Telefónica del Perú S.A. afronta dos denuncias por uso del programa Smart Steps

(Nov 12, 2019) El pasado 22 de octubre, la asociación civil sin fines de lucro Hiperderecho presentó dos denuncias contra Telefónica del Perú S.A. luego de conocerse, tras una investigación realizada por el equipo periodístico de Ojo Público, que existirían posibles riesgos para la privacidad de la ubicación de los clientes de Telefónica en las bases de datos que dicha compañía vende al Estado. La primera denuncia fue interpuesta ante la Dirección de Supervisión y Control de la Dirección General de Transparenc... Read More

Senate bill aims to add transparency to search engine algorithms

(Nov 1, 2019) The Wall Street Journal reports U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., has bipartisan backing on a proposed bill that would force search engine operators to clearly state that they employ algorithms based on data not expressly provided by users. The proposed Filter Bubble Transparency Act would also require an unfiltered version of the same information to be offered at a user's request. "It’s a way of giving consumers more control, consistent with the light touch approach I believe in," Thune said. Meanw... Read More

Swedish telecom regulator to investigate operators following data breaches

(Oct 31, 2019) The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority plans to conduct a pair of risk analysis into Tele2 and Telenor after the operators reported data breaches in their sales support systems, Telecompaper reports. The agency will investigate whether the two operators have met the requirements to safeguard personal data, as well as look at the procedures for access and authorization. The breaches occurred earlier this year and resulted in unknown actors accessing subscriber information. PTS said the data may h... Read More

ACCC files location privacy lawsuit against Google

(Oct 29, 2019) Reuters reports the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has filed a lawsuit alleging Google misled Android smartphone users on its collection and use of personal location data. The ACCC claims that Google did not properly inform users how to disable location tracking on their mobile devices for almost two years. Google allegedly explained only one of two setting changes that needed to be made to ensure location privacy. "Google’s conduct caused users to understand that personal data a... Read More

Telecoms' location privacy lawsuits moved to arbitration

(Oct 28, 2019) MediaPost reports AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon had lawsuits over disclosures of location data sent to arbitration following a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge James Bredar of Maryland. The telecoms had previously argued that arbitration of such disputes was a provision in the user agreements the plaintiffs signed. "Plaintiffs' emphasis on the troubling nature of defendants' alleged misconduct ... fails to provide a legally cognizable basis for invalidating the arbitration clauses," ... Read More

ISP lauds privacy policy amid fight against encryption

(Oct 28, 2019) MediaPost reports Comcast published a blog post defending its privacy practices and addressed misconceptions about how it uses personal data. The internet service provider said it does not employ user data for advertising purposes, and the data it collects on users is deleted in 24 hours. "Millions of Comcast customers look up billions of addresses online every day," Comcast Chief Privacy Officer Christin McMeley wrote on the company's blog. "We’ve never used that data for any sort of marketing ... Read More

Agency: Commission’s directive jibes with data protection regulation

(Oct 23, 2019) Nigeria's National Information Technology Development Agency has announced its approval of a directive to telecommunications providers from the Nigeria Communication Commission regarding call recordings. Following a media report citing privacy concerns with the directive, NITDA explored whether NCC's regulation, which called for telecoms to store call recordings and make them publicly accessible, went against the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation. The investigation found the directive was justi... Read More

Indian high court overrules government orders in favor of privacy rights

(Oct 23, 2019) The Bombay High Court has rejected orders from India's Ministry of Home Affairs to intercept phone calls from a businessman being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation, The Times of India reports. The court found such actions against the businessman violated his right to privacy as held by the Supreme Court. The judges referenced precedent set in a Supreme Court case in 1997, in which the court ruled that a "right to privacy would include telephonic conversation in the privacy of o... Read More

FTC releases National DNC Registry Data Book for FY 2019

(Oct 18, 2019) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has released the “National Do Not Call Registry Data Book for Fiscal Year 2019.” According to the agency’s 11th annual book, there were 239.5 million actively registered phone numbers in FY 2019, up from 235.3 million the year before. The number of consumer complaints regarding unwanted telemarketing calls fell from 5.8 million in FY 2018 to 5.4 this current year. The FTC also announced it has extended the comment period deadline on the effectiveness of the Chil... Read More

Data breach affects 46M mobile phone users

(Oct 16, 2019) Malaysiakini reports an independent contractor is under investigation for a 2017 data breach that affected 46.2 million mobile phone subscribers. Data leaked included unique serial numbers linked to individual mobile phones, names, phone numbers and home addresses. The Communications and Multimedia Ministry alleges Nuemera Sdn Bhd, an independent contractor tasked with managing the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission's Public Cellular Blocking Service, violated Section 9 of the Pe... Read More