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September 1, 2022

Tech tool offers police ‘mass surveillance on a budget’

Source: Associated Press, Sept. 1, 2022 Article: Tech tool offers police ‘mass surveillance on a budget’ Summary: Across the country, some local law agencies are using a cellphone tracking tool that enables them to follow the movement of individuals. At times this information is accessed without search warrants, and has been used in criminal cases as well…


August 26, 2022

Students Say Room Scans During Online Tests Are Invasive. Now a Judge Agrees.

Source: Chronicle of Higher Education, August 24, 2022 Article: Students Say Room Scans During Online Tests Are Invasive. Now a Judge Agrees. Summary: In a recent case against Cleveland State University, a student argued that a room scan he was prompted to conduct prior to taking an online exam violated his Fourth Amendment rights protecting against unreasonable…


August 8, 2022

Tech industry’s critical policy issues likely tabled as Congress heads for recess

Source: CNBC, August 5, 2022 Article: Tech industry’s critical policy issues likely tabled as Congress heads for recess Summary: In a round-up of tech-related policy issues CNBC provides an update on the American Data Privacy and Protection Act. While this comprehensive data privacy bill quickly moved out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, it…


June 16, 2022

Consumer Reports: HIPAA exemptions break down; medical patients unknowingly consent to data sold for ad targeting

Source: International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), June 14, 2022 Article: Consumer Reports: HIPAA exemptions break down; medical patients unknowingly consent to data sold for ad targeting Summary: The IAPP shared two articles correcting common misconceptions about the Health Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The Consumer Reports article describes different exemptions built into HIPAA, while…


June 14, 2022

EDUCAUSE Review Special Report – Artificial intelligence: Where are we now?

Source: EDUCAUSE Review Special Report, June 1, 2022 Article: Artificial intelligence: Where are we now? Summary: Curious about the intersection of artificial intelligence and higher education? This special issue provides an overview of the ways in which artificial intelligence is being used in higher education and the related benefits and ethical concerns. Readers will also…


June 6, 2022

Distilling the essence of the American Data Privacy and Protection Act discussion draft

Source: International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), June 6, 2022 Article: Distilling the essence of the American Data Privacy and Protection Act discussion draft Summary: Friday, June 3, Congress released a discussion draft of a promising comprehensive privacy bill with bipartisan support from the House. Washington’s Senator Maria Cantwell, who is also the chairwoman of…


May 31, 2022

Negotiating privacy: Bipartisan agreement on US privacy rights in the 117th Congress

Source: International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), May 2022 White paper: Negotiating privacy: Bipartisan agreement on US privacy rights in the 117th Congress Summary: This white paper offers an analysis of 18 federal privacy-related bills with bipartisan support from Democrats and Republicans. Findings suggest that consensus was more likely around narrowly-defined privacy issues, and that…


February 1, 2022

Washington Lawmakers Throw a Bunch of Data Privacy Bills at the Wall to See What Sticks

Source: the Stranger, January 25, 2022 Article: Washington Lawmakers Throw a Bunch of Data Privacy Bills at the Wall to See What Sticks Summary: For the last three years, lawmakers in Olympia have thrown around ideas to protect Washingtonians from the dangers and indignities of all this online corporate surveillance. In general, the Senate has…


Unpacking Washington state’s cluster of comprehensive privacy bills

Source: International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), January 26, 2022 Article: Unpacking Washington state’s cluster of comprehensive privacy bills Summary: The Washington State Legislature will have until March 18 to see if the fourth time is the charm to get a law on the books, something it hasn’t been able to do since the original…


January 25, 2022

Washington attorney general sues Google over location tracking

Source: Seattle Times, January 25, 2022 Article: Washington attorney general sues Google over location tracking Summary: Ferguson joined attorneys general in Texas, Indiana and the District of Columbia in filing a lawsuit Monday alleging the company misled consumers about its location-tracking services and, at times, collected data without their consent.



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