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Amazon’s Ring allegedly let employees access customer video feeds

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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…

Federal appeals court says police must get warrants for wireless location data

Report: Wireless geolocation data being resold to unauthorized parties

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U.S. mobile carriers T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T have been sharing customers’ geolocation information with third-party partners, who go on to sell that data to additional companies until it winds up in the hands of unauthorized individuals. Citing anonymous sources, a new exposé from Motherboard focuses heavily on the credit reporting company MicroBilt, which is known to purchase carrier…

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

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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,…

Not using Facebook? Apps still sharing your data with the company, says study

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A newly released study of 34 prominent Android apps found that roughly 68 percent of them share user data with Facebook even when the device operator isn’t actively logged into the social media service or, for that matter, never created a Facebook account. In such instances, the apps typically communicate to the social media giant…

Facebook subjected to lawsuit, exposé over user data practices

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District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine yesterday filed a civil lawsuit against Facebook, claiming the social media giant’s failure to properly safeguard its users’ data constitutes a violation of the district’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act (CCPA). The lawsuit seeks payment from Facebook in the form of financial restitution and civil penalties, and also asks the…

Data Care Act introduced by Democrat Senate group

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A group of 15 Senators has introduced the Data Care Act, a measure designed to protect Americans information online and penalize companies that do not properly safeguard such data. The Data Care Act, introduced by Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, would require websites, apps, and other online providers to take responsible steps to safeguard personal information and…

Plans include an open standard that would shrink users' dependency on passwords.

Biometrics and AI firm team up for first U.S. biometric database amidst criticism

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Biometrics firm SureID and AI-startup firm Robbie.AI are teaming up to launch the first U.S. biometric database. SureID has a nationwide network of fingerprint enrollment kiosks while Robbie.AI uses technology to authenticate using AI-based facial recognition and behavioral prediction that could be combined to create a nationwide biometric databased for consumer focused initiatives, according to…

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Facebook testing location history feature on Instagram

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Facebook is testing a new tracking location feature on Instagram that would allow Facebook to build up a user’s location history from data collected on a user’s phone. It’s possible this feature could upset users who want to limit Facebook’s surveillance in their lives as some users have feared Instagram may be exploited to squeeze…

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