Google Subject To GDPR Probe In Ireland: The Irish Data Protection Commissioner has opened an investigation into whether Google’s data processing practices related to its advertisement auctioning system comply with the GDPR; Google has defended its advertising system and pledged to cooperate with the investigation.
Facebook’s Actionable Insights Program Offers Increased Surveillance:The Interceptreports that Facebook, through its Actionable Insights program, helps cellphone carriers purchase more tightly targeted advertisements by sharing data related to users’ past locations, interests, and social groups; experts worry that Facebook markets the data-sharing program as a tool for gauging users’ creditworthiness, a use that could violate federal law governing credit assessment.
Restoring Privacy Rights At The Border: In response to a spike in border searches in past years, Senators Ron Wyden and Rand Paul introduced the “Protecting Data at the Border Act,” which would require that border agents obtain either a warrant or written consent before searching or transferring the contents of an electronic device belonging to an individual entering or leaving the United States.
Information Security & Cyberthreats
High-Profile Instagram Users’ Info Made Public: Security researchers discovered over 49 million records of Instagram influencers, celebrities, and brand accounts stored in an exposed database traceable to Mumbai-based marketing firm Chtrbox; the records contained both public data scraped from the accounts and private contact information, as well as data used to calculate each account’s net worth.
Amazon Inches Closer To Top Level Domain Name: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) concluded that Amazon’s application for the .AMAZON top level domain name could proceed under the New gTLD Program after a 30-day public comment period.
Free Expression & Censorship
Subpoena To Identify Reddit User Quashed: A San Francisco federal magistrate judge ruled that the First Amendment right to anonymous speech entitles a Reddit user to remain anonymous in a copyright suit brought by Jehovah’s Witness affiliate Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society after the user posted Watch Tower’s public and internal documents online to “stir debate” about the religion.
Another Court Finds Biometric Password Testimonial: A judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho rejected a federal government warrant request to compel a criminal suspect to unlock a cellphone by providing a swipe pattern on the bases that the act would violate the suspect’s Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and because a search and seizure that violates the Fifth Amendment would be unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment.
On the Lighter Side
RoboDog: Members of the Stanford Robotics Club’s Extreme Mobility team built a 10-pound “Doggo” quadruped robot and have made all the information required to build the robot open-source on GitHub.
Joel R. Reidenberg
Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair and Professor of Law
Founding Academic Director, Fordham CLIP
Executive Director, Fordham CLIP