US state attorneys general urge Apple to better protect reproductive health data

Ten US state attorneys generals issued a letter to Apple to take action to better protect reproductive health information. In response to the US Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade, which protected the constitutional right to abortion, at least 14 states have tightened restrictions on, or criminalised, abortion. The coalition of attorneys general expressed concerns in the letter that users’ private information stored in third-party apps could be weaponised against individuals seeking or providing abortions. Against this background, the attorneys general urged Apple to protect reproductive health data from being wrongfully exploited by requiring app developers whose apps are hosted on the App Store to either certify to Apple or include the following measures in their privacy policies:
– Delete data that is not essential for the use of the app, including location history, search history, and any other data of consumers who may be seeking, accessing, or assisting reproductive healthcare providers;
– Provide notices on the potential for App Store applications to disclose third-party user data related to reproductive healthcare, and require that apps do so only when required by a valid subpoena, search warrant, or court order;
– For apps that collect reproductive health data, implement at least the same privacy policies as Apple concerning that data.

Google to pay record-breaking privacy settlement for location tracking

In the USA, Google will pay the biggest privacy settlement of US$391.5 million, following 40 states’ investigations of the company’s misleading location tracking practices between 2014 and 2020. According to the investigations, the users thought that they had disabled location tracking in their account settings, while Google still collected user location data through its other apps. In addition to paying the settlement sum, Google also agreed to provide more detailed information about location tracking, including what kind of data is still collected when location tracking is turned off for some settings, but not others. Moreover, it shall inform the users how to disable location tracking, erase data collected in the settings, and set data retention limits.

African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection | African Union

The Malabo Convention was drafted in 2011 and adopted in 2014. By March 2022, 14 African Union member sates signed the convention and 13 ratified it.

The Convention provides 34 definitions including those for child pornography, computer data, cryptology, electronic commerce, interconnection of personal data, and personal data, establishing an effective legal framework addressing electronic transactions, personal data protection, cybersecurity and cybercrime.