Jan 192019
 January 19, 2019  Posted by  Business, Laws, Non-U.S., Online

The Local reports:

An Austrian privacy campaign group lodged complaints against eight online streaming services Friday, accusing them of “structural violations” of EU data regulations that came into effect last year.

NOYB, a non-profit organisation whose name means None Of Your Business, said it had filed a complaint with Austria’s Data Protection Authority against services including Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime and Spotify.

NOYB says the services have violated the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by not granting users access to data that companies hold on them or information about how the data is used.

Read more on The Local.

Jan 192019
 January 19, 2019  Posted by  Business, Court, Laws, U.S.

Eric Goldman writes:

As part of its ongoing crackdown on short-term lodging, New York City passed an anti-Airbnb ordinance scheduled to take effect next month. HomeAway was also affected by the law, but I’ll focus on Airbnb. The ordinance addresses the challenges faced by the enforcement agency because Airbnb “Listings do not include a host’s full name, email address, telephone number, or the rental property’s exact address; Airbnb securely stores that information.”

So the city passed an ordinance, and it’s been challenged in court, with the court saying that the Fourth Amendment is implicated. Read more about the issues and the case on Technology & Marketing Law Blog.

Jan 192019
 January 19, 2019  Posted by  U.S., Youth & Schools

Jules Polenetsky and Amelia Vance write:

In 2014, the Louisiana legislature passed a law to protect student privacy. It required parents to approve nearly any collection and sharing of student data. In other words, no student information — no accomplishments or addresses, no batting averages or GPAs — was to be shared without a parent’s express permission.

And the law wasn’t merely a suggestion. It had teeth. Violations — even accidental ones — by teachers or principals, carried with them the weight of fines and jail time.

But protecting student privacy wasn’t the only outcome of passing this particular law. Facing the possibility of heavy fines or ending up in prison for even a well-intentioned mistake, teachers and administrators in a number of schools told us they were so afraid that they stopped collecting or sharing data for almost any reason.

Read more on The Hill.

Jan 182019
 January 18, 2019  Posted by  Featured News, Laws

Eric Goldman writes:

41 California privacy lawyers, professionals, and professors are urging the California legislature to make major changes to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which the legislature hastily passed in 2018. The letter highlights six significant problems with the CCPA, including:

  • The CCPA affects many businesses who never had a chance to explain the law’s problems to the legislature;
  • The CCPA imposes excessive costs on small businesses;
  • The CCPA requires businesses to waste money complying with multiple privacy laws;
  • The CCPA degrades consumer privacy in several ways;
  • The CCPA’s definitions are riddled with problems; and
  • The CCPA reaches beyond California’s borders.

The text of the letter is on Eric’s site, linked below. A PDF copy of the letter is also available.

Read more on Technology & Marketing Law Blog.

via Joe Cadillic