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Irish Regulator Hits
TikTok With $367M Fine
Sep 15, 2023 10:07 AM CDT
Irish Regulator Hits TikTok With $367M Fine
Watchdog says social media app violated EU law on handling of children's data
- Irish eyes are not smiling on how TikTok handled children's data in the second half of 2020. After reviewing the company's procedures during that period, Ireland's data watchdog fined the social media company $367 million for breaking European Union law and issued a reprimand, the
Amazon Fined $25M
in Child Privacy Case
Jun 1, 2023 4:21 AM CDT
Amazon Fined $25M in Child Privacy Case
Company also has to pay refunds over Ring privacy issues
- Amazon agreed Wednesday to pay a $25 million civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations it violated a child privacy law and deceived parents by keeping for years kids' voice and location data recorded by its popular Alexa voice assistant. Separately, the company agreed to pay $5.8 million...
EU's Fine Against Amazon Was
Huge. Meta's Is Even Bigger
May 22, 2023 6:05 AM CDT
EU's Fine Against Amazon Was Huge. Meta's Is Even Bigger
Facebook parent hit with record $1.3B penalty in longtime privacy case over US cybersnooping fears
- The European Union slapped Meta with a record $1.3 billion privacy fine Monday and ordered it to stop transferring user data across the Atlantic by October, the latest salvo in a decade-long case sparked by US cybersnooping fears. The penalty fine of 1.2 billion euros from Ireland's...
Jan 21, 2023 6:30 AM CST
Women Buying Abortion Pills Online Have Another Worry
ProPublica finds that pharmacies are sharing data that could wind up in hands of prosecutors
- Third-party trackers are a common nuisance for anyone who buys something online. But a ProPublica investigation has found that women who buy abortion pills on the internet face the possibility of more than a nuisance—they might get prosecuted. The outlet discovered that at least nine online pharmacies that sell...
Executives Quit Twitter
Nov 10, 2022 4:50 PM CST
Security, Compliance Executives Quit Twitter
FTC warns company, which risks violating consent decree
- Federal regulators expressed alarm Thursday after several privacy and security executives resigned from Twitter. Those leaving include the chief information security officer, chief privacy officer, and chief compliance officer, the
reports. The news was met with a warning from the Federal Trade Commission, which said it could take...
Warning Puts a Damper on
Lawmakers' Use of TikTok
Aug 11, 2022 9:25 AM CDT
Warning Puts a Damper on Lawmakers' Use of TikTok
Memo from chamber's Chief Administrative Office warns against app due to privacy, security concerns
- Even members of the US House of Representatives and their staff like to catch the latest viral dance video on TikTok, but a new warning from the chamber's Chief Administrative Office may have them rethinking using the popular social-media app. "We do not recommend the download or use...
IRS Outsources Online Security
to Private Company
Jan 21, 2022 4:42 PM CST
IRS Outsources Online Security to Private Company
Video selfies will be required for some online functions by this summer
- The bane of some people’s existence, the Internal Revenue Service, is about to make life a little harder this summer. American taxpayers will be unable to perform most functions at IRS.gov without providing a video selfie to a private identity verification company, CNBC reports. Do not panic yet—...
Dec 29, 2021 7:45 AM CST
Plaintiffs Nab Small Victory in Google Privacy Case
Judge rules that Sundar Pichai can be questioned regarding complaint about Chrome browser
- If you use Google Chrome and don't want the web browser to remember where you've been, you can head into "Incognito" mode, which ostensibly keeps your activity private. A lawsuit now brings under the microscope the meaning of what "private" actually means, and a California federal...
Priest Case Shows
of App Data Is Here
Jul 22, 2021 12:25 PM CDT
Priest Case Shows 'Weaponization' of App Data Is Here
Supposedly 'anonymous' data exposed his use of gay dating app
- A Catholic priest resigned from a top role at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops this week after a news site exposed his alleged use of the Grindr gay hookup app—but Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill isn't the only person in the US with secrets to hide, and analysts say...
Facebook Plans Workaround
on Instagram's Age Minimum
Mar 19, 2021 5:30 PM CDT
Facebook Plans Workaround on Instagram's Age Minimum
Criticism meets internal announcement about allowing users under 13
- Two days after saying it needs to do better at protecting its youngest customers, Facebook has said in an internal post that it's developing an Instagram app that would add users under age 13. Federal privacy regulations don't allow children younger than 13 to use the app as...
in case you missed it
May 24, 2020 10:13 AM CDT
Woman Must Delete Photos of Grandchildren on Facebook
Court in Netherlands rules GDPR covers case
- A Dutch court has interpreted the General Data Protection Regulation to cover a woman's posting of photos of her grandchildren on Facebook. That means, in this case, she has to take the photos down, the BBC reports, because she lacks the parents' permission to post them. After a rift...
Zoom Hid Security
Apr 8, 2020 9:50 AM CDT
Zoom Hid Security Flaws: Shareholder
Class-action lawsuit also claims unauthorized disclosure of personal info
- Shares in videoconferencing app Zoom hit record highs at the end of last month as COVID-19 forced people to work and socialize from home. Then came the drop, coinciding with concerns about " zoombombing " and other security and privacy issues. Another drop in stock price came Tuesday, with shares...
Working From Home During
Virus? Beware of 'Zoombombs'
Apr 1, 2020 12:27 PM CDT
Working From Home During Virus? Beware of 'Zoombombs'
FBI warns that hackers are 'hijacking' videoconferencing app
- As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, people stuck at home have taken to using videoconferencing apps to hold work meetings and chat with family and friends. One such app that's become ubiquitous: Zoom, founded by Cisco engineer Eric Yuan. But be careful before you log in for that virtual...
Google 'Bug' Sent Videos
to the Wrong Users
Feb 4, 2020 8:31 AM CST
Google 'Bug' Sent Videos to the Wrong Users
If you downloaded content from Google Photos using Google Takeout, you may have been affected
- On Monday evening, some users of Google Takeout, which lets you download data from your Google apps, received what the Verge calls a "nonchalant email" from the company about a "technical issue," and it's one that's raising eyebrows . Per a statement sent by Google to...
Facebook Hit With Biggest FTC
Fine Ever for Tech Firm
Jul 24, 2019 9:17 AM CDT
Facebook Hit With Biggest FTC Fine Ever for Tech Firm
Company slammed with $5B penalty over privacy; Zuckerberg escapes serious personal liability
- Federal regulators have fined Facebook $5 billion for privacy violations and are instituting new oversight and restrictions on its business—but they're only holding CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally responsible in a limited fashion. The fine is the largest the Federal Trade Commission has levied on a tech company, though...
Millions Having Fun
Now, the Downside
Jul 18, 2019 11:41 AM CDT
Millions Having Fun With FaceApp. Now, the Downside
Critics say users are jeopardizing their own privacy through Russian-made app
- You may have seen the wrinkled faces of friends online, or shared your own, thanks to an aging filter that transforms user photos via the viral FaceApp. The Russian-made app has been around since 2017 but has seen new interest with the viral #FaceAppChallenge and #AgeChallenge, with participants including Lil...
UK Age Checks for Porn
Will Take Effect in July
Apr 17, 2019 4:25 PM CDT
UK Age Checks for Porn Will Take Effect in July
Opponents say new laws threaten privacy
- Starting July 15, UK websites will have to run "robust" age checks on users before providing pornography—or face being blocked by the government. Sites also could lose access to payment services if they don't ensure customers are over 18, the
reports. The age verification requirement is...
Yep, It's Another
Mar 21, 2019 2:02 PM CDT
Yep, It's Another Privacy Problem for Facebook
Millions of passwords were stored in plain text, a big no-no
- Facebook left millions of user passwords readable by its employees for years, the company said Thursday, an acknowledgement it offered after a security researcher posted about the issue online. "Security rule 101 dictates that under no circumstances passwords should be stored in plain text, and at all times must...
Facebook Says It Gave
4 Chinese Companies Access
Jun 6, 2018 10:10 AM CDT
Facebook Says It Gave 4 Chinese Companies Access
One of which was Huawei, which has lawmakers unnerved
- Days after the
New York Times
came out with a report alleging that Facebook improperly let other companies have access to users' personal information comes a follow-up from the
that reports the group included four Chinese companies—one of which US intelligence has identified as a possible national security...
Zuckerberg Says He
Was One of the 87M
Apr 11, 2018 10:50 AM CDT
Zuckerberg Says He Was One of the 87M
Facebook CEO's own data was scooped up by Cambridge Analytica
- Mark Zuckerberg was back on Capitol Hill Wednesday, and he told lawmakers in a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing that his own Facebook information was compromised in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, with Zuckerberg numbering as one of the 87 million users whose data was shared. Reuters reports he didn'...
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