Antitrust and Privacy Are on a Collision Course

Antitrust and Privacy Are on a Collision Course

In December, the Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of states filed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook, alleging that as the company grew more dominant and faced less competition, it reneged on its promises to protect user privacy.

Supreme Court rules Facebook's automated text system doesn't count as robocalling, handing major win to people who want to spam your phone

Supreme Court rules Facebook's automated text system doesn't count as robocalling, handing major win to people who want to spam your phone

The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Facebook on Thursday in a case about what counts as an "automatic telephone dialing system" under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991.The Supreme Court said in the ruling that Facebook's text alerts about suspicious login attempts do not qualify as robocalls deemed illegal under that act.

Tesla's in-car cameras raise privacy concerns: Consumer Reports

Tesla's in-car cameras raise privacy concerns: Consumer Reports

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc’s use of in-car cameras to record and transmit video footage of passengers to develop self-driving technology raises privacy concerns, influential U.S. magazine Consumer Reports said on Tuesday.

California bans ‘dark patterns’ that trick users into giving away their personal data

California bans ‘dark patterns’ that trick users into giving away their personal data

According to Becerra’s office: “Since CCPA enforcement began on July 1, 2020, the Department has seen widespread compliance by companies doing business in California, especially in response to notices to cure.” To help standardize access to these opt-out schemes, the state of California has even designed what it calls an “eye-catching” icon that companies can use to direct users to exercise their rights.

Google says it won't use new ways of tracking you as it phases out browser cookies for ads

Google says it won't use new ways of tracking you as it phases out browser cookies for ads

Google on Wednesday clarified its plans for targeted advertising, promising not to use other ways to "track" users around the internet after it ends support for cookies in Chrome by early 2022.The company said in a blog post it will only use "privacy-preserving technologies" that rely on methods like anonymization or aggregation of data.

TikTok hit with consumer law breaches complaints across Europe

TikTok hit with consumer law breaches complaints across Europe

It said the company’s virtual item policy where users can purchase coins to use for virtual gifts for TikTok celebrities whose performance they like, contains unfair terms and misleading practices.“TikTok fails to protect children and teenagers from hidden advertising and potentially harmful content on its platform,” BEUC said.

Virginians Deserve Better Than This Empty Privacy Law

Virginians Deserve Better Than This Empty Privacy Law

While the Attorney General’s office could bring a lawsuit, it offers no way for people to sue companies for violating their privacy, an enforcement tool known as a private right of action.

Who Controls My Data?

Who Controls My Data?

Kogan, in collaboration with Cambridge Analytica, had paid hundreds of thousands of users to take a personality test and agreed to have their data collected for academic use.

It's time for Europe to take private data from the hands of powerful tech monopolies and give it back to the people

It's time for Europe to take private data from the hands of powerful tech monopolies and give it back to the people

In it I described the danger that a platform like Google poses for the individual rights of citizens, for pluralist competition, and for freedom of expression when it remains unchecked by regulations.

Opinion  -  With Online Terms of Service, What Happens When You Click 'Agree'? - The New York Times

Opinion - With Online Terms of Service, What Happens When You Click 'Agree'? - The New York Times

Ever since a 1996 ruling upholding this notion, companies have tested the limits of so-called shrink-wrap agreements through increasingly creative means, like hiding terms of service behind layers of hyperlinks, burying them in small print, forcing users to agree before they can get access to a previously downloaded app or making the terms binding when a customer simply opens a webpage.

California Privacy Rights Act: A Move Closer to GDPR? Part I

California Privacy Rights Act: A Move Closer to GDPR? Part I

The CPRA makes several significant changes to the CCPA: It introduces the concept of “sensitive personal data”; It introduces new obligations on businesses, and GDPR-style “principles”; It introduces new rights for consumers; and It creates a new supervisory authority for data protection and privacy in California — the California Privacy Protection Agency.

Where next for ethical data and data privacy? (Includes interview)

Where next for ethical data and data privacy? (Includes interview)

Kingston begins his analysis by focusing on the importance of data privacy and its continuing trajectory, noting: “Driven by the number of data breaches and the continued systematic misuse of personal data from large corporations, consumer data privacy and its control will be a major focus in 2021.

Mozilla Urges Users to Support Apple's Planned Anti-Tracking Changes: 'A Huge Win for Consumers'

Mozilla Urges Users to Support Apple's Planned Anti-Tracking Changes: 'A Huge Win for Consumers'

This pressure from some advertisers has led Firefox maker Mozilla to launch a new page in which it urges people to show their support for Apple's decision, so that it does not further delay.

Debt collectors will soon be allowed to reach you by text or on Facebook

Debt collectors will soon be allowed to reach you by text or on Facebook

Consumer advocates criticized the rule for not requiring alleged debtors to consent before being contacted by email or text, and for setting a limit on phone contact that could result in a flood of calls for people who owe money to several creditors.

Global Privacy Control Launched to Offer Users Greater Internet Trust

Global Privacy Control Launched to Offer Users Greater Internet Trust

A number of technology companies have come together to create the Global Privacy Control (GPC), a new standard to help ensure consumers can feel safe about how their personal data is used on participating websites.

Now you can enforce your privacy rights with a single browser tick

Now you can enforce your privacy rights with a single browser tick

CA DOJ is encouraged to see the technology community developing a global privacy control in furtherance of the CCPA and consumer privacy rights.“CA DOJ is encouraged to see the technology community developing a global privacy control in furtherance of the CCPA and consumer privacy rights.”.

Andrew Yang takes lead in California data privacy measure

Andrew Yang takes lead in California data privacy measure

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Fitbits on our wrists collect our health and fitness data; Apple promises privacy but lots of iPhone apps can still share our personal information; and who really knows what they’re agreeing to when a website asks, “Do You Accept All Cookies?” Most people just click “OK” and hope for the best, says former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang.

Google and Facebook hate a proposed privacy law. News publishers should embrace it.

Google and Facebook hate a proposed privacy law. News publishers should embrace it.

The good news for consumers and news publishers alike is that CPRA seeks to close any loopholes in the previous privacy law the state passed two years ago.

The fight over the fight for California’s privacy future

The fight over the fight for California’s privacy future

“The CCPA was a lot weaker than the [original] initiative, but at the same time it was, and still is, the strongest consumer privacy law in the nation,” she says.

California’s Other Privacy Law

California’s Other Privacy Law

CalOPPA requires commercial websites or online services that obtain personally identifiable information about California consumers to conspicuously post their privacy policies.

The 5 biggest data breaches of the 21st century

The 5 biggest data breaches of the 21st century

During the final sale of its core internet business to Verizon in 2017, Yahoo admitted they had actually been the target of several different large scale data breaches bringing the new number of compromised accounts to a staggering 3 billion.

Lawsuit: Zoom Lied About Security Measures, End-to-End Encryption

Lawsuit: Zoom Lied About Security Measures, End-to-End Encryption

Zoom is facing another lawsuit alleging that the video communications company has deceived consumers by making false claims about its privacy measures.Zoom encryption claims false, watchdog alleges in lawsuit.

California Privacy Rights Act: State poised to raise privacy bar with ‘CCPA 2.0’

California Privacy Rights Act: State poised to raise privacy bar with ‘CCPA 2.0’

The CPRA would provide consumers with an expansive set of new rights beyond those contained in the CCPA, while at the same time fundamentally altering businesses’ privacy compliance obligations under California’s current privacy law in a number of ways.

Investment firm buys Utah’s Ancestry.com for $4.7 billion

Investment firm buys Utah’s Ancestry.com for $4.7 billion

“Our entire leadership team is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Blackstone to further accelerate Ancestry’s global leadership in family history and consumer genomics, and to help us achieve our mission to empower journeys of personal discovery to enrich lives,” Margo Georgiadis, Ancestry president and CEO, said in a statement.

Data isn't just being collected from your phone. It's being used to score you.

Data isn't just being collected from your phone. It's being used to score you.

Operating in the shadows of the online marketplace, specialized tech companies you've likely never heard of are tapping vast troves of our personal data to generate secret "surveillance scores" - digital mug shots of millions of Americans - that supposedly predict our future behavior.

Grindr Seeks To Push Data Privacy Suit Into Arbitration

Grindr Seeks To Push Data Privacy Suit Into Arbitration

Attorneys for Grindr also claimed user Robert Bergeron's allegations that the app "sold" Google Android users' personal data — including the sexual orientation and exact geolocation of its largely LGBTQ user base — to the "highest bidder" do not amount to concrete harms under New York state consumer protection laws.Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)

Google Misled Users Over Data Privacy, Says Australian Regulator

Google Misled Users Over Data Privacy, Says Australian Regulator

In Australian Federal Court, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) accused Google of not explicitly getting consent or properly informing consumers of a 2016 move to combine personal information in Google accounts with browsing activities on non-Google websites.

ACCC sues Google for collecting Australian users’ data without informed consent

ACCC sues Google for collecting Australian users’ data without informed consent

The ACCC alleges that Google misled consumers in 2016 when it changed its data collection technology to combine the personal information in a person’s Google account with their browsing on other sites and apps.

California's Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 is still ramping up but already there's a 2.0 version in the works

California's Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 is still ramping up but already there's a 2.0 version in the works

For example, consumers who simply want to know what information the company has about them: If you don't have a program to respond to specific requests for information, you're going to be challenged by the new breed of regulations.

Attorney General Becerra Reminds Consumers of Data Privacy Rights Under the California Consumer Privacy Act

Attorney General Becerra Reminds Consumers of Data Privacy Rights Under the California Consumer Privacy Act

“Under the CCPA, Californians have the right to access and stop the sale of their personal data if they choose to exercise it,” said Attorney General Becerra .These data brokers are required to provide information on how consumers can opt-out of the sale or submit requests under the CCPA.