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Federal court says Facebook users can sue over use of facial recognition technology

A federal appeals court has given Facebook users the nod to sue the social media giant for violating their privacy rights by using facial recognition technology without their consent. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s ruling that Facebook users in Illinois could bring a class action suit against Facebook under the…

Russian hacking group STRONTIUM attacking corporate IoT devices, Microsoft says

A state-backed Russian hacking group, dubbed STRONTIUM, has been attacking corporate IoT devices, according to a blog post recounting the finds of researchers at Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center. In April, the researchers “discovered infrastructure of a known adversary communicating to several external devices as well as “attempts by the actor to compromise popular IoT devices (a…

Appeals court rejects Google privacy settlement over tracking cookies

A federal appeals court tossed Google’s settlement of a class action suit accusing the company of privacy violations by using tracking cookies despite users’ privacy settings saying otherwise. A three-member Third Circuit Court of Appeals panel said it was unclear if the proposed $5.5 million settlement was sufficient or fair and recommended the case be…

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Apple halts contractors listening to Siri recordings, will offer opt-out

Apple will temporarily suspend its practice of allowing human contractors to grade snippets recordings of Siri conversations for accuracy. The move follows a Guardian report in which a former worker claimed contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex” as part of their job.  While Apple says user requests…

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Personal info on 2,500 LAPD members, 17.5K applicants stolen

A hacker contacted the Los Angeles Information Technology Agency last week and claiming to have stolen personal information of 2,500 members of the LAPD and 17,500 applicants to the police force. “Out of an abundance of caution we’re applying extra layers of security around our personnel system and enhancing defenses,” L.A. General Manager Ted Ross…

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Capital One hacker who stole personal info on 100M arrested

The FBI arrested a former software engineer from Seattle on charges of computer fraud and abuse after she accessed Capital One Financial Corp. data through a misconfigured web application firewall and stole Social Security numbers, names, birth dates, bank account numbers and other personal information on more than 100 million people. Paige A. Thompson, 33,…

FTC levies historic fine on Facebook for privacy violations

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today announced that it has penalized Facebook $5 billion as punishment for what it described as deceptive privacy practices, and imposed new restrictions on the social media giant. Facebook likewise announced that it has agreed to the terms of the deal. In conjunction, the Department of Justice officially filed a…

Equifax to pay up to $425 million for breach in FTC settlement

Equifax will pay between $330 million to $425 million to a restitution fund for victims in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over a 2017 breach that exposed the personal information of 148 million people. The company came under fire for its poor security practices that had it missing an Apache Struts vulnerability responsible…

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