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In particular, the proposal creates a temporary and strictly limited derogation from the applicability of Articles 5 (1) and 6 of the ePrivacy Directive, with the sole aim of enabling providers of number-independent interpersonal communications services to continue using specific technologies and continue their current activities to the extent necessary to detect and report child sexual abuse online and remove child sexual abuse material on their services, pending the adoption of the announced long-term legislation.

California bans ‘dark patterns’ that trick users into giving away their personal data

California bans ‘dark patterns’ that trick users into giving away their personal data

According to Becerra’s office: “Since CCPA enforcement began on July 1, 2020, the Department has seen widespread compliance by companies doing business in California, especially in response to notices to cure.” To help standardize access to these opt-out schemes, the state of California has even designed what it calls an “eye-catching” icon that companies can use to direct users to exercise their rights.

EU nations’ attempt to water down privacy protections could increase tension with US over personal data flows across the Atlantic

EU nations’ attempt to water down privacy protections could increase tension with US over personal data flows across the Atlantic

On 6 October 2020, the EU’s highest court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), issued its judgments for three related cases: the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that mass data retention and collection practices for national security purposes undertaken by member states, must comply with EU law, and therefore have to be subjected to its privacy safeguards.

Consumer data protection signed into law in Virginia

Consumer data protection signed into law in Virginia

The legislation also requires businesses have written contracts with third-party vendors that include rules for the processing of data, the purpose of processing, the duration of processing and the type of data to be processed.

Opinion | America, Your Privacy Settings Are All Wrong

Opinion | America, Your Privacy Settings Are All Wrong

Lawmakers in at least a dozen other states have proposed legislation addressing user privacy, almost entirely with rights provisions only to opt out of data collection.

Australia's antitrust chief claims victory after Facebook standoff

Australia's antitrust chief claims victory after Facebook standoff

CANBERRA (Reuters) - The architect of Australia’s laws forcing Google and Facebook to pay media companies for content claimed victory on Wednesday, though critics said last-minute changes to appease Facebook favoured Big Tech over smaller news outlets.

Police used geofence warrant to make Google to identify George Floyd protestors

Police used geofence warrant to make Google to identify George Floyd protestors

We’re only aware of the search warrant because an individual who had their information given to the police by Google, Said Abdullahi, received an email from Google letting him know that the information had been handed over.In this particular reverse location search warrant, Google handed over information on hundreds of individuals.

Constitutional court bans bulk Internet surveillance in South Africa

Constitutional court bans bulk Internet surveillance in South Africa

The minister of state security had appealed an earlier high court judgment on the legality of bulk communication surveillance The concourt held that section 2 of the National Strategic Intelligence Act of 1994 is ambiguous, and should be interpreted in a manner that best promotes the right to privacy, and does not contradict the prohibition of communication interceptions without interception directions contained in Rica, the legislation that governs the lawful interception of communications.

Government defeated over child spy law

Government defeated over child spy law

Peers have forced through an amendment to the spycops bill to curtail the use of child spies by the police and security services.

New York suspends facial recognition use in schools

New York suspends facial recognition use in schools

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoWashington governor to require 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving from UK, South Africa White House mulls requiring UK travelers to provide negative coronavirus test: report Overnight Health Care: Congress to pass deal with 0 stimulus checks | House panel subpoenas for Azar, Redfield CDC documents | Fauci, Azar to receive COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday MORE (D) signed legislation Tuesday pausing the use of facial recognition technology at K-12 schools in the state for two years.

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Suspending Use and Directing Study of Facial Recognition Technology in Schools

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Suspending Use and Directing Study of Facial Recognition Technology in Schools

"This legislation requires state education policymakers to take a step back, consult with experts and address privacy issues before determining whether any kind of biometric identifying technology can be brought into New York's schools.

‘No one's safe under these new laws’: Critics rip proposed Surveillance Bill

‘No one's safe under these new laws’: Critics rip proposed Surveillance Bill

Deakin University criminology lecturer and Australian Privacy Foundation vice-president Monique Mann said the government has previously used the rhetoric of national security and terrorism to rush through legislation that has subsequently been used to target journalists and whistleblowers.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: December 4, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: December 4, 2020

Goodbye, Ajit Pai. The Senate should reject Nathan Simington and let the FCC get back to work.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

Law Enforcement Purchasing Commercially-Available Geolocation Data is Unconstitutional

Law Enforcement Purchasing Commercially-Available Geolocation Data is Unconstitutional

But it violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution for the government to purchase commercially available location data it would otherwise have to get a warrant to acquire.

Senator Wyden to introduce legislation to stop the IRS from spying on Americans

Senator Wyden to introduce legislation to stop the IRS from spying on Americans

Motherboard has seen the contract between Venntel and the IRS that confirms how the IRS was spying on American citizens.Now, Senator Wyden has unveiled plans to introduce legislation that will stop the IRS from buying location data from third party companies like Venntel.

Trudeau government set to introduce privacy bill aimed at protecting Canadians

Trudeau government set to introduce privacy bill aimed at protecting Canadians

The Liberals have signalled their intention on the parliamentary notice paper to introduce a bill that would create the Consumer Privacy Protection Act and the Personal Information and Data Protection Tribunal Act. Story continues below advertisement.

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.

One Clear Message From Voters This Election? More Privacy

One Clear Message From Voters This Election? More Privacy

As the most important outcome of the 2020 election remains in flux, voters in California and Michigan approved new privacy laws Tuesday: California’s Prop 24, which extends provisions of a 2018 privacy law, and Michigan’s Prop 2, which consolidates piecemeal orders into a requirement for police to seek search warrants before seizing electronic data.

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.

After CovidSafe, QR codes spark privacy concerns

After CovidSafe, QR codes spark privacy concerns

Graham Greenleaf, professor of law and information systems at the University of New South Wales summed up the dilemma: “We've got a genuinely voluntary CovidSafe app with Australia's strongest privacy policy protections, but it's now largely ignored because it's been shown to be ineffective.

Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police

Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police

He gave a surprising reason.“I am involved with developing facial recognition to in fact use on Portland police officers, since they are not identifying themselves to the public,” Mr. Howell said.

EU laws may not require general and indiscriminate data retention

EU laws may not require general and indiscriminate data retention

On the plus side, the CJEU does say that information and evidence obtained as a result of indiscriminate retention of traffic and location data in breach of EU law should be disregarded in court cases.

The use of biometris is outpacing legislation

The use of biometris is outpacing legislation

We may not always be in control of our biometric data but it’s ours, so we should think about what we are exchanging it for, says Melissa Wingard, who is a senior commercial technology lawyer.

Losing the Right to Encryption Means Losing Business

Losing the Right to Encryption Means Losing Business

Every time a government passes a law that affects the Internet, tech companies must ask themselves a critical question: can they still properly provide their services while protecting user privacy under the new rules?

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.

Privacy Advocates Herald Bill to Curb Corporate Use of 'Enormously Invasive' Facial Recognition Technology

Privacy Advocates Herald Bill to Curb Corporate Use of 'Enormously Invasive' Facial Recognition Technology

Similar to Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act, which has been in place since 2008, the Merkley-Sanders legislation would bar corporations from using facial recognition without the knowledge and explicit affirmative consent of customers.

Over 12,000 mistakenly quarantined by phone tracking, Health Ministry admits

Over 12,000 mistakenly quarantined by phone tracking, Health Ministry admits

Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up. Tens of thousands of Israelis attempted to appeal after the phone tracking system identified them as needing to quarantine and about half the appeals were upheld, Ayelet Grinbaum, who was representing the Health Ministry at the hearing, told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Florida becomes first state to enact DNA privacy law, blocking insurers from genetic data

Florida becomes first state to enact DNA privacy law, blocking insurers from genetic data

Florida on Wednesday became the nation’s first state to enact a DNA privacy law, prohibiting life, disability and long-term care insurance companies from using genetic tests for coverage purposes.

Act now to protect encryption and make sure that there is no EARN IT Act passed

Act now to protect encryption and make sure that there is no EARN IT Act passed

This bill is a heinous attack on our free speech right to use encryption and will have drastic impacts on privacy if passed.By participating in the Day of Action, you’ll be making a political difference by exerting pressure on the Senate Judiciary Committee to kill the EARN IT Act in committee.

Republicans push bill requiring tech companies to help access encrypted data

Republicans push bill requiring tech companies to help access encrypted data

Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images A group of Senate Republicans is looking to force tech companies to comply with "lawful access" to encrypted information, potentially jeopardizing the technology's security features.The Justice Department has criticized tech companies like Apple and Facebook for embracing encryption, arguing the technology is protecting terrorists and child predators.