Latest Privacy Headlines

All the headlines from our Privacy Topic Page, ordered by recency.

Arizona High Court Rules Man Can Sue for Privacy Breach

Mar 10 2021 // Warehouse store chain Costco can be sued for privacy violations by a Phoenix-area man who alleges a pharmacist joked with his ex-wife about an erectile dysfunction prescription he had twice canceled, the Arizona Supreme...

Oklahoma House Passes Computer Data Privacy Act

Mar 8 2021 // Concerned about data privacy and data manipulation, the Oklahoma House of Representatives has passed an opt-in data privacy bill with a bipartisan vote of 85 to 11. The Oklahoma Computer Data Privacy Act, House Bill 1602,...

French Privacy Watchdog Probes Massive Leak of Sensitive Health Data

Feb 24 2021 // France’s privacy watchdog said it’s investigating the leak of sensitive health data on half a million people and said the companies involved could face heavy penalties if they don’t come forward with...

Viewpoint: Biometric Information Privacy Statutes Could Be a Minefield for Insurers

Feb 19 2021 // In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in private entity use of biometric-dependent technology to assist with employee timekeeping, financial transactions and security. In turn, privacy concerns regarding...

UK Judge Rules Newspaper Violated Duchess Meghan’s Privacy in Publishing Letter

Feb 16 2021 // LONDON — A newspaper invaded the Duchess of Sussex’s privacy by publishing personal letter to her estranged father, a British judge ruled Thursday, in a major victory for the royal in her campaign against what she...

Judge Questions Why Facebook May Have Overpaid in Data Privacy Settlement

Feb 11 2021 // Facebook Inc. may have paid $4.9 billion more than the maximum penalty it faced under a settlement agreement with regulators related to allegations it mishandled user privacy, according to a Wednesday court ruling. The...

Opt-In Data Privacy Legislation Moves Forward in Oklahoma

Feb 10 2021 // Bipartisan legislation to address concerns over data privacy and data manipulation unanimously passed out of the Oklahoma House Technology Committee with a vote of 6 to 0. The Oklahoma Computer Data Privacy Act, House Bill...

Climate, AI, Privacy, Racial Bias Among State Insurance Regulators’ 2021 Priorities

Feb 10 2021 // The country’s insurance regulators are vowing to prioritize the monitoring of the use of consumer and non-consumer data by companies, the use of artificial intelligence, and the availability and affordability of...

Alphabet’s Wing Aviation Warns Proposed Drone ID Rules Invite Privacy Issues

Jan 4 2021 // Alphabet Inc.’s drone delivery unit Wing criticized Trump administration rules issued this week mandating broadcast-based remote identification of drones, saying they should be revised to allow for internet-based...

Trump Administration Seeks Medical Privacy Changes

Dec 14 2020 // Urged on by hospitals, doctors and patients, U.S. health officials are proposing changes to medical privacy rules that could ease information sharing in crisis situations. Trump administration officials at the Department...

EU Privacy Agency Does Not Expect New EU-US Data Privacy Accord Any Time Soon

Dec 7 2020 // Companies hoping the EU and the new U.S. administration will soon strike a new transatlantic data transfer pact to replace one struck down by a court will probably have to wait months for any result, the head of the EU...

Top Biden Tech Advisor Is Critic of Internet Firms; Helped Craft California Privacy Law

Nov 25 2020 // President-elect Joe Biden’s top technology adviser helped craft California’s landmark online privacy law and recently condemned a controversial federal statute that protects internet companies from liability,...

Data Privacy Law Expansion Approved by California Voters

Nov 9 2020 // In the state that is home to Silicon Valley and serves as the headquarters for Google, Facebook and other tech titans, voters strengthened data privacy protections by approving a ballot measure that supporters tout as a...

UK’s Post-Brexit Privacy Protections Fail EU Data Protections, Activist Warns

Oct 12 2020 // UK privacy protections were criticized by an activist who told the European Union that the British shouldn’t be trusted to protect user data after Brexit. The personal data of EU citizens “do not at present...

Major U.S. Tech Firms Look to Be Ignoring Europe’s Data Privacy Rules

Sep 28 2020 // Technology firms’ compliance with European restrictions on transatlantic data transfers is shockingly poor, Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems said on Monday, publishing a survey of companies including Facebook...

How Spain’s COVID Tracing App Navigates Europe’s Privacy Protections

Sep 17 2020 // “What does RadarCOVID not do?” a promotional video for Spain’s contact-tracing app asks. The answer: while navigating the country’s decentralized healthcare system, it does not locate users,...

More Questions Raised Following EU Ruling on U.S. Data Transfer Privacy Shield

Sep 10 2020 // The key mechanism used by Facebook to transfer data from the European Union to the United States “cannot in practice be used” for such transfers, according to Ireland’s Data Protection Commission,...

Dispute Among EU Regulators Delays Twitter Data Privacy Fine

Aug 20 2020 // Some European Union regulators objected to Ireland’s preliminary ruling in a landmark privacy investigation of Twitter, the lead regulator said on Thursday, triggering a process where a majority decision will be...

Court Grants Facebook Preliminary OK to Settle Facial Recognition Privacy Claims

Aug 20 2020 // Facebook Inc. won preliminary approval late on Wednesday from a federal court for settlement of a lawsuit that claimed it illegally collected and stored biometric data of millions of users without their consent. The social...

Cable Appointed Chief of New Data Privacy and Security Division in Mass. AG’s Office

Aug 14 2020 // Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced the creation of the Data Privacy and Security Division within her office to protect consumers from threats to the privacy and security of their data. Healey has...