May 2013

U.S. Gov’t: Warrantless E-mail Access OK; Legislators Intro Bills

The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI have said they don’t believe they need search warrants for access to Americans’ electronic communications, CNET reports. That’s according to internal documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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German Court Says Apple Must Revise Data-Handling Rules

A German court has told Apple to change its data-handling rules, Bloomberg reports. The court struck down eight of 15 provisions in the company’s data-use terms, stating they deviate too far from German law, the report states.

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State Legislative Roundup

A number of U.S. states have passed or are working on various types of privacy legislation—from employee privacy to breach notification. Most notably, California has pulled a bill that would have required businesses to disclose to consumers data they have collected on them. The Pennsylvania Senate has passed a law that would require state agencies to notify residents of a breach “as soon as possible.” And the Texas House has also “tentatively” approved similar social media legislation.

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