Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: November 20, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: November 20, 2020

In a new blogpost on Microsoft’s blog, Alex Weinert – Director of Identity Security – has urged users to stop using SMS and call based multi-factor authentication.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

Canada’s GDPR Moment: Why the Consumer Privacy Protection Act is Canada’s Biggest Privacy Overhaul in Decades

Canada’s GDPR Moment: Why the Consumer Privacy Protection Act is Canada’s Biggest Privacy Overhaul in Decades

This post covers six of the biggest issues in the bill: the new privacy law structure, stronger enforcement, new privacy rights on data portability, de-identification, and algorithmic transparency, standards of consent, bringing back PIPEDA privacy requirements, and codes of practice.

Proposed FTC settlement is a disservice to Zoom customers, says Commissioner

Proposed FTC settlement is a disservice to Zoom customers, says Commissioner

Zoom and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have come to a tentative settlement agreement regarding the video conferencing company’s false advertising of end-to-end encryption along with other issues.

Alphabet CEO: Plan to target EU commissioner was not “sanctioned” by me

Alphabet CEO: Plan to target EU commissioner was not “sanctioned” by me

In a virtual meeting on Thursday, Sundar Pichai told Mr. Breton, the internal market commissioner, that Google was a very large company and that the document “was never shown to me.” He added that he had not “sanctioned” the plan, according to two people familiar with the conversation.

The next big privacy battles: cross-border data flows and data localization

The next big privacy battles: cross-border data flows and data localization

The EDPS strongly encourages [European Union Institutions] to ensure that any new processing operations or new contracts with any service providers does not involve transfers of personal data to the United States.

UK lawyers uneasy about plan to prosecute hate speech at home

UK lawyers uneasy about plan to prosecute hate speech at home

Proposals to prosecute individuals for hate crimes based on what they discuss in their own homes need to be more widely debated, free speech organisations have said.

EU politicians want Europe’s next big digital law to tackle micro-targeted advertising, by regulating or even banning it

EU politicians want Europe’s next big digital law to tackle micro-targeted advertising, by regulating or even banning it

As part of the preparatory work for drafting the DSA, three of the European Parliament’s specialist committees have drawn up recommendations for what should be included: those for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, Legal Affairs, and Civil Liberties.

Stop the EARN IT Bill Before It Breaks Encryption

Stop the EARN IT Bill Before It Breaks Encryption

The bill uses crimes against children as an excuse to subject Internet platforms to new laws that can be created by all 50 states.Those state laws may well follow the set of "best practices" that will be drafted by a federal commission dominated by Attorney General Barr and law enforcement agencies.

The EU is investigating Instagram for allegedly exposing the contact data of up to 5 million underage users

The EU is investigating Instagram for allegedly exposing the contact data of up to 5 million underage users

It follows a complaint from a US data scientist, who last year said that Instagram allowed underage users to publicly display their phone numbers and email addresses by switching to "business" accounts.

Former FTC commissioners call for robust federal privacy law under FTC authority: Senate hearing

Former FTC commissioners call for robust federal privacy law under FTC authority: Senate hearing

Former FTC Commissioners Julie Brill (2010-2016), William Kovacic (2006-2011), Maureen Ohlhausen (2012-2018), and Jon Leibowitz (2009-2013) testified on the urgent need for a federal data privacy law, what it should look like, and which agency should be the governing body.

The EU is set to declare war on encryption

The EU is set to declare war on encryption

The EU is set to declare war on encryption with plans to allow law enforcement officials “targeted lawful access” to protected communications, according to a European Commission internal note seen by the Financial Times.

When the GDPR goes wrong…

When the GDPR goes wrong…

The merit behind the Bradford Trigger has nothing to do with personal data; each variable of the formula is a piece of information, which a company shall record, inter alia as required under the labour laws.

How the EARN IT Bill Undermines American’s Rights Online

How the EARN IT Bill Undermines American’s Rights Online

The bill, known as Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (or EARN IT for short), undermines American people and companies online rights by letting the Attorney General dictate how online services operate.

Facebook pauses selling Oculus Quest VR headsets in Germany due to privacy issues

Facebook pauses selling Oculus Quest VR headsets in Germany due to privacy issues

Facebook ‘temporarily pauses’ selling Oculus Quest VR headsets in Germany after German privacy watchdog HCDPFI raised privacy concerns.As soon as Facebook’s new policy was announced, the German regulator slammed the social media networking giant for making virtual reality headset buyers sign up for a Facebook account through a backdoor.

Digital Services Act: what we learned about tackling the power of digital platforms

Digital Services Act: what we learned about tackling the power of digital platforms

From February 2019, EDRi met with academics, civil society organisations and representatives of the European Commission and the Parliament to better understand what type of reform was envisaged for the e-Commerce Directive.

Sen. Ron Wyden is introducing a privacy bill that would ban government agencies from buying personal information from data brokers

Sen. Ron Wyden is introducing a privacy bill that would ban government agencies from buying personal information from data brokers

Sen. Ron Wyden said he will introduce a new privacy bill that would ban government agencies from buying people's personal information from data brokers to skirt standard court orders.

Facebook takes the EU to court over privacy spat

Facebook takes the EU to court over privacy spat

To gather information, the European Commission has demanded internal documents from Facebook that include 2,500 specific key phrases.Facebook says that means handing over unrelated but highly sensitive data.The European Commission says it will defend the case in court, and its investigation into Facebook's potential anticompetitive conduct is ongoing.

Google Misled Users Over Data Privacy, Says Australian Regulator

Google Misled Users Over Data Privacy, Says Australian Regulator

In Australian Federal Court, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) accused Google of not explicitly getting consent or properly informing consumers of a 2016 move to combine personal information in Google accounts with browsing activities on non-Google websites.

Intentional privacy breach?: Govt considers releasing patients’ personal data

Intentional privacy breach?: Govt considers releasing patients’ personal data

Task force chief and National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Doni Monardo said such data would only be made available to people living in the patients’ neighborhoods.The task force was also looking for other solutions to help protect people from the disease, Doni said.

EU Court Again Rules That NSA Spying Makes U.S. Companies Inadequate for Privacy

EU Court Again Rules That NSA Spying Makes U.S. Companies Inadequate for Privacy

The Court cited government programs like PRISM and Upstream as its primary reason for ending data flows between Europe and the United States, not the (admittedly woeful) privacy practices of the companies themselves.

Google vows not to use Fitbit data to target ads

Google vows not to use Fitbit data to target ads

(Reuters) — Alphabet’s Google has offered not to use health data of fitness tracker company Fitbit to help it target ads in an attempt to address EU antitrust concerns about its proposed $2.1 billion acquisition, the U.S. tech company said late on Monday.

The New EARN IT Bill Still Threatens Encryption and Free Speech

The New EARN IT Bill Still Threatens Encryption and Free Speech

State lawmakers will be able to create new laws allowing private lawsuits and criminal prosecutions against Internet platforms, as long as they say their purpose is to stop crimes against children.

Privacy Commissioner to investigate Tim Hortons app after privacy concerns

Privacy Commissioner to investigate Tim Hortons app after privacy concerns

“Since Tim Hortons launched our mobile app, our guests always had the choice of whether they share location data with us, including ‘always’ sharing location data - an option offered by many companies on their own apps.

Privacy watchdogs taking a look at Tim Hortons app's location tracking technology

Privacy watchdogs taking a look at Tim Hortons app's location tracking technology

A spokesperson for the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of B.C. said in an email, “Our office is aware of the persistent location tracking in the Tim Hortons app as reported by media, and will be looking into the issue in more detail.

Letter to US Senate Judiciary Committee: Reject the EARN IT Act, S. 3398

Letter to US Senate Judiciary Committee: Reject the EARN IT Act, S. 3398

Human Rights Watch strongly supports action by the United States government to fulfill its international treaty obligations to protect children from sexual exploitation and eradicate the spread of child sexual abuse material (CSAM).

Germany's data chief tells ministries WhatsApp is a no-go

Germany's data chief tells ministries WhatsApp is a no-go

"Just by sending messages, metadata is delivered to WhatsApp every time," said Kelber, adding that it could be assumed that these data snippets were then forwarded directly to Facebook, WhatsApp's parent concern.

Police trialled facial recognition tech without clearance

Police trialled facial recognition tech without clearance

New Zealand Police first contacted the firm in January, and later set up a trial of the software, according to documents RNZ obtained under the Official Information Act. However, the high tech crime unit handling the technology appears to have not sought the necessary clearance before using it.

Contact tracing apps must respect privacy or be removed: EU

Contact tracing apps must respect privacy or be removed: EU

The European Union has called on Apple to remove from the App Store contact tracing apps that don’t have appropriate privacy safeguards.

Baltimore board OKs surveillance planes amid opposition

Baltimore board OKs surveillance planes amid opposition

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore officials determined to reduce violent crime have approved an eyes-in-the-sky program that uses surveillance planes to create a visual record of everything that can be seen in the streets below.

The EARN IT Bill Is the Government’s Plan to Scan Every Message Online

The EARN IT Bill Is the Government’s Plan to Scan Every Message Online

The “best practices” list will be created by a government commission, headed by Attorney General Barr, who has made it very clear he would like to ban encryption, and guarantee law enforcement “legal access” to any digital message.