IBM will pony up $1 million worth of technology to the city of Los Angeles for COVID-19 contact tracing, and The Weather Channel app will change its privacy practices regarding use of user location data.

The changes come with the settlement of a lawsuit that accused the app of misleading users as to how their information was being used.

“The requirement for maintaining data privacy has increased as privacy regulations have been adopted by many more jurisdictions since they were first announced” and that fines for violations “have multiplied” and are often accompanied by other “severe” penalties, said Steve Durbin, managing director at Information Security Forum (ISF).

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