Nov 292019
 November 29, 2019  Posted by  Non-U.S.

Lisa Peets, Kristof Van Quathem, Bart Van Vooren, Sam Jungyun Choi and Gemma Nash of Covington and Burling write:

The Advocate General’s (“AG”) Opinion in Case C-311/18, Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland and Maximillian Schrems (“Schrems II”), has been delayed until the 19th December 2019.  (The original publication date was set for the week before, on the 12th December.)

The primary question before the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”), and the AG, in Schrems II is whether the European Commission’s standard contractual clauses (“SCCs”) are valid for transfers of personal data to the United States. Given the widespread reliance on the SCCs for data transfers to the United States and other countries around the world, the ECJ’s judgment is likely to have significant ramifications for many organizations.  The AG’s Opinion, while not binding, will likely give an initial indication of where the ECJ will land.

Read more on InsidePrivacy.

Nov 272019
 November 27, 2019  Posted by  Govt

Joseph Cox reports:

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is generating revenue of $50,000,000 a year through selling drivers’ personal information, according to a DMV document obtained by Motherboard.

DMVs across the country are selling data that drivers are required to provide to the organization in order to obtain a license. This information includes names, physical addresses, and car registration information. California’s sales come from a state which generally scrutinizes privacy to a higher degree than the rest of the country.

Read more on VICE.

h/t, Joe Cadillic

Nov 272019
 November 27, 2019  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S., Youth & Schools

So it’s “Nothing to see here. Move along.”??  Tom Puckett reports:

The state education department says a promise by the Lockport school district satisfies its concerns over student data being collected.

Lockport schools told the state in a letter the Lockport School District has come to the decision that no student data will be created or maintained by the operation of the District’s facial recognition system, and that this position is now reflected in revised District Policy.

Read more on WBEN.