Ransomware Attacks Threaten US Hospital Systems, FBI Warns; Wikipedia Locks Presidential Page a Week Before US Election; $2.3M Allegedly Stolen by Hackers, WISGOP Says; Report: UK Agency Not Holding Companies Accountable for Breaking Rules.
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By Robert Bateman
The U.K. government is planning a significant overhaul of its privacy laws in a move that experts told Digital Privacy News risked damaging the country’s economy and relations with the European Union.
The government’s national data strategy, published last month, says that the U.K. “will control its own data protection laws and regulations in line with its interests” after the country’s transition out of the EU.
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US Charges 8 in Alleged Chinese Surveillance Effort; Issues Laid Bare as Facebook, Twitter, Google CEOs Are Grilled by GOP Senators; Microsoft: Iranian Hackers Posed as Conference Organizers; NSA Avoids Questions on ‘Backdoors’ in Tech Products.
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By Patrick W. Dunne
California residents will vote Tuesday on a divisive privacy initiative: Prop 24, also known as the California Privacy Rights and Enforcement Act.
Alastair Mactaggart, the San Francisco developer, wrote and financed Prop 24 to enhance or adjust provisions of his previous initiative, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA).
Prop 24 would require businesses to provide customers with an opt-out regarding the collection of their private data and would limit how that information is used and stored.
“Prop 24 aims to give California privacy-first protection like Europe has under the General Data Protection Regulation since 2016,” Mactaggart told Digital Privacy News.
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Facebook, Twitter, Google CEOs to Face Grilling From GOP Senators; Apple, Google, Microsoft, Others Affected by Huge Nitro Data Breach; FCC to Leave Net Neutrality Rule Unchanged; Google Employees Exposed in Law Firm Data Breach. Click “Continue reading” below.
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By Jackson Chen
Big Tech CEOs again are testifying before Congress — this time on Wednesday — about how they run their companies, but now they are in front of a Republican-led panel of the U.S. Senate.
CEOs from Twitter, Google and Facebook will be questioned by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on the liability shield that companies operate under, as well as its content-moderation practices and effect on consumer privacy.
Specifically, the session will discuss how Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act offers online platforms immunity from the content that’s published by its users and if it has allowed tech giants to enable unintended behavior.
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Microsoft Is No. 4 Contributor to Biden Campaign; US Judge Denies New Bid to Block WeChat From App Stores; COVID-19 Vaccine Maker in India Hit by Cyberattack; US Sanctions Russian Research Institution. Click “Continue reading” below.
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By Rachel Looker
The 2020 presidential election is a week away — and with it comes the chance for each candidate to determine the direction of data-privacy issues for the next four years.
From regulating social media platforms to enacting stronger privacy legislation, either Republican President Donald Trump or former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden may get the chance to shape the future of digital privacy if re-elected or elected to office.
“When we’re sitting here in January 2021, we will continue to see both the new Congress and the next administration discuss data privacy in some way,” Jennifer Huddleston, director of technology and innovation policy at the American Action Forum (AAF), told Digital Privacy News.
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La. National Guard Called to Stop Cyberattacks Before the Election; Ransomware Attack in Ga. County Hits Election Database; US, UK Sanction Iran and Russia; Google Must Respond to Antitrust Lawsuit by Dec. 19. Click “Continue reading” below.
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Americans Deserve ‘Full Accounting’ From Big Tech CEOs on Their Practices
By Jeff Benson
Nearly two weeks ago, The New York Post published what it deemed a bombshell story allegedly linking Hunter Biden to a Ukrainian-influence campaign on his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden.
Many social media users didn’t hear about it until later.
Twitter blocked the article for purportedly breaching its privacy policies, while Facebook slowed down dissemination so the report could be fact-checked.
The incident put further strain on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which gives online publishers broad discretion to moderate content submitted by users.
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Google’s AI Tech to Be Used For US-Mexico Border Surveillance; Facebook Oversight Board to Review Company Policies; Researcher Hacks Trump’s Twitter Account After Guessing Password; DOJ’s Google Case Likely to Get More Attention If Biden Wins, Experts Say. Click “Continue reading” below.
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By Rob Sabo
Photography’s shift from film to digital has brought about an unprecedented explosion of images taken.
In 2000, for instance, Kodak reported that consumers snapped a record 80 billion film photos. But this year, consumers are expected to capture 1.4 trillion digital images via smartphones, webcams, GoPros, drones and DSLR cameras.
Digital now rules the photography realm, but the power of the printed image hasn’t dissipated.
Photo-printing apps — Snapfish and Shutterfly, along with Costco, Walmart, Walgreens and other retailers — allow customers to upload and print digital images from smartphones or other devices.
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US Accuses Iran of Sending Intimidating Emails to Democrats as Election Nears; Mozilla Fears ‘Collateral Damage’ From Google Antitrust Battle; House Republicans Press VA for Details on Big Data Breach; Scammers Using Election for Online Profit, Facebook Says; US Citizens Alarmed Over Political Misinformation, Poll Finds. Click “Continue reading” below.
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Experts: Google Lawsuit Shows US Failure to Protect Consumer Privacy
By Jackson Chen
The U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against Google illustrates how federal regulators failed to protect consumer privacy as technology companies exploded to dominate — if not control — nearly every aspect of American life, experts told Digital Privacy News.
“What you’re seeing is the result of years and years of the Federal Trade Commission’s failure to take privacy into consideration,” said Caitriona Fitzgerald of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).
“When you’re looking at a big company like Google or Facebook, so much of the way it is now is because they want so much of that personal data they hold.”
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Justice Department Case Unlikely to Break Up Google, Analysts Say; Google’s Waze App Allows Hackers to Track User Locations; 5 Dem Senators Urge DHS to Drop Biometrics Collection Proposal; 9GB of Personal Information Exposed in Ohio School District Breach. Click “Continue reading” below.
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By Nora Macaluso
When you register to vote in any election, you may be giving out more information than you think. And, depending on where you live, that data may be readily available to anyone who wants it — no questions asked.
For his 2012 reelection campaign, Democratic President Barack Obama’s team pioneered the use of big data for political use, amassing a huge database of potential voters to target with ads and get-out-the-vote efforts.
Republicans followed suit — and now both parties have access to troves of data they can manipulate to target specific voter groups.
Campaigns use big data to “track voter participation and build their parties,” Connie Uthoff, of the George Washington University’s College of Professional Studies, told Digital Privacy News.
The problem is “state law varies about voter information, and states mandate how it can be used,” she said.
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Justice Department Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google; Japan Joins US and Europe in Regulating Big-Tech Firms; EU Investigates Instagram for Allegedly Breaking Irish Privacy Laws; 6 Russian Military Officers Charged in Large Hacking Campaign; Russian National Tried in Paris in Bitcoin Fraud. Click “Continue reading” below.
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Tech Giant Reaches Settlement for Breaching Ill. Biometric Privacy Laws
By Patrick W. Dunne
Facebook may owe you as much as $400.
The social media giant recently settled a class-action lawsuit and agreed to pay out $650 million to Illinois residents for violating the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), one of the strictest laws of its kind.
Known as Patel vs. Facebook, the case initially was brought by a group of plaintiffs in the Northern District of California in San Francisco, alleging the company had violated BIPA, which was enacted in 2008.
In August 2019, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, also in San Francisco, affirmed the district court’s recognition of Facebook’s harm, stating that the company could not violate privacy rights.
The settlement was reached in July.
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Google Revises Fitbit Deal to Satisfy EU Antitrust Concerns; Instagram to Clamp Down on ‘Hidden Advertising’; Twitter CEO Accepts Blame for Blocking Hunter Biden Story; University of Miami Used Surveillance to Identify Protesters. Click “Continue reading” below.
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‘Work From Home Is Still Work and Subject to Work Rules’
By Victor Bradley
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in May, Gallup found that 52% of employed U.S. adults worked from home full-time, versus fewer than 6% as recently as 2017.
As such, employers increasingly have turned to technology to monitor and analyze employee behavior. These include AI-capable systems, which they claim to use big data-based insights to identify — even predict — problematic employee behaviors.
But Daniel E. Eaton, a lecturer in employment law and business ethics at San Diego State University’s Fowler College of Business, told Digital Privacy News that federal privacy rights for workers were limited in general, leaving this new frontier essentially unregulated.
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