turn its employees into insider threats

Mozilla fears encryption law could turn its employees into insider threats

It enables the authorities to ask technology companies nicely for help decrypting a user’s communications, using an order called a technical assistant request (TAR). FastMail, an Australian email provider that prides itself on secure email services, worried in its own letter that government access to encrypted communication would damage consumer trust.

The FBI Wants Your Spit

The FBI Wants Your Spit

While many people are enjoying the genealogical research aided by companies such as 23andMe, Ancestry.com , and MyHeritage, they are also unaware that law enforcement is using them as “genetic informants.” In fact, Family Tree DNA has been allowing the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to submit suspects’ DNA in order to investigate unsolved violent crimes.

U.S. lawmakers in battle to regulate social media firms on data-privacy

U.S. lawmakers in battle to regulate social media firms on data-privacy

Most significantly, tech companies themselves have been lobbying Congress to pass national legislation that would override an emerging patchwork of state privacy laws – particularly new rules set to take effect in California next year that would give the state’s attorney-general broad powers to police Silicon Valley.

This Is What Tech Companies Want in Any Federal Data Privacy Legislation

This Is What Tech Companies Want in Any Federal Data Privacy Legislation

Here’s what some tech companies and a key industry group want in any future privacy legislation: Google/Internet Association In general, both parties agree on the following Apple:

You may soon have to give your DNA to the state and pay $250 for the privilege

You may soon have to give your DNA to the state and pay $250 for the privilege

The proposed database appears to be focused on making it easier for law enforcement to use DNA in investigations, but Kaye said it's not targeting the right people to make a significant impact when it comes to solving cases.

Open Letter to EU Lawmakers Against Fingerprints in ID Cards

Open Letter to EU Lawmakers Against Fingerprints in ID Cards

The proposal relies entirely on the ICAO standard but fails to investigate its security and to take into account some key differences (although they are mentioned in the impact assessment): a citizen doesn’t carry their passport all the time, and are not obliged by law to do so, which is not true for ID cards in some Member States.

House bill requires pornography filter on all phones, computers purchased in Kansas

House bill requires pornography filter on all phones, computers purchased in Kansas

Two bills introduced in the Kansas House on Wednesday generate funding for human trafficking programs by requiring all new internet-capable telephones or computers sold in the state to feature anti-pornography software and by mandating adult entertainment businesses charge a special admissions tax.

Here’s how face recognition tech can be GDPR compliant

Here’s how face recognition tech can be GDPR compliant

As face recognition technology (or FRT) collects information of a person’s facial features, its classed under biometric data, which is labeled as “sensitive personal data.” The verbatim definition of biometric data in GDPR is … [Biometric data] means personal data resulting from specific technical processing relating to the physical, physiological or behavioural characteristics of a natural person, which allow or confirm the unique identification of that natural person, such as facial images or dactyloscopic data.

Google's top policy chief calls for 'common rules of the road' globally for tech regulation

Google's top policy chief calls for 'common rules of the road' globally for tech regulation

Google's top policy chief has called for "common rules of the road" globally when it comes to the regulation of technology, amid ongoing debate around the world on how to create legislation for the internet economy.

Washington state proposes privacy legislation as data debate heats up

Washington state proposes privacy legislation as data debate heats up

“It doesn’t necessarily contemplate the same broader set of rights that the Washington one does – it’s two different ways of tackling similar problems.” But how far the Washington legislation actually goes to mirror GDPR efficiency is not without its criticisms – administering the law is an issue of particular notability.

San Francisco Could Be First to Ban Facial Recognition Tech

San Francisco Could Be First to Ban Facial Recognition Tech

“This is the first piece of legislation that I’ve seen that really takes facial recognition technology as serious as it is warranted and treats it as uniquely dangerous.” Woodrow Hartzog, Northeastern University Privacy laws in Texas and Illinois require anyone recording biometric data, including face scans and fingerprints, to give people notice and obtain their consent.

Brazil in 2019: Free Speech and Privacy in the Crosshairs. What Are the Threats?

Brazil in 2019: Free Speech and Privacy in the Crosshairs. What Are the Threats?

The current text of a Bolsonaro’s bill , which he wrote as a congressman, replaces the previous requirement of court orders with a pre-authorization for specific law enforcement agents, connected to the Brazilian Army and police, to obtain communications metadata (defined by Law n.

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