Category: Legal: Privacy

Top tech firms call for pro-business updates to federal data privacy laws

The Internet Association (IA) — a trade group representing major internet firms such as Facebook, Amazon and Alphabet/Google — called for updates to federal data privacy legislation on Tuesday. Updates at the federal level could potentially overide the newly passed...

/ September 12, 2018

Google, IAB Europe still negotiating GDPR Consent Framework implementation

This spring, Google said it would implement the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Europe’s Transparency and Consent Framework (TCF) by August. August, of course, has now come and gone. In May, the company said that it would likely start using the...

/ September 5, 2018

Complaints to the ICO have spiked since GDPR came into effect in May

Complaints to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in Europe have skyrocketed since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect in late May. GDPR is a sweeping set of new data privacy rules that govern the handling of EU...

/ September 5, 2018

New report: Facebook and Google among tech firms lobbying Congress for ‘kinder’ federal data privacy laws

Earlier this month, we reported that the US government was finally starting to move toward adoption of a federal data privacy law, a move that has been long in coming for this administration, given its hesitancy to add any governmental...

/ August 28, 2018

Google faces potential class action, FTC penalties for ‘surreptitious’ location tracking

A California resident named Napoleon Patacsil has filed a lawsuit against Google in federal court (Patacsil v. Google, Inc.) seeking class action status. The suit alleges personal injuries in the form of various California privacy violations stemming from “surreptitious monitoring”...

/ August 21, 2018

Google clarifies it does capture location data after Location History is turned off

Earlier this week, the AP reported that Google continues to collect user location data even when user Location History is turned off. In response, Google initially said that the company was being clear and not hiding anything or misleading consumers:...

/ August 16, 2018

AP: Google collects location data when ‘Location History’ is turned off

Yesterday, the AP reported that Google collects user location data regardless of user Location History settings: Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated...

/ August 14, 2018

The United States finally starts to talk about data privacy legislation

At this point in time, almost every marketer has heard about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Europe’s sweeping data privacy legislation that went into effect at the end of May. US companies are bound by this law because it...

/ August 13, 2018