The FCC and HHS – two of the Federal Agencies tasked with enforcing privacy regulations in the US – have been called on the carpet for not doing so.

On the same day.  FCC.2019.11.8. Letter re Location Privacy and HHS Ltr from Senator Warner 8NOV2019  

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a motion to intervene In United States v. Facebook

An article outlining the background and deficiencies in the settlement can be found at https://epic.org/privacy/facebook/epic2019-challenge/.  Links to the motion, the opposition of Facebook and the Government to EPIC’s motion and EPIC’s reply, among other FTC, and FOIA documents are provided.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) just released a scorecard rating privacy legislation currently pending

The report provides a good overview of privacy legislation currently pending.  See Epic’s Report here EPIC GradingOnACurve. Rather, EPIC ranked Senator Ed Markey’s (D-MA) Privacy Bill of Rights Act, S. 1214 Markey’s Privacy Bill of Rights Act, as the most comprehensive and responsive to current privacy threats.  The title of the report is noteworthy – […]

Relationship App 3fun Leaks Real Time Location Data

As well as pictures and personal details.  If its users were unaware of the risks of real-time location monitoring, they are now….https://www.pentestpartners.com/security-blog/group-sex-app-leaks-locations-pictures-and-other-personal-details-identifies-users-in-white-house-and-supreme-court/?te=1&nl=the-privacy%20project&emc=edit_priv_20190813?campaign_id=122&instance_id=11616&segment_id=16124&user_id=12d8e47b89a5294a789c8863f2d24b8a&regi_id=65361488

Free Tools to Reclaim Data Seized by Ransomware

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/14/opinion/ransomware.html

Cookies under the GDPR/PECR

The UK’s ICO has published some guidance (and a tool! https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/where-does-consent-apply-for-cookies/) on the use of cookies that will be helpful to providers/operators of online services under the jurisdiction of the GDPR/PECR.  https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-pecr/guidance-on-the-use-of-cookies-and-similar-technologies/

Warren and Brandeis, “The Right to Privacy,” Harvard Law Review, Vol IV, No. 5, pages 193-219, December 15, 1890

In this article, the soon to be Supreme Court justices argue that a right to privacy is a recognizable property right separate from physical property rights, while also distinguishing it from other intellectual property rights: These considerations lead to the conclusion that the protection afforded to thoughts, sentiments, and emotions, expressed through the medium of […]

Own Your Own Data Act Introduced in the US Senate

US Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) introduced the Own Your Own Data act in the US Senate on March 14, 2019.  The short bill provides that an individual owns any content they post on the internet, and further provides that social media companies must, among other things: allow users ready access to their data, as well […]

AT&T sued for selling customers’ real-time location data

The linked complaint, a class action filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, alleges that AT&T sold its customers’ real time location data, intended for enhanced 911 purposes, to unauthorized third parties without the knowledge/consent of the users.  https://www.eff.org/document/scott-v-att-geolocation-complaint

Facebook lawyers argue that users have no reasonable expectation of privacy – and LOSE!

This is such an entertaining read, really, truly I can add nothing. 05-29-2019-Facebook-Inc-Consumer-Privacy Transcript UPDATE September 12, 2019.  In an order dated September 9, 2019 (Facebook order), Judge Chhabria dismissed some, but maintained many, claims of the class action suit.  In the opinion, Judge Chhabria addresses Facebooks three main arguments and dismisses two outright, and […]