Bakkt’s bitcoin futures and warehouse to debut in September

Bakkt’s bitcoin futures and warehouse to debut in September

Withapproval by the New York State Department of Financial Services to create Bakkt Trust Company, a qualified custodian, the Bakkt Warehouse will custody bitcoin for physically delivered futures. And by now, digital asset markets are global and well-developed, but they have largely been designed to serve retail customers rather than institutional participants.

Facial recognition in King's Cross prompts call for new laws

Facial recognition in King's Cross prompts call for new laws

UK biometrics commissioner Prof Paul Wiles has called for the government to take action over the use of facial recognition technology by the private sector as well as by law enforcement.

Google job search service draws antitrust complaint

Google job search service draws antitrust complaint

Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Google faces another antitrust allegation in the European Union -- this time focused on its job search service. "We confirm we have received the letter and we will assess it," a European Commission spokesperson wrote an emailed statement.

Germany orders Google to stop listening in on audio recordings

Germany orders Google to stop listening in on audio recordings

"Other providers of speech assistance systems, such as Apple or Amazon, are invited to also swiftly review the implementation of appropriate measures," Caspar's office said.

Apple halts practice of contractors listening in to users on Siri

Apple halts practice of contractors listening in to users on Siri

The suspension was prompted by a report in the Guardian last week that revealed the company’s contractors “regularly” hear confidential and private information while carrying out the grading process, including in-progress drug deals, medical details and people having sex.

Google will charge search providers to be the Android default in Europe

Google will charge search providers to be the Android default in Europe

In each country auction, search providers will state the price that they are willing to pay each time a user selects them from the choice screen in the given country. The three highest bidders that meet or exceed the bid threshold for a given country will appear in the choice screen for that country.

A new Facebook privacy flaw allowed thousands of children on Messenger Kids to enter group chats with strangers

A new Facebook privacy flaw allowed thousands of children on Messenger Kids to enter group chats with strangers

According to the report, Messenger Kids had a design flaw that allows for a situation in which a child can enter a group chat with other users — including adults — who hadn't been preapproved by their parents.

Equifax to Pay $575 Million as Part of Settlement with FTC, CFPB, and States Related to 2017 Data Breach

Equifax to Pay $575 Million as Part of Settlement with FTC, CFPB, and States Related to 2017 Data Breach

Equifax Inc. has agreed to pay at least $575 million, and potentially up to $700 million, as part of a global settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and 50 U.S. states and territories, which alleged that the credit reporting company’s failure to take reasonable steps to secure its network led to a data breach in 2017 that affected approximately 147 million people.

Man finds own amputated leg on cigarette packets without consent

Man finds own amputated leg on cigarette packets without consent

Media captionFrance launches crackdown on smoking His son discovered the picture - which bore recognisable burns and scars - when he bought a packet of rolling tobacco last year in Luxembourg, French media report. The family's lawyer, Antoine Fittante, confirms it is the man's leg.

The EU just launched a big antitrust probe into Amazon, and it could lead to a fine of up to $23 billion

The EU just launched a big antitrust probe into Amazon, and it could lead to a fine of up to $23 billion

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is leading the investigation, said in a statement on Wednesday that she would be taking a "very close look" at Amazon's "dual role." "The Commission will focus on whether and how the use of accumulated marketplace seller data by Amazon as a retailer affects competition," it added.

Office 365 declared illegal in German schools due to privacy risks

Office 365 declared illegal in German schools due to privacy risks

This time around, the Hessian commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HBDI) isn't just saying that schools would prefer not to use Microsoft, he's stating that their use of Office 365 is outright illegal.

F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion

F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion

The Federal Trade Commission voted this week to fine Facebook about $5 billion for mishandling users’ personal information, according to two people briefed on the vote, in what would be a landmark settlement that signals a newly aggressive stance by regulators toward the country’s most powerful technology companies.

Facebook and Google’s Data-Control Tactics Aren’t Just a Privacy Issue Anymore

Facebook and Google’s Data-Control Tactics Aren’t Just a Privacy Issue Anymore

“We propose to consider whether consumers have the knowledge, skills and desire to control how data about them is collected and used by the online platforms, and how far they are able to exercise such choice,” the CMA said.

Ajit Pai Is Still Withholding Facts About Location-Data Abuse From Fellow Commissioners

Ajit Pai Is Still Withholding Facts About Location-Data Abuse From Fellow Commissioners

At an oversight hearing last month, House lawmakers pressed Chairman Ajit Pai to respond to charges that his office had refused to provide the Democratic commissioners with access to requested documentation, including any letters of inquiry the FCC might’ve sent to companies under suspicion of illegally selling location data derived from consumers’ cellphones.

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile Hit With FCC Complaint Over Sale of Phone Location Data

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile Hit With FCC Complaint Over Sale of Phone Location Data

On Friday, multiple activist groups and telecommunications experts filed a complaint with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) centering on how AT&T , T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon sold their customers' real-time location data to third parties without those customers' informed consent.

Safety Agency Probes Data Breach Amid Complaints About Muzzling of Hazard Information

Safety Agency Probes Data Breach Amid Complaints About Muzzling of Hazard Information

In a letter to key senators, the commission’s acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle said officials had directed 29 people – including journalists, lawyers, engineers and company officials – to destroy or return records that the agency had improperly released to them.

Exclusive: U.S. Justice Dept considering Apple probe - sources

Exclusive: U.S. Justice Dept considering Apple probe - sources

The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) met in recent weeks and agreed to give the Justice Department the jurisdiction to undertake potential antitrust probes of Apple and Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, the sources said.

Data Protection Commission opens statutory inquiry into Google Ireland Limited

Data Protection Commission opens statutory inquiry into Google Ireland Limited

Arising from the Data Protection Commission’s ongoing examination of data protection compliance in the area of personalised online advertising and a number of submissions to the Data Protection Commission, including those made by Dr. Johnny Ryan of Brave, a statutory inquiry pursuant to section 110 of the Data Protection Act 2018 has been commenced in respect of Google Ireland Limited’s processing of personal data in the context of its online Ad Exchange.

GDPR – One Year On

GDPR – One Year On

In Malta, the DPA imposed a similar, but temporary, sanction on the country’s national land register while it investigated how the authority has been processing a data breach. The first year of GDPR shows us that many organisations have issues with the rightful way of processing personal data.

Jeremy was fired for refusing fingerprinting at work. His case led to an 'extraordinary' unfair dismissal ruling

Jeremy was fired for refusing fingerprinting at work. His case led to an 'extraordinary' unfair dismissal ruling

When Queensland sawmill worker Jeremy Lee refused to give his fingerprints to his employer as part of a new work sign-in, he wasn't just thinking about his privacy.

Democrats Need to Tame the Facebook Monster They Helped Create

Democrats Need to Tame the Facebook Monster They Helped Create

Democratic leaders Frank Pallone and Jan Schakowksy did an oversight review of Facebook’s regulator, the Federal Trade Commission, with all five commissioners, including Chairman Joe Simons, advancing ideas on how to address privacy rules in America today.

Regulators implore Congress for more privacy powers

Regulators implore Congress for more privacy powers

The FTC commissioners asked Congress to update the agency's statutory authority to give it the power to make rules and to assess fines against companies that break the law.

New Facebook Lawsuit Suggests 'Another Cambridge Analytica' Has Come To Light

New Facebook Lawsuit Suggests 'Another Cambridge Analytica' Has Come To Light

Just a few hours after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the ways in which the company can become more accountable for the content published on its platform, and just a few days after Facebook's co-founder Chris Hughes slammed the company and its CEO for what they have become, the company quietly announced on Friday that another Cambridge Analytica may have come to light.

Amazon accused of using Echo Dot Kids to illegally collect data on children

Amazon accused of using Echo Dot Kids to illegally collect data on children

A coalition of 19 consumer and privacy groups plans to file a complaint Thursday alleging that Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids Edition is illegally collecting voice recordings and other identifying information on users under 13 and that the system’s parental controls are flawed.

Why a Republican senator wants the FTC to throw the book at Facebook

Why a Republican senator wants the FTC to throw the book at Facebook

While the Republicans could push through a relatively lenient offer along partisan lines, doing so could come with heavy political costs for the agency, since it would expose them to attacks that the Republican majority is soft on misbehaving technology companies.

Refunds for 300 million phone users sought in lawsuits over location-data sales

Refunds for 300 million phone users sought in lawsuits over location-data sales

with 59 posters participating, including story author The four major US wireless carriers are facing proposed class-action lawsuits accusing them of violating federal law by selling their customers' real-time location data to third parties.

Facebook Faces a Big Penalty, but Regulators Are Split Over How Big

Facebook Faces a Big Penalty, but Regulators Are Split Over How Big

Along with disagreement about the appropriate financial penalty, one of the most contentious undercurrents throughout the negotiations has been the degree to which Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, should be held personally liable for any violation of a 2011 agreement, according to two of the people.

ICO says that voice data collected unlawfully by HMRC should be deleted

ICO says that voice data collected unlawfully by HMRC should be deleted

The ICO issued a preliminary enforcement notice to HMRC on April 4, 2019 stating the Information Commissioner’s initial decision to compel the department to delete all biometric data held under the Voice ID system for which it does not have explicit consent.

Consumer advocates give Congress a different perspective on data privacy law

Consumer advocates give Congress a different perspective on data privacy law

Among other things, the advocates urged federal legislators to protect state laws and give enforcers more resources to penalize companies that abuse people's data.

NY AG opens investigation into Facebook for harvesting user email contacts

NY AG opens investigation into Facebook for harvesting user email contacts

New York’s attorney general is launching an investigation into Facebook after it was reported last week that the company had scraped the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their consent.

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