Daily Digest (4/20)

Confirmed COVID-19 Case Data Mistakenly Leaked in Mich. County; Appeals Court Can’t Help Android Users Battling Google, Judge Rules; Survey: 80% of Consumers Support Federal Data-Privacy Laws. Click below to read more.

Confirmed COVID-19 Case Data Mistakenly Leaked in Mich. County

A map containing government information on confirmed coronavirus cases in Oakland County, Mich., was leaked by mistake last week, officials said.

The data from the Oakland County Health Division included gender, race, age, address and mortality status, WDIV-TV’s Click-on-Detroit, reports. Not included were names, Social Security numbers or any other health information, officials said.

The map was shared on the WeChat app after it was breached Tuesday about 7 p.m. before it was secured at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Officials said the map was accidentally marked as public when it had been recently uploaded — and peak views occurred at 10 p.m. Tuesday, though they declined by midnight.

The county is located outside Detroit.

Source: Click on Detroit (external link)

Appeals Court Can’t Help Android Users Battling Google, Judge Rules

A federal judge has refused a motion to appeal a prior dismissal that Google breached the California Invasion of Privacy Act with its location tracking.

U.S. District Court Judge Edward Davila, in San Jose, Calif., ruled in the case Thursday, MediaPost reports.

“Accepting plaintiffs’ reasoning would effectively entitle any party that is adversely affected by a non-dispositive motion to interlocutory review,” Davila wrote in his decision.

The case originated in 2018, when residents alleged in a class-action suit that Google’s location-tracking practices violated the California privacy law, the state constitution and a state prohibition on “intrusion upon seclusion.”

The privacy concept involves an intentional and “highly offensive” intrusion into a private place.

The legal action came days after The Associated Press disclosed that Google stored location data gathered from its services, including search and maps, even when users turned off the “Location History” setting, MediaPost reports.

Source: Media Post (external link)

Survey: 80% of Consumers Support Federal Data-Privacy Laws

Eighty percent of consumers surveyed by Jebbit, a Boston-based data platform, said they backed federal data-privacy legislation — up six percentage points from last year.

The results of Jebbit’s Consumer Data Trust Index, released Wednesday, found “continued support” for such laws as the California Consumer Privacy Act and Europe’s GDPR on the federal level.

The index also found declining trust among consumers for brands that requested too much information. On that scale, Amazon, Google and Microsoft were ranked among the top 10 for consumer trust of data practices, while Facebook placed 96th.

“With overall trust near all-time lows, brands must take the opportunity to demonstrate an equitable value exchange and regain consumer trust,” said Jebbit President Jonathan Lacoste.

Source: Jebbit Blog (external link)

— By DPN Staff