Senate Democrats release principles for federal privacy law

(Nov 19, 2019) The Hill reports U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Patty Murray, D-Wash., have unveiled principles for consideration and inclusion in a comprehensive federal privacy law. The suggested baseline includes establishing data safeguards, invigorating competition, strengthening consumer and civil rights, and imposing accountability. "We believe that a comprehensive federal privacy and data security law is essential to hold institutions accountab... Read More

Wash. state lawmakers plan to propose new privacy law next year

(Nov 19, 2019) GeekWire reports Washington state legislators will propose a new data privacy law next year. The Senate passed the Washington Privacy Act earlier this year; however, the bill did not make it past the House of Representatives. According to the draft bill obtained by GeekWire, the revamped law will give citizens enhanced data rights, establish new transparency requirements for companies processing personal data, and provide new rules for facial recognition technology. “The guiding principles are v... Read More

IAB publishes technical specs for CCPA compliance framework

(Nov 19, 2019) IAB Technology Laboratory has released the first version of its technical specifications for its California Consumer Privacy Act Compliance Framework for publishers and tech companies. The framework, which was up for public comment until Nov. 5, contains policy and technical components that are intended to be incorporated into an organization's compliance efforts. "The digital advertising ecosystem is on a tight timeline to deliver CCPA compliance before [Jan. 1]," the report states. "This is on... Read More

House reps seek answers on 'Project Nightingale' by Dec. 6

(Nov 19, 2019) Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee have asked Google and Ascension to provide answers on “Project Nightingale” by Dec. 6, Reuters reports. In their letters to both Google and Ascension, the four committee members posed questions about what data is stored by Google, the employees who can access the information, and whether patients have been informed about the project. “While we appreciate your efforts to provide the public with further informati... Read More

Sen. Hawley proposes bill to limit US data in China, Russia

(Nov 19, 2019) The Washington Post reports U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., proposed a new bill that would limit Americans’ data in countries presenting national security concerns — specifically, China and Russia. The National Security and Personal Data Act would prevent companies from those countries from transferring Americans’ data back within their borders and collecting data unnecessary to their business operation. Companies would also certify compliance annually with the Federal Trade Commission. “In those ... Read More

Veterans administration disclosed personal data of millions

(Nov 19, 2019) The Veterans Benefits Administration kept claims files unredacted, leaving millions of veterans’ doctors, spouses and dependents vulnerable to identity theft, Nextgov reports. In May 2016, officials stopped redacting personal information, including names and Social Security numbers, of third-party individuals in claims files to reduce processing time. The Office of the Inspector General said, “the [policy] could place VBA at legal risk of penalties for Privacy Act violations based on other more ... Read More

Facebook asks judge to dismiss location privacy lawsuit

(Nov 19, 2019) Facebook is asking U.S. District Court Judge James Donato to dismiss a privacy lawsuit that claims it collects users’ IP addresses and estimates their locations even when users turn off location tracking, MediaPost reports. “IP addresses are freely, publicly, and automatically shared as a necessary component of every internet communication,” Facebook wrote in court paperwork. “Any party to such communication can estimate the location of the other party’s IP address by using generally available o... Read More

Roundup: Australia, Bulgaria, EU, Spain, US and more

(Nov 18, 2019) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, the European Data Protection Board published final guidelines for territorial scope under the EU General Data Protection Regulation, an updated version of the ePrivacy Regulation was published, and Spain's data protection authority issued guidelines on health data. In the U.S., a facial-recognition bill was introduced in the Senate, and a U.S. District Court banned phone and laptop searches at airports and ports of entry. (IAPP member lo... Read More

Calif. attorney general discusses US antitrust, data privacy

(Nov 18, 2019) California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sat down with Politico to discuss a range of topics, including U.S. antitrust laws and data privacy. Becerra indicated that antitrust laws are not up to date and apply to "a different generation and a different type of industry." Becerra also offered a suggestion to Congress regarding its efforts to craft federal U.S. privacy legislation. "Don't undermine what we’re doing," Becerra said. "Watch and learn. Take the best from what those of us who are doin... Read More

Study: Americans insecure about privacy, personal data control

(Nov 18, 2019) A new report from Pew Research Center revealed a majority of the 4,272 American respondents are concerned about their data privacy. More than 80% of respondents said they were concerned with the lack of control over the data being collected by both companies and the U.S. government. The same percentage of respondents found more risks than benefits with data collection. More than 60% believed they are being tracked by companies or the government on a daily basis. There is concern over data use, a... Read More