Jul 302019
 July 30, 2019  Posted by  Court, Featured News, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Frances Perraudin reports:

The civil rights group Liberty has lost its latest high court challenge against surveillance laws, saying the ruling allowed the government “to spy on every one of us”.

In its challenge to parts of the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) 2016 – which critics have described as the “snooper’s charter” – the organisation argued that government surveillance practices were incompatible with human rights law.

Read more on The Guardian.

h/t, Joe Cadillic

Jul 302019
 July 30, 2019  Posted by  Govt, Laws

Alyssa Shauer of SheppardMullin writes:

CNIL, the French data privacy regulator, issued a 400,000 euro ($448,358) fine against a company for GDPR violations stemming from sensitive information collected on its website. Investigating a complaint, CNIL discovered that the online real estate company Sergic allowed customer information to be freely accessed online and kept that information longer than needed. By editing the text of a certain URL, a Sergic user could retrieve sensitive files that another home rental candidate had uploaded into the website. This security defect led the trove of nearly 300,000 tax and identity documents to be accessible to anyone who thought to change the text of that URL. CNIL said that this website design flaw affected the confidentiality of data in violation of Article 32(1)(ii) of GDPR.

Read more on Eye on Privacy.

Jul 302019
 July 30, 2019  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Featured News, Laws, Non-U.S., Workplace

The Hellenic Data Protection Authority imposed a 150,000 euros fine on Price Waterhouse Coopers Business SA (PWC BS) for the illegal processing of personal data of its employees, was reported on Tuesday, as per the general regulation for data protection. 

Read more on amna.gr  A copy of the full decision (in English) appears below:

Jul 302019
 July 30, 2019  Posted by  Business, Govt, Surveillance, U.S.

Tim Cushing writes:

Amazon isn’t just handing out cheap/free doorbell surveillance cameras to cops. It’s tying them into contracts that require government agency recipients return the favor by publicizing Amazon’s Ring doorbells and running their PR responses through the online retailer. That’s according to documents obtained by Caroline Haskins of Vice, who secured copies of Amazon Ring contracts via public records requests.

Read more on TechDirt.

Relatedly, see Joe Cadillic’s post today:  Amazon & Google Use Secret Police Deals and Freebies To Spy On Everyone