September GDPR Updates: Judgments on Google's Search Engine, New Code of Conduct and More

Right-to-be-forgotten is limited to the EU. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down its judgment in Google’s appeal against the CNIL – the French Data Protection Authority – about the territorial boundaries of the ‘right-to-be-forgotten’. The CNIL imposed a penalty of €100,000 on Google for its refusal to remove objectionable search results from the localized ...

U.S. Copyright Office Sides With Led Zeppelin in Copyright Infringement Dispute over ‘Stairway to Heaven’

Randy Wolfe asserted a copyright infringement lawsuit in California federal court alleging that Led Zeppelin’s 70s hit ‘Stairway to Heaven’ infringes his song ‘Taurus’ by copying a passage from it. The lawsuit was originally dismissed by a jury verdict finding that although Led Zeppelin had access to Taurus, the two songs were not sufficiently similar to constitute infringement. The jury ...

U.S. Federal Gov't Proposes Oversight of Foreign Investments in Companies Handling Sensitive Data

The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued proposed regulations that would comprehensively implement the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) which was signed into law last year. 

FIRRMA empowers the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to examine and permit or ban foreign investment transactions that give the foreign investor certain powers at the target ...

YouTube Reportedly will Pay More than $150 Million to Settle FTC Allegations of COPPA Violations

A majority of the FTC’s panel of commissioners reportedly approved a settlement with YouTube who the FTC accused of violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The FTC alleges that YouTube knowingly collected personal information of children under the age of 13 without parental consent and used it for online advertising aimed at children.

The FTC’s enforcement against YouTube ...

Ninth Circuit Certifies Privacy Class Action against Facebook’s Photo Tag Suggestion Tool

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously rejected Facebook’s attempt to dismiss a privacy class-action alleging that it violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) by not securing user consent before recording users’ facial biometrics.

The lawsuit revolves around Facebook’s Tag Suggestion feature, launched in 2010. With Tag Suggestions, Facebook uses facial-recognition technology ...

Final Amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act Before it Becomes Effective

The California legislative Assembly and Senate both approved several amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) set to take effect on January 1, 2020, and become enforceable on July 1, 2020.

First, the CCPA was amended to exclude from its application a business’s handling of information about its employees, managers, directors, job applicants and freelancers. It also exempts information ...

Ninth Circuit Affirms Preliminary Injunction Against LinkedIn's Blocking of Data Scraping by a Start Up

The U.S. Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the lower court’s preliminary injunction in favor of a startup company, enjoining LinkedIn from blocking or putting in place any mechanism (whether legal or technical) with the effect of blocking or preventing the startup from accessing, scraping or using LinkedIn users’ public profiles. 

The decision was delivered in a ...