Intention to issue € 10 million fine to Grindr LLC

Intention to issue € 10 million fine to Grindr LLC

- Our preliminary conclusion is that Grindr has shared user data to a number of third parties without legal basis, said Bjørn Erik Thon, Director-General of the Norwegian Data Protection Authority.

Is the GDPR finally going to get some teeth?

Is the GDPR finally going to get some teeth?

The Irish DPC finds itself in this position because of the way that the GDPR works: when there are privacy problems, the cases are brought by the data protection authority of the EU nation in which the company concerned is based.

Victory at the High Court against the government's use of 'general warrants'

Victory at the High Court against the government's use of 'general warrants'

Today, the UK High Court has quashed a decision by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) and held that section 5 of the Intelligence Services Act (ISA) 1994 does not permit the issue of general warrants to authorise property interference and certain forms of computer hacking.

Apple Fined $12M In Italy

Apple Fined $12M In Italy

The tech giant Apple has been fined 10 million Euros ($12 million) by the Italian Competition Authority over what it says were “aggressive and misleading” advertising practices for its iPhones.

ICO fines Marriott International Inc £18.4million for failing to keep customers’ personal data secure

ICO fines Marriott International Inc £18.4million for failing to keep customers’ personal data secure

The ICO’s investigation found that there were failures by Marriott to put appropriate technical or organisational measures in place to protect the personal data being processed on its systems, as required by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

German authorities want large porn sites to implement age verification or be blocked via DNS

German authorities want large porn sites to implement age verification or be blocked via DNS

Internet service providers (ISPs) in Germany may soon be forced to apply DNS blocks to stop users from accessing porn sites like Pornhub, xHamster, and YouPorn.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 23, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 23, 2020

Court documents have revealed that internet service providers have been conducting secret traffic analysis on customers to monitor IPTV activity.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

GDPR watchdog’s investigation finds that tracking and consent pop-ups used by Google and other major websites and apps are unlawful.

GDPR watchdog’s investigation finds that tracking and consent pop-ups used by Google and other major websites and apps are unlawful.

The Belgian Data Protection Authority (APD-GBA) has found serious GDPR infringements in the system Google and others use to legitimise online tracking.

The Viking Snowden: Denmark spy chief 'relieved of duty' after whistleblower reveals illegal snooping on citizens

The Viking Snowden: Denmark spy chief 'relieved of duty' after whistleblower reveals illegal snooping on citizens

The TET clearly decided its authority and ability to oversee the intelligence services was at stake and notes that it sought, and received, repeat support from the Defense Minister in its investigation.

Trump admin shrugs off FCC court loss to fight Calif. net neutrality law

Trump admin shrugs off FCC court loss to fight Calif. net neutrality law

Despite the FCC's preemption order being overturned in court, the DOJ's amended complaint yesterday argued that California's net neutrality law "is preempted by federal law and therefore violates the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution.".

Pakistan bans one Chinese app and gives TikTok a final warning to clean up its act

Pakistan bans one Chinese app and gives TikTok a final warning to clean up its act

Pakistan’s Telecommunications Authority has banned one Chinese-owned social video-streaming app Bigo and given TikTok a final warning that it needs to get its house in order or also face expulsion.

Biden FCC Would Restore Net Neutrality Rules

Biden FCC Would Restore Net Neutrality Rules

Under the broadband heading--Biden has already committed to a $20 billion investment in rural broadband--the proposals included that "Democrats will restore the FCC's clear authority to take strong enforcement action against broadband providers who violate net neutrality principles through blocking, throttling, paid prioritization, or other measures that create artificial scarcity and raise consumer prices for this vital service.".

Disclosure of income doesn’t invade privacy of schools: Chandigarh admn to HC

Disclosure of income doesn’t invade privacy of schools: Chandigarh admn to HC

Moreover, the law was enacted following high court’s direction to regulate fee and save parents from whimsical decisions of private schools in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, the administration told the court.

Vancouver woman sues city and police chief over surveillance trailers

Vancouver woman sues city and police chief over surveillance trailers

VANCOUVER -- A Vancouver woman is taking the City of Vancouver and its chief of police to court over what she calls an invasion of privacy because of trailers with surveillance cameras set up in her neighbourhood.

DEA Can Secretly Surveil George Floyd Protesters

DEA Can Secretly Surveil George Floyd Protesters

The Drug Enforcement Administration has been granted sweeping new authority to “conduct covert surveillance” and collect intelligence on people participating in protests over the police killing of George Floyd, according to a two-page memorandum obtained by BuzzFeed News.

A dystopian look ahead at a lost decade of oligarchy, xenophobia, and soul-crushing surveillance

A dystopian look ahead at a lost decade of oligarchy, xenophobia, and soul-crushing surveillance

Left-wing fantasies By June 2020, as lockdowns began to ease, left-wing optimism remained that the pandemic would revive state power on behalf of the powerless, leading friends to fantasize about a renaissance of the commons and a capacious definition of public goods.

Why should the UK pensions watchdog be able to spy on your internet activities? Same reason as the Environment Agency and many more

Why should the UK pensions watchdog be able to spy on your internet activities? Same reason as the Environment Agency and many more

In a memorandum [PDF] first spotted by The Guardian, the British government is asking that five more public authorities be added to the list of bodies that can access data scooped up under the nation's mass-surveillance laws: the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, the Environment Agency, the Insolvency Service, the UK National Authority for Counter Eavesdropping (UKNACE), and the Pensions Regulator.

It's time for Congress to sunset NSA's call data program

It's time for Congress to sunset NSA's call data program

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, of which I am a member, recently issued a comprehensive public report on the government's use of the now-defunct call detail records (CDR) program under the USA FREEDOM Act. The report includes never before released facts about the program and its compliance and data integrity challenges that ultimately led the National Security Agency (NSA), wisely, to suspend the program in early 2019.

Judge allows Melbourne dentist to try new tactic to more quickly unmask negative online reviewer

Judge allows Melbourne dentist to try new tactic to more quickly unmask negative online reviewer

A Melbourne dentist who claims he was defamed in an anonymous online review has convinced a Federal Court judge to order technology giant Google to unmask the disgruntled customer so he can launch "groundbreaking" legal action.

Worker fired for declining a face scan awarded $23,200

Worker fired for declining a face scan awarded $23,200

Fensom worked for construction company KME Services for eight months as a lead electrician during the construction of Christchurch's new hospital before he was fired on October 30, 2018, the Employment Relations Authority said in its determination.

France fines Google 150 million euros for opaque advertising rules

France fines Google 150 million euros for opaque advertising rules

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s competition watchdog fined Google (GOOGL.O) 150 million euros ($167 million) on Friday for abusing its power over the treatment of advertisers, saying it applied opaque rules and changed them at will.

Pager systems used in healthcare could be exposing patient data across Canada

Pager systems used in healthcare could be exposing patient data across Canada

VCH declined an interview and provided an email statement that said, in part, their health authority “has clear privacy protocols to protect patient information and we take breaches of privacy extremely seriously.” They also said they recently made changes to their systems to limit patient information sent through paging broadcasts and are working with B.C.’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner as they “move to alternate technologies.”.

Over 750,000 applications for US birth certificate copies exposed online

Over 750,000 applications for US birth certificate copies exposed online

An online company that allows users to obtain a copy of their birth and death certificates from U.S. state governments has exposed a massive cache of applications — including their personal information.

California Woman Sues TSA For Detaining Her, Forcing Her to Submit to “Groin Search”

California Woman Sues TSA For Detaining Her, Forcing Her to Submit to “Groin Search”

I knew that TSA screeners were unable to force a traveler to comply, and that their only lawful option is to allow the traveler to leave the checkpoint into the non-secure area, so I continued my refusal until they let me go.

CNIL bans high schools' facial-recognition programs

CNIL bans high schools' facial-recognition programs

The French data protection authority, the CNIL, announced it has ordered high schools in Nice and Marseille to end their facial-recognition programs.Prior to serving as attorney general, Carr spent six years working as ..

Court says FCC’s ‘unhinged’ net neutrality repeal can’t stop state laws

Court says FCC’s ‘unhinged’ net neutrality repeal can’t stop state laws

The FCC’s repeal of net neutrality rules has been significantly weakened by a federal appeals court, which ruled that the Commission could not preempt state laws like those pending in California.

NSA vs. civil liberties groups on phone surveillance

NSA vs. civil liberties groups on phone surveillance

U.S. intelligence officials have asked Congress to permanently extend a controversial program that has allowed the National Security Agency to collect millions of telephone records.Since the call records program was voluntarily suspended, there’s no legal impediment to the NSA resuming collection before Section 215 of the Patriot Act expires in December.

Don't Renew Section 215 Indefinitely

Don't Renew Section 215 Indefinitely

That’s despite earlier reports the NSA had shuttered its Call Details Record (CDR) Program because it ran afoul of the law, violated the privacy of scores of Americans, and reportedly failed to produce useful intelligence.

Alarm as Trump Requests Permanent Reauthorization of NSA Mass Spying Program Exposed by Snowden

Alarm as Trump Requests Permanent Reauthorization of NSA Mass Spying Program Exposed by Snowden

The administration claimed in its letter to Congress—which was signed by outgoing National Intelligence chief Dan Coats—that the NSA has suspended the spying program, but Free Press Action government relations director Sandra Fulton said in a statement that this "should give little comfort to those whose privacy rights are routinely violated by authorities.".

German regulator bans Google from listening to Google Home recordings for three months across Europe

German regulator bans Google from listening to Google Home recordings for three months across Europe

News Hub. German regulator bans Google from listening to Google Home recordings for three months across Europe. Hamburg’s Data Protection Authority has banned Google from listening to conversations recorded on Google Home devices for three months across Europe.