PRG News Roundup, Feb. 26, 2021

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen dropped a Trump Administration proposal to reform global digital tax rules to include a “safe harbor” provision that would have allowed tech companies to opt out of a global tax regime. Even if a global deal is not reached, there may be a European-wide one.

Israel’s parliament passed new legislation that allows the Israeli Health Ministry to share personal information of those who declined the COVID vaccine with local and national authorities.
Mason Marks: Facebook is considering adding facial recognition to its augmented reality glasses. Also, Mason is moderating a March 17 panel on “Privatizing Public Health” at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.

A US Treasury Department watchdog report says that the IRS might violate the Fourth Amendment when it uses cellphone location data without a warrant. Also, S.T.O.P. and the Yale Privacy Lab are hosting a March 6 symposium on how remote proctoring software promotes bias, undermines privacy, and creates barriers to accessibility.

Federal District Judge Lucy Koh, who is presiding over the Google private browsing class action, said she was “deeply disturbed” that Google tracks visitors to the Northern District of California’s court website.

In Italy, Facebook was again fined for failing to comply with an earlier order related to its failure to inform users about the commercial use it makes of their data.

On March 30, TransUnion LLC v. Ramirez will be argued at the Supreme Court. It raises the question of whether F.R.C.P. Rule 23 permits a damages class action even when the majority of the class has suffered no actual injury. While the case is about the Fair Credit Reporting Act, it will likely have broad ramifications going forward.

(compiled by student fellow Jacob Apkon)