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Facebook Drops Default Facial Recognition Tag Suggestions

Perhaps FB is beginning to understand the public's suspicion of facial recognition?... [...] Facebook is giving users more control over a facial recognition feature used by the company to help identify, or Tag, people on its platform. Starting Tuesday, the company said it would allow its users to opt-out of the Tag Suggestions feature, while at the same time the company is attempting to help users better understand what the feature does. Facebook said it will replace the

British Airways E-Ticketing Flaw Exposes Passenger Flight, Personal Data

BA have not had a good time recently with IT. Here's one more problem to deal with ...: [...] Researchers on Tuesday said that check-in links being sent by British Airways to their passengers via email are unencrypted – opening them up to an attack that could expose victims’ booking reference numbers, phone numbers, email addresses and more. Researchers told Threatpost they estimate that 2.5 million connections were made to the affected British Airways domains over the past

What should a US federal data privacy law ideally include?

In the constant David-and-Goliath struggle between digital privacy advocates and corporate privacy invaders, the question of how to legally protect Americans with a comprehensive, federal data privacy law provides conflicting answers. Advocates want protections, which Big Tech interprets as restrictions. As of today, there is no one digital privacy law to rule them all. While a few state laws exist that protect consumer privacy here in the US, overarching federal legislat

The WhatsApp Hack – Practice Good Phone Hygiene and Update Your Apps

This advice from law firm Robinson & Cole. Not exactly earth shattering but worth repeating...: WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging app announced a hack and the exposure of a security flaw this week. The flaw injected malware onto users’ phones, potentially exposing their otherwise encrypted data and messages. WhatsApp allows users to instant message and make phone calls throughout the world. The app features described on its website include simple, secure, and relia

Facebook May Face $5 Billion FTC Fine for Data Misuse

Ouch!...: [...] The social-media giant in a Wednesday release for its Q1 2019 earnings said that it was setting aside $3 to $5 billion as a contingency expense “in connection with” the FTC’s investigation of its user-data practices. “In the first quarter of 2019, we reasonably estimated a probable loss and recorded an accrual of $3 billion in connection with the inquiry of the FTC into our platform and user-data practices, which accrual is included in accrued expenses

Roller Coaster Start to the New Year for Biometrics: Rosenbach v. Six Flags and Emerging Biometric Laws

If you fancy bringing yourself up to date with biometrics and the law (at least in the U.S.), especially in light of the drive to implement in the workplace, read on...: A recent decision from the Supreme Court of Illinois heightens the risks faced by companies collecting biometric information by holding that an individual who is the subject of a violation of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act—but who suffered no separate harm from the violation—is an “aggrieved par

Facebook Boots Hundreds of Iran-Linked Accounts For Spreading Misinformation

Read this in conjunction with the recent twitter announcement. Bots are everywhere..: Facebook has booted hundreds of Iran-linked pages, groups and accounts from its social media platform that it claimed were promoting misinformation. According to Facebook, it removed 783 pages, groups and accounts that engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” that were misleading users about who they are and what they are doing. The pages, some of which had 2 million followers, r

Apple CEO Demands Federal Data Privacy Legislation

Yes please...: [...] “In 2019, it’s time to stand up for the right to privacy—yours, mine, all of ours,” said Cook in a Wednesday op-ed in Time. “Consumers shouldn’t have to tolerate another year of companies irresponsibly amassing huge user profiles, data breaches that seem out of control and the vanishing ability to control our own digital lives.” The Apple exec, for his part, called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to develop a “data-broker clearinghouse” where co

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