A bill aimed at reforming a 30-year-old law, which allows the government warrantless access to old emails, has considerable bipartisan support.
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Ahead of the State of the Union later this month, the president's proposed laws aim to force companies to disclose hacks and breaches inside a month.
Finland is cracking down on social media and online messaging providers ahead of a big European Union review.
Korean mobile messenger giant Daum Kakao's co-CEO, in a radical statement, said that user privacy comes before the law in what will likely spark a fierce debate over privacy online in Korea.
The Victorian government has replaced the Information Privacy Act with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 to address the protection levels of personal information collected and used by public agencies.
The Australian Law Reform Commission has recommended a tort be implemented for serious invasions of privacy in the digital world, but has stepped back from a safe harbour proposal for internet companies that host content deemed to invade a person's privacy.
The Australian Capital Territory's new information privacy laws, which came into effect today, open the door for the appointment of an information privacy commissioner for the territory.
A US judge has lifted a stay on a ruling, forcing Microsoft to hand over data it stores overseas. But the software giant said it will not comply, pending an appeal.
US law can apply anywhere in the world, so long as a technology company has control over foreign data, a court rules.
The public disclosure of emails by former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, could be an "unwarranted invasion of personal privacy", according to a letter fro the US Department of State responding to a FOIA request by online publication, The Desk.
The Australian Law Reform Commission recommends new laws to cover serious invasion of privacy, but the current Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis, doesn't support the idea.
The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has proposed that, within reason, "internet intermediaries" should not be held responsible for any privacy invasions conducted over their services.
After revelations that it had inspected a Hotmail customer's email as part of an internal investigation, Microsoft announced new rules last week. This week, following "uncomfortable" criticism of that policy, the company announced new rules: no inspections without a warrant.
Telstra has been found to have breached Australian privacy law last year, with 15,775 Telstra customers having their private information exposed online.
Spanish privacy watchdog said the merging of its 70 privacy policies into one broke the country's law. But the fine amounts to nothing for Google, which can make it back in minutes.
A newly-released NSA document leaked by Edward Snowden shows that the agency is using advertising cookie and location data to track individuals already under suspicion.
Google's recent move to unite all the privacy policies of its various services into a single offering has been slapped down by the Netherlands' privacy regulator.
Sir Robert Rogers has given evidence that communications metadata is treated the same as content when questions of Parliamentary privilege arise.