The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age

The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age

Today, we are at a jurisprudential inflection point as courts grapple with when and how the Fourth Amendment should apply to the data generated by technologies like cell phones, smart cars, and wearable devices.In Carpenter, the Court considered how the Fourth Amendment applies to location data generated when cell phones connect to nearby cell towers.

Google to restrict Android apps from viewing other apps installed on the same device

Google to restrict Android apps from viewing other apps installed on the same device

After that date, Android app developers won’t be able to upload new apps on the Play Store that target Android 11 (API level 30) or later and which use the “ QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES ” function.

Supreme Court rules Facebook's automated text system doesn't count as robocalling, handing major win to people who want to spam your phone

Supreme Court rules Facebook's automated text system doesn't count as robocalling, handing major win to people who want to spam your phone

The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Facebook on Thursday in a case about what counts as an "automatic telephone dialing system" under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991.The Supreme Court said in the ruling that Facebook's text alerts about suspicious login attempts do not qualify as robocalls deemed illegal under that act.

China cracks down on use of Tesla vehicles, citing privacy concerns

China cracks down on use of Tesla vehicles, citing privacy concerns

China is prohibiting its military and government personnel from using Tesla vehicles, citing a potential security risk posed by the electric automaker’s data collection, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Algorithmic bias: how automated decision making has become an assault on privacy – and what to do about it

Algorithmic bias: how automated decision making has become an assault on privacy – and what to do about it

Even worse is a growing tendency for such automated decision-making systems to draw on highly personal data as a matter of routine.First, it is vital for people to know what classes of personal data are being used for decision making.

Federal Court Agrees: Prosecutors Can’t Keep Forensic Evidence Secret from Defendants

Federal Court Agrees: Prosecutors Can’t Keep Forensic Evidence Secret from Defendants

EFF teamed up with the ACLU of Pennsylvania to file an amicus brief arguing in favor of defendants’ rights to challenge complex DNA analysis software that implicates them in crimes.The court correctly determined that this secrecy interest could not outweigh a defendant’s rights and ordered the code disclosed to the defense team.

South Africa’s highest court bans bulk internet surveillance

South Africa’s highest court bans bulk internet surveillance

Highest Court in South Africa reaffirms previous decision against bulk surveillance.This court decision from the highest court in South Africa came about as a result of the Minister of State Security appealing a previous decision from 2019 by a lower court that had already declared bulk surveillance unlawful .

Mexico to require appeals on social media account blocking

Mexico to require appeals on social media account blocking

In January, López Obrador vowed to lead an international effort to combat what he considers censorship by social media companies that have blocked or suspended the accounts of former U.S. President Donald Trump.

Facebook’s Misleading Campaign Against Apple’s Privacy Policy

Facebook’s Misleading Campaign Against Apple’s Privacy Policy

According to Facebook, Apple’s decision is especially damaging during this pandemic, because, as Facebook’s ads and website state, “Forty-four percent of small to medium businesses started or increased their usage of personalized ads on social media during the pandemic, according to a new Deloitte study.”.

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.

Google announces plan to tackle privacy issues in online advertising

Google announces plan to tackle privacy issues in online advertising

Google has announced a plan to tackle privacy issues in online advertising, as the company attempts to chart a middle ground between Apple’s privacy-first approach and the needs of advertisers – including itself.

US President Donald Trump Is Permanently Banned From Twitter For The Incitement Of Violence

US President Donald Trump Is Permanently Banned From Twitter For The Incitement Of Violence

Social media platform Twitter permanently banned the account of President Donald Trump on Friday following the unfortunate events that took place at the US Capitol on Wednesday.“As Twitter notes, letting Trump continue to post tweets, Facebook posts and YouTube videos for his white nationalist supporters risks ‘further incitement of violence,'” Naing said.

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.

In Spain a "register" for those who refuse the vaccine: "It will be shared with EU countries"

In Spain a "register" for those who refuse the vaccine: "It will be shared with EU countries"

The vaccine will not be mandatory, said Health Minister Salvador Illa, but whoever decides not to do so will be included in a "register" which will then be shared with other European Union countries.

Mozilla Urges Users to Support Apple's Planned Anti-Tracking Changes: 'A Huge Win for Consumers'

Mozilla Urges Users to Support Apple's Planned Anti-Tracking Changes: 'A Huge Win for Consumers'

This pressure from some advertisers has led Firefox maker Mozilla to launch a new page in which it urges people to show their support for Apple's decision, so that it does not further delay.

French watchdog fines Google, Amazon for breaching cookies rules

French watchdog fines Google, Amazon for breaching cookies rules

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s data privacy watchdog has handed out its biggest ever fine of 100 million euros ($121 million) to Alphabet’s Google for breaching the country’s rules on online advertising trackers (cookies).

Big Tech’s latest moves raise health privacy fears

Big Tech’s latest moves raise health privacy fears

Concerns have also been raised about the privacy terms of the third-party apps that tech groups integrate into their home personal assistant devices and mobile phone interfaces, often to gather health-related data.

Google illegally spied on workers before firing them, US labor board alleges

Google illegally spied on workers before firing them, US labor board alleges

Google violated US labor laws by spying on workers who were organizing employee protests, then firing two of them, according to a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today.

Appeals court rules Baltimore “spy plane” does not violate privacy rights

Appeals court rules Baltimore “spy plane” does not violate privacy rights

Concluding that Baltimore’s Aerial Investigative Research (AIR) Program does not violate a reasonable expectation of privacy in a world where security cameras are everywhere, a federal appeals court today upheld a lower court decision, refusing to temporarily block the police department’s so-called “spy plane.”.

Mark Zuckerberg claimed Apple's planned privacy protections could hurt small businesses and economic recovery 'in 2021 and beyond'

Mark Zuckerberg claimed Apple's planned privacy protections could hurt small businesses and economic recovery 'in 2021 and beyond'

"Actions planned by platform companies like Apple could have a meaningful negative effect on small businesses and economic recovery in 2021 and beyond," Zuckerberg told investors Thursday during Facebook's Q3 earnings call.

Facial recognition to be used in 150 booths for GHMC elections, AIMIM opposes move

Facial recognition to be used in 150 booths for GHMC elections, AIMIM opposes move

The AIMIM, which has called the use of facial recognition an infringement of the right to privacy, expressed shock at the decision taken by the SEC without convening an all-party meeting.

Dominic Cummings' data law shake-up a danger to trade, says EU

Dominic Cummings' data law shake-up a danger to trade, says EU

“While the UK applies EU data protection rules during the transition period, certain aspects of its system may change in the future or be implemented in a manner that differs from the approach of the EU such as rules on international transfers,” an EU official said.

Facebook Says it Will Stop Operating in Europe If Regulators Don’t Back Down

Facebook Says it Will Stop Operating in Europe If Regulators Don’t Back Down

In a court filing in Dublin, Facebook said that a decision by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) would force the company to pull up stakes and leave the 410 million people who use Facebook and photo-sharing service Instagram in the lurch.

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.

Update on Firefox Send and Firefox Notes

Update on Firefox Send and Firefox Notes

As Mozilla tightens and refines its product focus in 2020, today we are announcing the end of life for two legacy services that grew out of the Firefox Test Pilot program: Firefox Send and Firefox Notes.

31% of Americans agree with Trump to ban TikTok in the United States

31% of Americans agree with Trump to ban TikTok in the United States

A few weeks ago, President Trump issued an executive order giving ByteDance 90 days to either ban TikTok’s operations in the U.S. market or sell them to an American company in order to continue its activity.

Should Donald Trump pardon Edward Snowden?

Should Donald Trump pardon Edward Snowden?

Seven years later, Trump is President and now believes there is an argument that Snowden acted in the interest of all humankind.It is widely believed that a pardon of Snowden would encourage future whistle-blowers to publicize possible corruption or violations in the US intelligence community and other government agencies.

Is police use of face recognition now illegal in the UK?

Is police use of face recognition now illegal in the UK?

The Court of Appeal said that three of the five arguments put forward by Bridges and Liberty in their case were valid, including the lack of guidance and rules as to when the force could use AFR and who would be on the database of images in the watch list.

US Court Orders Defendant to Unlock Phones

US Court Orders Defendant to Unlock Phones

The Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled on Monday that defendant Robert Andrews must comply with a search warrant by turning over the passcodes for his two phones.

NJ Supreme Court: Defendants must divulge cellphone passcodes

NJ Supreme Court: Defendants must divulge cellphone passcodes

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Monday that a criminal defendant can be compelled to reveal his cellphone passcode to investigators, rejecting the argument that such a move violates the right against self-incrimination guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.