Federal lawmakers have introduced HR 4978, the Online Privacy Act (OPA), which is intended to bring the U.S. in line with the rest of the Internet-connected world. It would also establish the Federal Digital Privacy Agency (DPA).
Nevada’s new online data privacy law, SB 220, is effective now. SB 220, or “An Act Relating to Internet Privacy”, is really nothing more than an opt-out law, allowing Nevada residents to opt-out of the sale of their personal data by the operators of websites which collect that personally identifiable information (PII).
Below is the full, searchable text of the subpoena served on the Pentagon by the House Intelligence, Oversight and Reform, and Foreign Affairs Committees on October 7, 2019, in the matter of the House impeachment inquiry. Note that the subpena to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is essentially the same.
People have been looking to learn about what exactly is Google LERS, and what and where is the Google LERS portal. People also are looking for how to get their law enforcement agency on the Google LERS list of agencies. Here are the answers.
Below is the full, searchable transcript of the whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump, Attorney General William Barr, and Attorney Rudy Giuliani.
The Internet tracking lawsuit against Facebook for tracking users after those users have logged out of Facebook is awaiting a decision from the 9th Circuit as to whether it can move forward. The hearing in the matter of Perrin Davis v. Facebook, 17-17486 before the 3-judge panel was in April of 2019 (full transcript of that hearing included).
An international court has held that the operators of websites that display a Facebook ‘Like’ button can be data controllers under GDPR, because they are passing data on to Facebook.
Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has filed a lawsuit against Google, citing election interference because Google has suspended her Google ads (Adwords) account. Tulsi also accuses Google of putting her email into the Google and Gmail spam folders at a higher rate than other candidates. Explanation and full text of the lawsuit here.
The nations of the Amazon rainforest have all but lost the battle over the dot Amazon domain (.Amazon), with the governing body, ICANN, saying that Amazon.com’s application for the .Amazon TLD can proceed. The Amazon basin nations, represented by the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) include Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela, Guyana and Suriname.
A newly proposed Federal law, if enacted, will extract large fines from Credit Reporting Agencies that experience data breaches, and will also establish an Office of Cybersecurity at the Federal Trace Commission.
Legislation introduced in Washington would make the practice of using so-called ‘dark patterns’ illegal. The bipartisan (!) bill is called the DETOUR Act, and stands for the Deceptive Experiences To Online Users Reduction (DETOUR) Act. Dark patterns are web interface designs created to manipulate users into taking actions and providing data that they otherwise wouldn’t. Dark patterns are based on behavioral psychology.
There is a groundswell of GDPR-like privacy legislation being introduced in several states, with laws to protect the privacy of online personal information and data being introduced in Washington, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island and Hawaii.
Google is providing law enforcement agencies with lists of devices it has identified as being in the area of a crime scene at the time of the crime. With the data from Google’s massive device location database called Sensorvault, law enforcement then creates lists of possible suspects and witnesses.
With little national fanfare, Vermont’s new data brokering law – requiring businesses which buy and sell your personal data to register and disclose to the state of Vermont that they are a data broker – went into effect a few weeks ago.