On June 9, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order on Protecting Americans’ Sensitive Data from Foreign Adversaries, which elaborates on measures to address the national emergency regarding the information technology supply chain declared in 2019 by the Trump administration in Executive Order 13873.
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On December 14, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it had issued orders to nine social media and video streaming companies, requesting information on how the companies collect, use and present personal information, their advertising and user engagement practices and how their practices affect children and teens.
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On December 15, 2020, the Irish Data Protection Commission announced its fine of 450,000 Euros against Twitter International Company, following its investigation into a breach resulting from a bug in Twitter’s design. The fine is the largest issued by the Irish DPC under the GDPR to date and is also its first against a U.S.-based organization.
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On November 27, 2020, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a notice of appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in the lawsuit it brought against Google on February 20, 2020, regarding alleged violations of the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act in connection with G-Suite for Education.
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On September 25, 2020, the District Court of New Mexico granted Google’s motion to dismiss a suit filed by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas alleging, among other claims, that the company violated the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act by using G Suite for Education to “spy on New Mexico students’ online activities for its own commercial purposes, without notice to parents and without attempting to obtain parental consent.”
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On September 8, 2020, AB-1138, the Parent’s Accountability and Child Protection Act, was enrolled and presented to the California Governor for signature. If signed into law by the Governor, the bill would require a business that operates a social media website or application, beginning July 1, 2021, to obtain verifiable parental consent for California-based children the business “actually knows” is under 13 years of age.
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On August 6, 2020, President Trump signed executive orders imposing new economic sanctions under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the National Emergencies Act against TikTok and WeChat. The orders potentially affect tens of millions of U.S. users of these applications and billions of users worldwide.
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