Tag Archives: Privacy and Data Protection

Sense or censorship – the sequel. The Information Commissioner responds to the government’s online harms white paper

Avid readers of this blog (and we trust there are many of you!) will recall that the UK government recently published a white paper. The white paper sets out the UK government’s approach to regulating the internet to tackle online harms. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has just published the Information Commissioner’s (Commissioner) full response to … Continue Reading

60% of British adults and 80% of young teenagers suffered harm online in the last 12 months – the UK debate about the need to regulate the internet continues apace

Britain’s data protection and broadcasting regulators, the Information Commissioner’s Office and Ofcom, have published a joint Report looking into internet users’ concerns about online harms. The British government’s recently published White Paper, which outlined its approach for regulating the internet to tackle online harms, was informed by this Report. Methodology Over 3,000 interviews were conducted … Continue Reading

Regulating UK digital services – the British government shares its thoughts

The UK government recently published its response (Government Response) to a House of Lords committee report (Committee Report) discussing prospective regulation of digital services facilitated by the internet. The Government Response largely accepts the key recommendations of the Committee Report, and finds the Committee Report is closely aligned with the government’s preferred approach. The Government … Continue Reading

Sense or censorship? UK government publishes White Paper on tackling online harms

The UK Government has published a White Paper outlining its approach towards regulating the internet to tackle online harms. The White Paper cites a study carried out by the UK’s communications regulator (Ofcom) and data protection regulator (Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)). The study found that nearly one in four British adults suffered harm from either … Continue Reading

Council of Europe issues recommendation on processing health-related data

The Council of Europe (CoE) recently issued its recommendation to member states on the protection of health-related data (Recommendation). The Recommendation guides member states to ensure that their law and practice reflect the principles of processing health-related data. The recommendations stem from Convention 108 which was the first international treaty in the field of data … Continue Reading

Regulating digital services – UK parliament weighs in

The Select Committee on Communications of the House of Lords (Committee) published a report discussing UK regulation of ‘digital services facilitated by the internet’. We summarise some of the key recommendations of the report, which was published on 9 March 2019: 1. A central regulatory body called the Digital Authority should be set up to … Continue Reading

Class Action Filed Against Indianapolis Colts over App

This month, the Indianapolis Colts, app developer Yinzcam, Inc., and ultrasonic technology provider Lisnr, Inc., were hit with a federal class action lawsuit in Pennsylvania for violating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act by allegedly allowing the Colts fan app to listen in on users’ personal phone conversations, and use that information for advertising purposes without … Continue Reading

FTC Warns Big Data Brings Big Consequences in New Report

The FTC unveiled a lengthy report, Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues, warning companies about commercial uses of big data and the discriminatory impact it may have on low-income and underserved populations. “Big data” refers to the ubiquitous collection of massive amounts of consumer information by companies, which may be … Continue Reading

Mobile Application Developers: California AG Settlement with Amazon, Google, Apple and Other Mobile Application Platform Providers Sends Privacy Compliance Obligations Your Way

This post was also written by Christopher G. Cwalina, Khurram Nasir Gore, Amy S. Mushahwar and Steven B. Roosa. A warning from the California Attorney General’s office to mobile app developers: “Don’t get cute!” On February 22, California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris announced that her office and the six leading mobile application platform providers – Amazon, … Continue Reading

Carpe datum? Apple app developer, Google, under intense scrutiny in challenges to data collection practices.

This post was also written by Nick Tyler, Christopher G. Cwalina and Steven B. Roosa. Following the widely reported allegation that a social network’s iPhone app had uploaded the names, addresses and phone numbers of users’ contacts onto their servers without permission, both Apple and U.S. legislators have moved swiftly to try to curb this practice. Path, the … Continue Reading

Privacy Ratings: Do They Mean Anything?

This post was also written by Chris Cwalina, Nick Tyler and Frederick Lah. Consumers increasingly demand transparency into how companies use their personal information. We’ve seen a number of responses to this. One has been legislative; for example, the accounting requirement under the Dodd-Frank Act and California’s Shine the Light Act. For our previous analysis of … Continue Reading
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