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Lawsuits Accuse Siri, Alexa, and Google of Listening When They're Not Supposed To

On Thursday, a judge ruled that Apple will have to continue fighting a lawsuit brought by users in federal court in California, alleging that the company's voice assistant Siri has improperly recorded private conversations. He ruled that the plaintiffs, who are trying to make the suit a class action case, could continue pursuing claims that Siri turned on unprompted and recorded conversations that it shouldn't have and passed the data along to third parties, therefore violating user privacy. The case is one of several that have been brought against Apple, Google and Amazon that involve allegations of violation of privacy by voice assistants.

Individuals Advanced read

Digital Services Act: A Game Changer for our Fundamental Rights? (Recording, 1:37 hours)

With the Digital Services Act (DSA), the European Union is to adopt landmark legislation that will create a framework to regulate online platforms around the world. This event hosted by MEP Patrick Breyer brought together experts from the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Fundamental Rights Agency and civil society.

Business & Government Advanced read

Whitepaper on the Data Governance Act (PDF, 62 pages)

This White Paper offers an academic perspective to the discussion on the Data Governance Act proposal (“DGA proposal”), as adopted by the European Commission in November 2020. It contains a legal analysis of the DGA proposal and includes recommendations to amend its shortcomings.

Business & Government Intermediate read

Data Sovereignty International Forum 2021 (Video, 3:44 hours)

The recording of Korea's Data Sovereignty Forum with the topic: Making the Fair Data World Together. Find more information on the official website here.

Individuals Simple read

LAPD Officers Told To Collect Social Media Data on Every Civilian They Stop

Copies of the "field interview cards" that police complete when they question civilians reveal that LAPD officers are instructed to record a civilian's Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media accounts, alongside basic biographical information. An internal memo further shows that the police chief, Michel Moore, told employees that it was critical to collect the data for use in "investigations, arrests, and prosecutions," and warned that supervisors would review cards to ensure they were complete.

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UK's ICO Calls For Browser-Level Controls To Fix 'Cookie Fatigue'

Last month, UK digital minister Oliver Dowden took aim at what he dubbed an "endless" parade of cookie pop-ups -- suggesting the government is eyeing watering down consent requirements around web tracking as ministers consider how to diverge from European Union data protection standards, post-Brexit. Today the UK's outgoing information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, stepped into the fray to urge her counterparts in G7 countries to knock heads together and coalesce around the idea of letting web users express generic privacy preferences at the browser/app/device level, rather than having to do it through pop-ups every time they visit a website.

Business & Government Advanced read

Data: A new direction (UK Report, 146 pages)

For those interested in the evolution of UK data legislation, this report was published by the government today.

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