Roundup: India, Vietnam, EU, US and more

(Jun 18, 2018) India awaits a new data protection law that would regulate how tech giants operate within the country. Lawmakers in Vietnam passed a cybersecurity law mandating new requirements for service providers. In the EU, the European Parliament's LIBE Committee is calling for the suspension of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. The Danish Parliament passed the Danish Data Protection Act, and France passed a new data protection law implementing the EU General Data Protection Regulation. In the U.S., California l... Read More

Consumers are ignoring GDPR emails

(Jun 18, 2018) Companies relying on email newsletters are struggling to get customers to open messages explaining their privacy policy updates following the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Digital marketing agency Huge found 38 percent of U.S. citizens are ignoring those emails, which also may ask for permission to continue sending marketing materials, while 23 percent is using the emails to unsubscribe from their services. Email marketing firm PostUp estimates only 25 to 30 percen... Read More

Google ad tool update gives users more control

(Jun 18, 2018) Google has announced it is revamping its advertising tools in order to offer more transparency into why users see targeted ads, VentureBeat reports. Google’s Ad Settings tool is one of the services receiving an update, enabling users to look at the different categories of algorithms used to serve targeted ads and giving them the choice to remove them from consideration within their accounts. The tech company’s “Why this ad?” tool will also now be available across all its products and services. “... Read More

Job opening: Bermuda privacy commissioner

(Jun 18, 2018) In 2016, the Parliament of Bermuda passed the Personal Information Protection Act. The act comes into effect later this year and covers the use of all personal information in Bermuda. The act will help ensure that individuals have control over their information and how it is used. It will also play a major role in the development of Bermuda’s cybersecurity framework and contribute toward the further development of a successful digital economy. The government of Bermuda is now looking to appoint ... Read More

Job opening: Bermuda privacy commissioner

(Jun 18, 2018) In 2016, the Parliament of Bermuda passed the Personal Information Protection Act. The act comes into effect later this year and covers the use of all personal information in Bermuda (in both public and private sectors). The act will help ensure that individuals have control over their information and how it is used. It will also play a major role in the development of Bermuda’s cybersecurity framework and contributes toward the further development of a successful digital economy. The governmen... Read More

FTC offers advice on IoT safety

(Jun 18, 2018) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection filed a comment to the Consumer Product Safety Commission on the risks associated with internet-of-things devices. The BCP response states poor IoT security could result in the loss of critical safety function in devices such as a carbon monoxide detector or a car’s braking system, as well as affect the quality of other data. Other recommendations to the CPSC include giving consumers more opportunities to learn about safety notifi... Read More

Global News Roundup — June 11–18, 2018

(Jun 18, 2018) India awaits a new data protection law that would regulate how tech giants operate within the country, serving to rein in how companies collect, aggregate, store and process Indian user data. Lawmakers in Vietnam recently passed a cybersecurity law mandating new requirements for service providers that has some raising concern the law will impact economic growth and restrict freedom of expression. In the European Union, the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affair... Read More

ICANN files appeal in WHOIS data case

(Jun 15, 2018) The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has filed an appeal with the Higher Regional Court in Cologne, Germany, over a decision made by the Regional Court in Bonn. ICANN wants the court to issue an injunction forcing domain registrar EPAG to continue sharing WHOIS data under its Registrar Accreditation Agreement. If the regional court does not issue the injunction, ICANN wants the case referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union. “We are continuing to seek clarity of h... Read More

Plaintiffs seeking to proceed with case against ad-tech company

(Jun 15, 2018) Two New York residents have filed suit against ad-tech company Turn, arguing that they should be allowed to proceed with allegations that the company’s tracking technology violated their privacy, MediaPost reports. The plaintiffs argue, “The point is not, as Turn repeatedly argues, that Turn delivered advertisements to Plaintiffs,” continuing, “The point is that Turn secretly thwarted mobile users’ privacy safeguards, including affirmative efforts to delete past browsing history and cookies.” Pr... Read More

Calgary fighting back against release of misconduct report

(Jun 15, 2018) City officials in Calgary are defending their decision to push back against the release of a report revealing allegations of misconduct, StarMetro Calgary reports. The report has been heavily redacted to conceal the names of the council members accused of misconduct, as well as the exact incidents that occurred. The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta has ordered the city of Calgary to release the report. “I can’t help but feel Calgarians have the right to know this inf... Read More