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Shoppers Using Mall Kiosks Unknowingly Photographed

Watchdogs say Cadillac Fairview broke Canadian privacy laws

(Newser) - A commercial real estate company behind major shopping malls in Canada broke privacy laws in taking 5 million photos of shoppers and using facial recognition technology without their knowledge, according to federal and provincial privacy commissioners. Cadillac Fairview embedded inconspicuous cameras at digital information kiosks at 12 shopping malls—two...

Schools Debating Whether to Reveal Students' COVID Status

Boston University joins UA in not informing faculty, other students of infected students in their classes

(Newser) - University of Alabama professors aren't the only ones "terrified" of an administration directive on COVID-19 in their own classrooms. Last week, it was reported that instructors there received an email from higher-ups warning them not to reveal to the rest of the class if anyone in that class...

Don't Ignore Those Privacy Policy Emails
Don't Ignore Those
Privacy Policy Emails
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Don't Ignore Those Privacy Policy Emails

They reveal important changes in how your data is collected and shared: Mona Ibrahim

(Newser) - You've probably noticed emails about companies' privacy policy changes arriving in your inbox. It's less likely you've read them—though it's important you do, says lawyer Mona Ibrahim. Writing at Polygon , Ibrahim notes the emails may be "asking permission to do and track a lot...

It's Totally Legal to Take Pics Up Women's Skirts in GA

Court of Appeals says legislature needs to change the law

(Newser) - It's completely legal for people in Georgia to take photos and videos up women's skirts without their knowledge, according to a 6-3 Court of Appeals ruling this week. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the ruling stems from an incident in which a grocery store clerk was caught taking multiple...

Regulators Take Stern Look at Facebook Study

As Cornell clarifies its involvement

(Newser) - Facebook's controversial emotional manipulation study has users outraged and, at least in Europe, regulators are responding. The study has prompted "several" European data protection agencies, including Britain's Information Commissioner's Office and Ireland's Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, to look into whether Facebook broke privacy...

States, Sick of Waiting for Congress, Take on Privacy

Companies worry about patchwork regulations

(Newser) - It's been more than a year since the White House proposed a sweeping new set of consumer privacy regulations, and in that time Congress has done exactly nothing with it. So frustrated state legislatures are taking up the issue instead, the New York Times reports today, highlighting the efforts...

Supreme Court Kills Arizona 'Proof of Citizenship' Law

Justices say anti-immigrant measure interferes with federal law

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today struck down an Arizona law requiring people to show proof that they're US citizens in order to register to vote. In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled that the law, which was approved by voters as a ballot proposition, conflicted with a 1993 federal law...

France to Arrest Pap Who Snapped Kate Pics: Report

Sources say photographer's identity has been given to police

(Newser) - Fallout from the Kate Middleton topless photo debacle continues: French police are about to arrest the paparazzo who took the pictures, sources claim. The photographer’s name has been given to investigators, and he’s “expected to be held for questioning imminently,” a source tells the Mirror . Police...

German Official: Facebook 'Like' Button Unlawful

Legislator says plug-in violates privacy laws

(Newser) - Facebook users in Germany probably won't like this news. A German official has ruled that the site's popular "like" plug-in violates European Union privacy laws, reports the Washington Post . The official says the feature tracks the habits of users, and sites based in his Schleswig-Holstein district will...

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