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Privacy Tracker | Global News Roundup—September 29-October 6, 2014 Related reading: ACLU files class-action lawsuit against Clearview AI



California has passed a law that requires schools to discard students' public posts on social media within a year after a student leaves the district and notify parents that school officials are analyzing social media posts, Glendale News-Press reports.

California has passed a law making it illegal for paparazzi to use drones to take celebrity photographs, reports International Business Times, while Connecticut's legislature is making another attempt at regulating drones, the Associated Press reports.

An article in JDSupra explores the ramifications for businesses of California’s “Kill Switch” law.


In the first of a two-part series for Privacy Tracker on the new law and its enforcement, attorney Paul Lanois outlines Singapore’s new Personal Data Protection Act, which went into full effect in July.


A senior Federal Trade Commission attorney has cautioned corporate executives they can be held personally liable for false advertising and privacy violations tied to their businesses, Law360 reports.

Ars Technica reports a group including bookstores, publishers and the American Civil Liberties Union is suing to stop a so-called revenge porn law in Arizona because it has no requirement for malicious intent and could include images taken in a "commercial or public setting."

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that supporters say is the nation's toughest law on protecting student privacy, the Associated Press reports. California has also passed an expanded "revenge porn" law that now includes "selfies," The Sacramento Bee reports. Brown also signed a bill that would extend the expiration date of the state's 25-year-old wiretap law from 2015 to 2020 and vetoed a bill that would have required police to obtain warrants for surveillance via drones.


"The evidence that technical regulation is now upon us in the data privacy and cybersecurity fields is mounting up day by day," Stewart Room, CIPP/E, writes in this post for Privacy Perspectives.  

If the current draft of the data protection laws are implemented, IT provider Sophos says, the EU "could have the strictest data protection laws in the world,"CSO reports.

A Russian regulator has sent notifications to Facebook, Google and Twitter saying they must register as "organizers of information," meaning they must store user data locally, GigaOm reports.

Facebook and other tech companies can appeal "bulk warrant" requests from U.S. intelligence agencies, GigaOm reports.


The Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill 2014 was introduced into Australia’s Parliament on Thursday, and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has detailed what to expect if the bill becomes law.


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