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Google Inc. moves before a U.S. Court against a Canadian SC ruling

The Canadian Supreme Court (SC) has hit hard the American tech giant obliging it to undo the Google search results connected with pirated products.  Considering that such a ruling could be extremely dangerous for Google, if globally recognised, the American company is now trying to push back.  It has filed an injunction in front of the US District Court for Northern California.  The injunction argues that a request of global removal of search results would violate US law, and second that Google could not be obliged to comply with the Canadian ruling.

The ruling is accessible here
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A U.S. Judge quashes EPIC lawsuit on U.S. voters’ privacy violation

U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that the Presidential Advisory Commission does not need to conduct a privacy impact assessment before collecting voters’ data.  The lawsuit, filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) on July 3, argued a violation in the Commission conduct but the Judge decided that since the Commission is not qualified as a federal agency it is not due to conduct a privacy impact assessment.

The U.S. District Court Judge ruling is available here
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EU increases pressure over U.S. tech giants on user terms

European Union authorities have strengthened pressure for changes in Facebook, Twitter and Google user terms to align them with the EU legislation.  In June, the European Commission asked these companies to improve their user terms by the end of September.  The main point of concern refers to websites procedures for the removal of illegal content, to the terms that limit their responsibility and to the terms that permit unilateral removal of content posted by users.

Find the related Reuters press release here
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EU Parliament sceptical on U.S. works on the revision of the Privacy Shield

The European Parliament has issued statements on the meetings between the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee and the U.S. Administration on the EU-US Privacy Shield. The EU Parliament position is that the U.S. Administration must work harder to satisfy the conditions of the adequacy decision.  These would include attributing more tasks to the Federal Trade Commission, appointing the four out of five missing members of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, and enhancing the capacities of the Ombudsperson. Further concerns have been also expressed on the reform of U.S. agencies surveillance procedures that is considered still uncertain.

Find the European Parliament press release here
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The FTC launches a blog post on privacy security best practices

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is publishing new blog posts on best-practices on consumers data protection.  In this way, the FTC intends to sensitise and educate businesses on privacy matters in order to build a security guide for companies.

The blog posts are available here