Category: user data

Telegram Hands Over Personal User Data to German Authorities

Operators of the messenger app Telegram transferred personal information of its users to the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), deviating from the company’s earlier claims of shielding such data from governments. The personal data is related to users who were suspects of terrorism and child abuse crimes, according to Spiegel. In the case of…


Google Takes Legal Action Over Germany’s Expanded Hate-Speech Law

BERLIN—Google said on Tuesday that it was taking legal action over an expanded version of Germany’s hate-speech law that recently took effect, saying its provisions violated the right to privacy of its users. The Alphabet unit, which runs video-sharing site YouTube, filed suit at the administrative court in Cologne to challenge a provision that allows…


Austrian Activist Schrems’ Facebook Complaint Referred to EU Court

BERLIN—Austria’s Supreme Court has questioned the legal basis on which Facebook collects user data and referred key issues for a ruling by Europe’s top court, after awarding symbolic damages to activist Max Schrems in his privacy case against the company. In a 34-page ruling, the Austrian court accepted the request from Schrems, who has waged…


LINE Messaging App Exposed Users to Data Access by China-Based Company

Japan’s popular messaging app LINE recently admitted that its users’ personal data stored on its server in Japan could be accessed by China-based engineers that the company had outsourced to. In an official response, LINE admitted that user data had been accessed more than 32 times and that it is now setting up a committee…


Popular Fertility App Sued Over Allegedly Sharing Personal Data with Chinese Firms

A popular fertility app has been sued for allegedly sending personal data to Chinese analytics firms without users’ consent. Premom, a digital ovulation tracker owned by Illinois-based company Easy Healthcare, came under scrutiny last year when a privacy watchdog group found that the app on Android devices was sharing data about the user without permission,…