PRG News Round-Up – October 16, 2020

ILI Research Fellow Salome Viljoen wrote a piece for the Phenomenal World blog, critiquing ‘propertarian’ and ‘dignitarian’ approaches to data ownership


Google is providing data to law enforcement agencies based on keyword search warrants. Albert Fox Cahn of PRG and the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project ( S.T.O.P.) writes about the ensuing constitutional issues


Twitter amended policy which prevented users from posting links to a New York Post story about Hunter Biden. Company leadership explained that the platform was warning users about the “potentially unsafe” link because of a policy on the treatment of articles which are partially sourced in “hacked materials”. Facebook also limited the distribution of the article in its news feed, reportedly as part of their practice to give third-party fact-checkers time to review content. Glenn Greenwald criticizes both companies’ actions on The Intercept.

California’s Attorney General released a third set of proposed modifications to the text of California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).At the same time, Proposition 24 (the Consumer Personal Information Law and Agency Initiative) is on the ballot in California. Proposition 24 would expand or amend the CCPA, create the California Privacy Protection Agency, and remove the ability of businesses to fix violations before being penalized for violations.

The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University concluded their Data and Democracy symposium. Session videos are available online.

Watch out for upcoming events at the NYU Law Guarini Institute for Global Legal Studies, including talks from Anupam Chander, Frank Pasquale, Lina Khan, and Daphne Keller.

(Compiled by Student Fellow Margarita Boyarskaya.)