Most Popular Privacy Headlines This Year

The most viewed headlines from our Privacy Topic Page over the last year.

#1 U.S. Updates Guidance on COVID Vaccine Mandates, Incentives, Privacy in Workplace

Jun 1 2021 // Federal employment laws do not prevent an employer from requiring all employees physically entering the workplace to be vaccinated for COVID-19, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has affirmed. Also,...

#2 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...

#3 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...

#4 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...

#5 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,...

#6 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...

#7 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...

#8 Florida House Overwhelmingly Approves Consumer Privacy Bill

Apr 23 2021 // The Florida House resoundingly approved a consumer privacy bill on Wednesday, giving the public an opportunity to regain ownership of the personal data collected by companies and the right to sue companies for mishandling...

#9 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...

#10 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...

#11 Illinois Court: Insurer Has ‘Duty to Defend’ in Biometric Information Privacy Case

Jun 3 2021 // The Illinois Supreme Court recently sided with a policyholder seeking defense from its insurer for a lawsuit brought by a customer of a tanning salon alleging the insured unlawfully disclosed the customer’s biometric...

#12 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...

#13 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...

#14 European Union Court Invalidates Special Data Privacy Shield Granted U.S. Firms

Jul 16 2020 // LUXEMBOURG – Europe’s highest court ruled on Thursday that a transatlantic data transfer deal is invalid because of concerns about U.S. surveillance in a decision that could disrupt thousands of companies that...

#15 U.S. Chamber Urges U.S., EU to Adopt Data Privacy Shield, Halt Tariffs

Jun 10 2021 // The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday urged the United States and European Union to quickly resolve their disputes over steel and aluminum tariffs and aircraft subsidies, and adopt a new privacy shield to better...

#16 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...

#17 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,...

#18 TikTok Faces Damages Claim Worth Billions in London Child-Privacy Lawsuit

Apr 21 2021 // LONDON – TikTok, the wildly popular video app, and its Chinese parent ByteDance could face a damages claim worth billions of pounds (dollars) in London’s High Court over allegations they illegally harvested the...

#19 Canadian Privacy Panel Finds LifeLab’s Data Breach Was One of Biggest

Jun 26 2020 // Canadian laboratory testing company LifeLabs failed to adequately protect sensitive health information of millions of people, resulting in one of the biggest data breaches in the country last year, privacy commissioners...

#20 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...