PRG News Roundup, Nov. 20, 2020

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) investigation into Amazon Ring doorbell reveals egregiously lax privacy policies and civil rights protections. Lawmaker found Ring has no evidentiary standards for law enforcement to request video footage, no compliance mechanisms to ensure footage of children isn’t collected

The hot new COVID tech is wearable and constantly tracks you. Sports leagues, large employers and colleges are turning to devices that could usher in more invasive forms of surveillance.

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Amazon launches Amazon Pharmacy, a delivery service for prescription medications. Poses several privacy concerns.

Microsoft announces it will challenge every government request for public sector or enterprise customer data and it will provide monetary compensation to users if it discloses their data in response to a government request in violation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The United Nations issues a joint Statement on Data Protection and Privacy in the COVID-19 Response

Tim Berners Lee’s startup Inrupt releases Solid privacy platform for enterprises

The Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Navdeep Bains, proposed legislation in Parliament that aims to overhaul Canada’s data privacy law. Bill C-11 will create new data privacy obligations and new enforcement mechanisms for these obligations if it becomes law.

(compiled by Student Fellow Jacob Golan)