Mar 022021
 March 2, 2021  Posted by  Court, Featured News, Laws, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Molly Quell reports:

Personal cellphone data can be used only in the investigation of serious crimes, the EU’s high court found on Tuesday.

In its decision, the European Court of Justice noted that, unless it’s for a serious crime or in the interest of public safety, countries are prohibited from obtaining location data under the European Union’s 2002 Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive.

Read more on Courthouse News.

Mar 022021
 March 2, 2021  Posted by  Breaches, Court

Daniel Solove writes:

In a recent case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit weighed in on an issue that has continued to confound courts: Is there an injury caused by a data breach when victims don’t immediately suffer financial fraud?  I wrote on this issue in an article with Professor Danielle Citron in 2018, Risk and Anxiety: A Theory of Data Breach Harms, 96 Texas Law Review 737 (2018).  (Danielle and I have just completed a new piece on Privacy Harms).  In the article, Danielle and I examined the inconsistent and messy cases and attempted to set forth a coherent approach.

Read more on TeachPrivacy.

Mar 022021
 March 2, 2021  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Court, Election2016

Porter Wells reports:

Ancestry.com Inc. convinced a federal judge on Monday to dismiss a lawsuit by California residents who claimed the genealogy-based company’s inclusion of their photos in its Yearbook database violated their privacy rights.

The California residents didn’t allege an injury in fact to support their proposed class action because the photographs came from “public yearbook information distributed to classmates (and ultimately to Ancestry),” Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler said for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Read more on Bloomberg.  The case is Callahan v. Ancestry.com Inc., N.D. Cal., No. 20-cv-08437, 3/1/21.

Mar 022021
 March 2, 2021  Posted by  Business, Featured News, Non-U.S., Youth & Schools

DutchNews.nl reports:

Products designed by Google for use in schools are do not have sufficient privacy safeguards in place, education ministers Arie Slob and Ingrid van Engelshoven have told MPs in a briefing.


Ministers are in talks with both Google and the European Commission to sort out the data protection issue. The aim, the ministers say, is to make sure the system can be ‘used safely without any risk to the privacy of pupils, students and teachers.’

Read more at DutchNews.nl.