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UK watchdog sets out “age appropriate” design code for online services to keep kids’ privacy safe

UK watchdog sets out “age appropriate” design code for online services to keep kids’ privacy safe The UK’s data protection watchdog has today published a set of design standards for Internet services which are intended to help protect the privacy of children online. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has been working on […]

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Mass surveillance for national security does conflict with EU privacy rights, court advisor suggests

Mass surveillance for national security does conflict with EU privacy rights, court advisor suggests Mass surveillance regimes in the UK, Belgium and France which require bulk collection of digital data for a national security purpose may be at least partially in breach of fundamental privacy rights of European Union citizens, per the […]

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Cookie consent tools are being used to undermine EU privacy rules, study suggests

Cookie consent tools are being used to undermine EU privacy rules, study suggests Most cookie consent pop-ups served to internet users in the European Union — ostensibly seeking permission to track people’s web activity — are likely to be flouting regional privacy laws, a new study by researchers at MIT, UCL and […]

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Adtech told to keep calm and fix its ‘lawfulness’ problem

Adtech told to keep calm and fix its ‘lawfulness’ problem Six months after warning that the real-time bidding (RTB) component of programmatic online advertising is wildly out of control — i.e. in a breaking the law sense — the UK’s data protection watchdog has marked half a year’s regulatory inaction with a […]

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More legal uncertainty for Privacy Shield ahead of crux ruling by Europe’s top court

More legal uncertainty for Privacy Shield ahead of crux ruling by Europe’s top court Facebook tried to block the referral but today an influential advisor to Europe’s top court has issued a legal opinion that could have major implications for the future of the EU-US Privacy Shield personal data transfer mechanism. It’s […]

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Another US court says police cannot force suspects to turn over their passwords

Another US court says police cannot force suspects to turn over their passwords The highest court in Pennsylvania has ruled that the state’s law enforcement cannot force suspects to turn over their passwords that would unlock their devices. The state’s Supreme Court said compelling a password from a suspect is a violation […]

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A US federal court finds suspicionless searches of phones at the border is illegal

A US federal court finds suspicionless searches of phones at the border is illegal A federal court in Boston has ruled that the government is not allowed to search travelers’ phones or other electronic devices at the U.S. border without first having reasonable suspicion of a crime. That’s a significant victory for […]

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EU-US Privacy Shield passes third Commission ‘health check’ — but litigation looms

EU-US Privacy Shield passes third Commission ‘health check’ — but litigation looms The third annual review of the EU-US Privacy Shield data transfer mechanism has once again been nodded through by Europe’s executive. This despite the EU parliament calling last year for the mechanism to be suspended. The European Commission also issued […]

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UK quietly ditches porn age checks in favor of wider online harms rules

UK quietly ditches porn age checks in favor of wider online harms rules A controversial UK government scheme to introduce mandatary age checks for accessing online pornography has been dropped — for now. Introduction of the measure, which was intended to protect children from accessing inappropriate content online, had already been delayed […]

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California’s Privacy Act: What you need to know now

California’s Privacy Act: What you need to know now This week California’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, published draft guidance for enforcing the state’s landmark privacy legislation. The draft text of the regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will undergo a public consultation period, including a number of public hearings, with […]

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