In land of big data, China sets individual privacy rights

In land of big data, China sets individual privacy rights

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is poised to enshrine individuals’ rights to privacy and personal data for the first time, a symbolic first step as more of the country of 1.4 billion people becomes digitised - and more vulnerable to leaks and hacks.

China moves to take full control over Hong Kong with a proposed national security law in China’s National People’s Congress

China moves to take full control over Hong Kong with a proposed national security law in China’s National People’s Congress

The National People’s Congress (NPC) in China is starting its bimonthly meetings and at the top of the agenda is a new national security law for Hong Kong.

Australian State to Share Driver License Data with Biometrics Database

Australian State to Share Driver License Data with Biometrics Database

As ITNews reports, WA transport minister Rita Saffioti introduced Transport Legislation Amendment (Identity Matching Services) Bill 2020, which will allow photos, signatures, and other information to be shared with the NDLFRS database.

The age of data privacy: personalization's existential crisis?

The age of data privacy: personalization's existential crisis?

With all the potential for penalties, a question lingers: How much do the latest data privacy regulations limit customer journey data that powers personalized online experiences?This is another challenge for personalizing experiences online, as tools like cookies help companies optimize their marketing spend and deliver customers more relevant marketing messages.

Facebook would have to pay $3.50 per month to U.S. users for sharing contact info: study

Facebook would have to pay $3.50 per month to U.S. users for sharing contact info: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - German Facebook users would want the social media platform to pay them about $8 per month for sharing their contact information, while U.S. users would only seek $3.50, according to a study of how people in various countries value their private information.

Google is profiting from crime and scam victims may have a claim, lawyers say

Google is profiting from crime and scam victims may have a claim, lawyers say

Victims who have lost out to scammers promoted high up in Google search results may have a legal claim against the $1trillion internet giant, lawyers have said.“One difficulty is that internet companies often claim that they are not publishers, legally speaking.

EU’s new digital strategy targets data-hoarding tech firms

EU’s new digital strategy targets data-hoarding tech firms

The proposed plan, as released by the European Commission this week, names no names but still makes quite clear that the biggest US tech titans—especially Facebook and Google—would be squarely in the sights of any new legislation.

Why the UK is banning default passwords in IoT devices

Why the UK is banning default passwords in IoT devices

So today I’ve announced we are developing new legislation to hold firms manufacturing and stocking internet-connected devices to account to stop hackers threatening people’s privacy and safety.

Clearview’s Face Surveillance Shows Why We Need a Strong Federal Consumer Privacy Law

Clearview’s Face Surveillance Shows Why We Need a Strong Federal Consumer Privacy Law

Since the New York Times Clearview story was published, there has been some discussion online about using the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)—a notoriously vague pre-Internet law intended to punish those who break into private computer systems—to go after scraping of publicly available websites.

Cashless businesses are now banned in NYC

Cashless businesses are now banned in NYC

New York City’s restaurants and other retail establishments will no longer be allowed to reject cash payments under legislation passed by the City Council on Thursday.The legislation, which was approved 43-3, also prohibits businesses from charging cash-paying customers a higher price than those using credit.

Trump signs Traced Act into law in bid to help put an end to robocalls

Trump signs Traced Act into law in bid to help put an end to robocalls

In addition to raising penalties and pushing for authentication, the bill also gives regulators like the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission four years to go after scammers, as opposed to the one-year statute of limitations that was previously in place.

Germany plans law to tackle “right-wing extremism”, force Facebook, Gmail and more to hand over passwords

Germany plans law to tackle “right-wing extremism”, force Facebook, Gmail and more to hand over passwords

However, the proposed new bill doesn't make it clear how platforms would be able to turn over securely encrypted passwords to the authorities, as the text doesn't go into the specifics, although it does mention that “all” data sources available internally must be included when complying with an order.

Putin signs law making Russian apps mandatory on smartphones, computers

Putin signs law making Russian apps mandatory on smartphones, computers

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed legislation requiring all smartphones, computers and smart TV sets sold in the country to come pre-installed with Russian software.

Russia Bans Sale of Gadgets Without Russian-Made Software

Russia Bans Sale of Gadgets Without Russian-Made Software

Russia might make this law effective in the country by July 2020.To explain the motive of drafting and applying such law in Russia, the lawmakers and members of legislation have explained that the idea is to promote the widespread use of Russian software and endorse the technology.

Eshoo & Lofgren Introduce the Online Privacy Act

Eshoo & Lofgren Introduce the Online Privacy Act

Eshoo (CA-18) and Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) introduced the Online Privacy Act of 2019, H.R. 4978, sweeping legislation that creates user rights, places obligations on companies to protect users’ data, establishes a new federal agency to enforce privacy protections, and strengthens enforcement of privacy law violations.

Should Tech CEOs Go to Jail Over Data Misuse? Some Senators Say Yes

Should Tech CEOs Go to Jail Over Data Misuse? Some Senators Say Yes

As Mark Zuckerberg testified about all things Facebook on the House side of the Capitol last week, over on the Senate side some lawmakers were debating whether CEOs like Zuckerberg should face jail time if their companies misuse people’s personal data.“You know, my sense is that Mark Zuckerberg is not going to take American’s privacy seriously unless he and others in these positions face personal consequences,” senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) told WIRED in his Capitol Hill office.

Legislator calls for strict regulation of Chinese media

Legislator calls for strict regulation of Chinese media

Independent Legislator Freddy Lim (林昶佐) yesterday urged Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) to ensure that the Ministry of Culture introduces rules to regulate Chinese media outlets interviewing Taiwanese, and that relevant agencies enforce rules to safeguard personal information accessed by apps developed by foreign companies.

Hong Kong protests: Authorities to announce face mask ban

Hong Kong protests: Authorities to announce face mask ban

The laws would grant Hong Kong's leader, Carrie Lam, the authority to "make any regulations whatsoever which he [or she] may consider desirable in the public interest" in case of "emergency or public danger".Last used in 1967 to help stop violent riots in the territory's trading hub, the laws could also give the government greater authority to make arrests, censor publications and search premises.

Thread by @Steven - Swinford: "EXCLUSIVE: WhatsApp and other social media platforms will be forced to disclose encrypted messages from suspected terrorists, paedophiles an […]"

Thread by @Steven - Swinford: "EXCLUSIVE: WhatsApp and other social media platforms will be forced to disclose encrypted messages from suspected terrorists, paedophiles an […]"

Philip Hammond confirms he will rebel today and back legislation to stop a no deal Brexit.Philip Hammond says he intends to stand as a Conservative candidate and suggests that No 10 can’t stop him.

California Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin Sides with Amazon over Californians

California Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin Sides with Amazon over Californians

California lawmaker should recuse herself from negotiations on state privacy legislation –– close ties to Amazon Ring creates a conflict of interest.

The Invisible Shackles of America’s Social Credit System.

The Invisible Shackles of America’s Social Credit System.

The Chinese government intends to use social media data, surveillance, and purchasing trends to develop a “score” for its citizens to gauge their “buy-in” to the state.A law at the state and federal level guaranteeing social platform access as a citizen’s civil rights would be one example of such legislation.

More N.S.A. Call Data Problems Surface as Law’s Expiration Approaches

More N.S.A. Call Data Problems Surface as Law’s Expiration Approaches

Another newly disclosed inspector general report, written in 2016 and also obtained by the A.C.L.U., showed that even though intelligence officials frequently asserted during the post-Snowden debate that the program was vital, the National Security Agency never developed metrics to measure the value of the information it had gathered under the Section 215-era program.

Russian lawmakers want to restrict email access by telephone verification, and force providers to block banned information

Russian lawmakers want to restrict email access by telephone verification, and force providers to block banned information

Led by senators Andrey Klishas and Alexander Bashkin, the lawmakers have also proposed requiring email services to block messages containing information banned in Russia within 24 hours of being notified by the state authorities.“The adoption of this legislation will significantly reduce the number of false terrorist messages distributed through email services, create the legal conditions for bringing criminals to justice, and reduce the economic damage from such communications,” claims the draft law’s explanatory note.

Opinion | Intel Executive: Rein In Data Brokers

Opinion | Intel Executive: Rein In Data Brokers

It is easier than ever for sensitive information to spread, and we urgently need legislation that allows the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general to protect Americans from having their personal data collected and sold without their consent.

A Feisty Google Adversary Tests How Much People Care About Privacy

A Feisty Google Adversary Tests How Much People Care About Privacy

Started over a decade ago, DuckDuckGo offers a privacy-focused alternative to Google’s search engine. It has also made a profit in each of the last five years, Mr. Weinberg said.

Australia's anti-encryption laws being used to bypass journalist protections, expert says

Australia's anti-encryption laws being used to bypass journalist protections, expert says

“In June 2019, the Australian federal police executed two search warrants in relation to secrecy offences in part 6 (offences by and against public officers) and part 7 (official secrets and unlawful soundings) of the Crimes Act,” the Department of Home Affairs stated.

Encryption laws are creating an exodus of data from Australia: Vault

Encryption laws are creating an exodus of data from Australia: Vault

The coalition called for an "enforceable federal human rights framework" to prevent Australia being the weakest link in the Five Eyes network, as well as for protection for whistleblowers in relation to the encryption laws, and the use of warrants and judicial content for notices issued.

The Sinister, Unconstitutional Effort to Ban Secure Encryption Is Back

The Sinister, Unconstitutional Effort to Ban Secure Encryption Is Back

In 1997, after lobbying by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, one House of Representatives committee actually voted for mandatory backdoors.

Banning end-to-end encryption being considered by Trump team- 9to5Mac

Banning end-to-end encryption being considered by Trump team- 9to5Mac

Senior Trump administration officials met on Wednesday to discuss whether to seek legislation prohibiting tech companies from using forms of encryption that law enforcement can’t break — a provocative step that would reopen a long-running feud between federal authorities and Silicon Valley.

Facebook and Google could be forced to tell you how much your data is worth under new US legislation

Facebook and Google could be forced to tell you how much your data is worth under new US legislation

That's the question US senators Mark Warner and Josh Hawley want answered by introducing a bill on Monday that, if successful, would require big tech companies to disclose to individual users the value of their information.