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Illinois Supreme Court: Six Flags violated state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act


In a test of the enforceability of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that a 14-year-old boy was entitled to statutory damages – between $1,000 to $5,000 – after a Six Flags amusement park issuing a season pass didn’t get his express permission before fingerprinting him. “The Illinois law does…


EPIC, Open Markets Institute and other groups urge FTC to break up Facebook


The Electronic Privacy Information Center announced it has joined a coalition of groups urging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC ) in a letter to break up Facebook  as well as issue strong penalties against the social media giant. The coalition also consists of the Open Market Institute,Electronic Privacy Information Center Color of Change, Common Sense…

ACLU demands Justice Dept. reveal facial recognition tech use


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of Massachusetts are demanding the Justice Department reveal how the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies are using facial recognition technology. The rights organization has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to compel the department about the use of the technology “and what safeguards,…

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French privacy regulator fines Google $57M for GDPR violation


French regulators hit Google with a $57 million fine for violating GDPR rules that took effect last May by being less than upfront about how user data is collected and used. French data privacy agency CNIL levied the fine, the first against a U.S. company since GDPR took effect last spring, noting that Google “Essential…

Collection 1 breach prompts calls for security updates, investment


While the Collection 1 data dump – a whopping 773 million unique emails  – dazzled with its size, it also underscored the need to shift away from reliance on passwords and renewed calls for investments in more up-to-date and reliable security.  “The sheer size and almost certain impacts of “Collection 1” are historic, but unfortunately…

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ACLU suit seeks social media surveillance records from seven fed agencies


The U.S. government’s social media surveillance activities, including the monitoring of immigrants and visa applications under the Trump administration’s extreme vetting effort, are in the crosshairs of a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Northern California. The suit, which takes aim at actions of the…

Amazon’s Ring allegedly let employees access customer video feeds


Amazon’s Ring devices reportedly granted the company’s Ukraine-based research and development team as well as U.S. executives and engineers virtually unfettered round the clock access to live feeds from some customer’s cameras, claims which Ring denies. The workers, regardless of whether they needed the information or not, allegedly had access to a folder on Amazon’s…

Unsecured MongoDB exposes 200M records of Chinese job seekers


For more at least a week in December, an open MongoDB server exposed more than 200 million records with resumes of Chinese job seekers. On December 28, Bob Diachenko, director of cyber risk research at HackenProof, discovered an 854GB MongoDB database, containing information on “candidates’ skills and work experience but also on their personal info,…

ACLU urges Senate to grill AG nominee Barr on surveillance, privacy


As Congress prepares to question William Barr in confirmation hearings to become Attorney General, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is warning lawmakers that Barr’s “record regarding the right to privacy and the Fourth Amendment…raises serious concerns about his suitability” to hold the post. Contending that Barr helped create the U.S.’s surveillance state during his stint…

California forecast: Mostly sunny with a chance of a Weather Channel privacy lawsuit


The State of California is suing The Weather Company (TWC) for allegedly misleading users about why their extremely precise location data was needed. The lawsuit claims TWC  told its users that it collects data to personalize alerts and forecast but in reality, uses the data to profit from the selling of location data to advertisers,…

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