FBI discloses for first time location data purchasing practice

FBI chief Christopher Wray revealed during a Senate hearing that the bureau had in the past purchased sensitive location data rather than obtaining a warrant. This prompted concerns among privacy advocates, though Wray indicated that it was not currently the practice to do so and that there were no current plans to do it again. Still, concerns are that without federal privacy legislation, this and other agencies’ practices encroaching on individual privacy may happen without public knowledge.

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TikTok whistle-blown in US, raising alerts in Denmark, runs a charm offensive in EU

March 14, 2023

TikTok has to allay regulator concerns or face multiple shutdowns and bans. This week, 1) a whistleblower told The Washington Post TikTok’s $1.5 billion “Project Texas” plan to protect US user data could still allow China to access company data, 2) Denmark's Centre for Cyber Security’s concerns prompted a public broadcast company to alert journalists to avoid installing TikTok on work phones because of security risks, and 3) TikTok has had to go all-in courting EU regulators to address concerns over its data-harnessing practices in light of the upcoming Digital Services Act (DSA).

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IT’S THE LAW (03/14/2023)

March 14, 2023

The UK is opting for business-friendly, billions-saving GDPR-type regulation. The country’s Data Protection and Digital Information Bill (DPDI), which was introduced in September 2022, has incorporated improvements with the clear goals of buttressing the UK business community while ensuring data compatibility with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The bill, which is expected to generate £4.7 billion in savings over ten years for the country, also supports reduced paperwork, clarifies consent requirements, and helps to educate the public about AI technologies.

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