With 291 cosponsors, the Email Privacy Act, which would modernize the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), is in a position to bypass debate and move straight to approval, Multichannel reports. "When ECPA was written, the Internet as we understand it did not exist," said Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS), author of the Email Privacy Act. "Only 340,000 Americans even subscribed to cell-phone service. Mark Zuckerberg was only two years old. But as our society and technology has evolved, our di... Read more
Google is appealing the CNIL’s formal notice that the company honor right-to-be-forgotten requests globally. In a blog post, Google Global Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer writes, “We’ve worked hard to implement the right-to-be-forgotten ruling thoughtfully and comprehensively in Europe, and we’ll continue to do so … But as a matter of principle, we respectfully disagree with the idea that a national data protection authority can assert global authority to control the content that people can acce... Read more
Erick Iriarte of Iriarte & Asociados writes for Privacy Tracker about a new law decreed by Peru’s executive branch under delegated powers. The law requires telecommunications companies to collect and retain consumer geolocation data and make it available to law enforcement without a warrant. According to the decree, its purpose is to “regulate the access of the specialized unit of the National Police of Peru, in cases of flagrante delicto, to the location and geolocation of mobile phones or ... Read more
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a new report on facial-recognition technology, specifically on its commercial uses, privacy issues and the applicable federal law. Although the report does not put forth any recommendations, it proposes that Congress look into “strengthening the consumer privacy framework” to keep up with emerging technology such as facial recognition. TechCrunch reports that Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) announced the new report and issued a press release on it, ... Read more
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