PRG News Roundup Nov. 6, 2020

Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate sued Netflix because Sherlock Holmes is portrayed in Enola Holmes as compassionate, a portrayal of Sherlock Holmes that only took place in the final 10 books which are still under copyright.


The Association for Civil Rights in Israel has filed freedom of information petitions against the Israeli army and Israeli police to find information about their use of facial recognition.


Activists have begun working on a facial recognition system to identify law enforcement members.


EU court released a judgment in a suit brought by Privacy International that sought to define privacy obligations under the privacy directive.


California Proposition 24 is on track to be approved by voters which would expand the state’s privacy laws and allow customers to opt in or out to certain privacy protections.


The LGPD’s (Brazil’s general data protection law) regulatory authority finally has directors and can begin regulating.

Michigan amended their constitution to require a warrant to search electronic devices or communications; Portland ME outlawed facial recognition via referendum; STOP settled a lawsuit with the NYPD that challenged the NYPD’s practice of requiring religious people to remove their head coverings so their mugshots could be fed into a facial recognition database.

Due to widespread civil unrest in Africa a number of countries have restricted use of social media: Lesotho has sought to require those with 100 or more followers to register with a central communications agency; Tanzania restricted the use of social media during its most recent election; Nigeria has also sought to regulate social media after recent national protests.

Massachusetts approved a right to repair law for cars that will give owners access to the data that the cars collect.

The Fourth Circuit affirmed a denial of a preliminary injunction that sought to stop Baltimore’s aerial surveillance program.

(compiled by student fellow Jacob Apkon)