Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint suspend selling of customer location data after prison officials were caught misusing it

22 01 2019

June 18, 2018

Washington Post

The decision comes after one senator’s investigation into the mishandling of user data.

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Victory for Privacy: Supreme Court Says Cell Phone Location Records Protected Under Fourth Amendment

22 01 2019

In a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Fourth Amendment protects location records generated by mobile phones. The government in Carpenter v. United States had obtained more than 6 months of location records without a warrant. EPIC filed a “friend-of-the-court” brief in Carpenter, signed by thirty-six technical experts and legal scholars, urging the Court to recognize that the “world has changed since Smith v. Maryland” was decided. EPIC argued that “Cell phones are now as necessary to the life of Americans as they are ubiquitous” and that users expect their location data will remain private. The Court agreed, in a decision by the Chief Justice, emphasizing the importance of protecting privacy as technology advances: “As technology has enhanced the Government’s capacity to encroach upon areas normally guarded from inquisitive eyes, this Court has sought to ‘assure[ ] preservation of that degree of privacy against government that existed when the Fourth Amendment was adopted.'” The Court held that “an individual maintains a legitimate expectation of privacy in the record of his physical movements as captured through” a cell phone. Dissenting opinions were filed by Justices Kennedy, Thomas, Alito, and Gorsuch.

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Congress Asks Google, Apple About Smartphone Data Collection

22 01 2019

Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee have sent letters to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Larry Page seeking information about the data collection capabilities of smartphones. Prompted by recent privacy scandals, the representatives asked Google and Apple whether their devices track users’ location even when location services are disabled or record users’ private conversations without a “trigger” word. The issue of smartphones and privacy has generated widespread attention following the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Carpenter v. U.S. that the Fourth Amendment protects location records generated by mobile phones.

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The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018

22 01 2019

Privacy Law Blog

Kristen J. Mathews and Courtney M. Bowman

This has been a big year in the data protection world, with the headline-grabbing General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) occupying most of the spotlight with its plethora of privacy-related requirements and potential for high fines for violators. While companies (justifiably) may be focused on the GDPR at the moment, it’s also important to keep an eye on new privacy laws on the horizon in order to avoid last-minute scrambles for compliance as effective dates near. Foremost among these new laws is the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. The Act was introduced and signed quickly in order to prevent voters from facing a similar ballot initiative in the November election. This post provides an overview of the new law, which will go into effect beginning January 1, 2020.

What is the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018?

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Microsoft calls for regulation of facial recognition, saying it’s too risky to leave to tech industry alone

22 01 2019

On Friday, company president Brad Smith urged lawmakers in a blog post to form a bipartisan and expert commission that could set standards and ward against abuses of face recognition, in which software can be used to identify a person from afar without their consent.

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