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Google fined $170M for allegedly improper collection of kids’ data from YouTube channels

The Federal Trade Commission and New York Attorney General’s office today announced that Google and its subsidiary YouTube agreed to an unprecedented $170 million in fines for allegedly using cookies to harvest personal data from minors without parental consent and then serve behavioral ads based on this information. Such actions are in violation of the…

Facebook publicly releases emails related to data scraping, Cambridge Analytica

Facebook late last week released a string of emails that discuss the social media giant’s internal conversation over the possibility that some Facebook contractors were violating the company’s terms of service when extracting data from profiles. The documents were released due to agreement between Facebook and the District of Columbia attorney general’s office. Facebook originally…

UK businesses far more confident re GDPR than their European counterparts

Researcher: GDPR’s Right of Access policy can be abused to steal others’ personal info

An Oxford University scholar says he was able to trick dozens of European companies into sending him sensitive data about his fiancée, simply by impersonating her while invoking GDPR’s “Right of Access” policy. Doctor of philosophy student James Pavur, who presented his research findings Thursday at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, exploited the policy…

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…

Computer password inventor Fernando Corbató dies at 93

Pioneering computer scientist Fernando “Corby” Corbató, regarded as the inventor of the computer password and a key contributor in the development of time-sharing computer systems, died last Friday, July 12, in Newburyport, Massachusetts at the age of 93. Corbató’s Compatible Time-Sharing System (CTSS) allowed multiple users to work on a computer simultaneously, according to an…

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Gay dating app fined $240,000 for leaking nudes and other personal data

The makers of the gay dating app Jack’d was fined $240,000 by the New York Attorney General’s Office for leaking private data and nude photos.  Online Buddies, Inc. was charged with failure to protect private photos of users of its ‘Jack’d’ dating application, and the nude images of approximately 1,900 users in the gay, bisexual,…

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Venmo transaction scraped in privacy warning to consumers

A year after being called out for a feature that exposed customers’ transactions, Venmo continues to leak hundreds of millions of transactions. Independent researcher Dan Salmon was able to scrape together millions of Venmo transactions over the course of six months and warned users to set their payments to private after privacy researchers warned the…

7.7 million LabCorp patients affected by same breach that impacted Quest Diagnostics

One day after Quest Diagnostics reported that nearly 12 million of its patients were potentially affected by a malicious breach of third-party bill collection vendor American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), fellow clinical testing firm LabCorp acknowledged that roughly 7.7 million of its customers may be affected by the same incident. Burlington, North Carolina-based LabCorp publicly…

Calif. Assembly passes CCPA amendment that would exclude employee data from protections

The California Assembly on May 29 passed AB 25, an amendment to the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 that would exclude employees and job applicants from the legislation’s definition of “consumer.” The proposed law, which passed unanimously 77-0-3, is now in the hands of the California Senate. Under the terms of the amendment, an…

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