Dec 312018
 December 31, 2018  Posted by  Announcements

Here’s hoping that 2019 will be a less stressful year than 2018 was, and that we will see better privacy protections and less tolerance for corporate misuse of our personal data.

More coffee would be good, too.

And for Joe Cadillic, how about less surveillance?

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!
Dec 292018
 December 29, 2018  Posted by  Business, Featured News, Non-U.S., Online

Nicholas Shepherd and Anna Oberschelp de Meneses  of Covington & Burling write:

On 30 November 2018, the Austrian Data Protection Authority (“DPA”) decided that the website of an online media publisher – which offers users a choice between consenting to advertising cookies or paying for a subscription – gives users a free choice that is compatible with the requirements of consent under the GDPR. (The decision is available in German here.)

Background. The Austrian publisher in question set up a functionality on its website whereby users are given the option to either: (i) consent to advertising cookies and receive full access to website’s content; (ii) refuse consent and receive partial access to the website’s content; or, (iii) pay for a subscription to receive full access to the website’s content for 6 euros/ month and not be tracked by any advertising cookies, third-party scripts, or social media plug-ins (unless the user chooses to personally re-activate these features).

Read more on InsidePrivacy.

Dec 282018
 December 28, 2018  Posted by  Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

Oops. I missed this one in the week before Christmas. Janelle Irwin Taylor reported:

State Sen. Jeff Brandes has again filed a bill that would protect individuals’ privacy contained on cell phones and other electronic devices as well as GPS location data.

The bill would require a warrant to access electronic information from a person suspected of a crime. A warrant is not currently required to search such electronic data.

The bill (SB 210) covers cell phones and any other electronic devices that connect to the internet including home assistant devices like Amazon’s Alexa, which record audio in order to respond to commands.

Read more on Florida Politics.