Mar 202023
 March 20, 2023  Posted by  Court, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Vivienne Traynor reports:

The Supreme Court has ruled that a seizure of a computer from convicted murderer Patrick Quirke’s home was unlawful.

However, the court is to hear further arguments on the consequences of its decision and whether or not Quirke’s conviction will stand.

The court was giving judgment on an appeal by Quirke against his conviction for the murder in 2011 of Bobby Ryan.

Read more at RTÉ .

h/t, TJ McIntyre

Mar 192023
 March 19, 2023  Posted by  Laws, U.S.

Hunton Andrews Kurth writes:

On March 6 and 15, 2023, both chambers of the Iowa Legislature unanimously voted to approve Senate File 262, which could make Iowa the sixth U.S. state to enact comprehensive privacy legislation. The bill is most similar to Utah’s comprehensive privacy law.

Senate File 262 would apply to a person that (1) conducts business in Iowa or produces products or services that are targeted to Iowa residents and (2) during a calendar year, satisfies at least one of the following thresholds: (a) controls or processes the personal data of 100,000 or more Iowa residents, or (b) controls or process personal data of at least 25,000 Iowa residents and derives over 50% of its gross revenue from the sale of personal data.

Read more at Privacy & Information Security Law Blog.

Mar 182023
 March 18, 2023  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Surveillance

Taylor Hatmaker reports:

The Biden administration has recently ramped up pressure on TikTok over national security concerns stemming from its ties to China, and apparently the Justice Department and the FBI are also applying pressure of their own.

Forbes first reported that the agencies are actively investigating ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company. The investigation was reportedly initiated after some employees leveraged the app to spy on U.S.-based journalists — an incident corroborated by an internal investigation late last year.

Read more at TechCrunch.

For another perspective, see Government Hasn’t Justified a TikTok Ban on EFF.

Mar 182023
 March 18, 2023  Posted by  Healthcare, Laws, U.S.

AP reports:

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon signed a bill Friday night prohibiting abortion pills in the state and also allowed a separate measure restricting abortion to become law without his signature.

The pills are already banned in 13 states with blanket bans on all forms of abortion, and 15 states already have limited access to abortion pills. The Republican governor’s decision comes after the issue of access to abortion pills took center stage this week in a Texas court.

Read more at HuffPost.