Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: November 20, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: November 20, 2020

In a new blogpost on Microsoft’s blog, Alex Weinert – Director of Identity Security – has urged users to stop using SMS and call based multi-factor authentication.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

Proposed FTC settlement is a disservice to Zoom customers, says Commissioner

Proposed FTC settlement is a disservice to Zoom customers, says Commissioner

Zoom and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have come to a tentative settlement agreement regarding the video conferencing company’s false advertising of end-to-end encryption along with other issues.

Zoom strong-armed by US watchdog to beef up security after boasting of end-to-end encryption that didn't exist

Zoom strong-armed by US watchdog to beef up security after boasting of end-to-end encryption that didn't exist

The commission's investigation also dug into Zoom’s earlier claim it offered 256-bit end-to-end encryption when in fact the feature didn't actually exist – the software maker says it has since implemented the technology.

$610K Settlement in School Webcam Spy Case

$610K Settlement in School Webcam Spy Case

Holly Robbins, Blake's mother, told CBS News , "I don't feel this school has the right to put cameras inside the kids' home, inside their bedrooms and spy on them.".

Los Angeles settles Weather Channel lawsuit, lets it keep selling location data to advertisers

Los Angeles settles Weather Channel lawsuit, lets it keep selling location data to advertisers

We collect your device’s location information and pressure sensor data through our applications so that we can offer you certain location-based features like forecasts, weather alerts, and ads, and to provide and improve our Services.

Instagram Accused of Illegally Harvesting Biometric Data

Instagram Accused of Illegally Harvesting Biometric Data

Facebook, owner of Instagram, is facing a lawsuit over allegedly harvesting the biometric data of users, according to Bloomberg.Last month, Facebook offered to pay a $650 million settlement in a similar lawsuit in which it was accused of illegally collecting biometric data via Facebook's photo-tagging feature.

Home  -  Google Plus Profile Litigation

Home - Google Plus Profile Litigation

Amount of Payments: Class Members who submit a Valid Claim may receive a pro rata share of the Net Settlement Fund up to a cash payment of $12.00 depending on the number of claimants.

Many receive notice of Google+ class action lawsuit

Many receive notice of Google+ class action lawsuit

Tonight, many received an email stating that the Google Plus class-action lawsuit has been settled for a total of $7.5m, an agreement which was originally reached in January of this year, according to Business Insurance.

Facebook Adds $100M to Privacy Settlement in Bid to Satisfy Skeptical Judge

Facebook Adds $100M to Privacy Settlement in Bid to Satisfy Skeptical Judge

With this alternative perspective — namely, Facebook could be looking at a damages award three to five times the settlement figure and possibly more ("I'd also like to understand why there was no discussion whatsoever on why this is not a case where the enhanced damages of $5,000 per person are on the table," said the judge at the June 4 hearing) — the parties went back into mediation and came to a revised agreement.

DoNotPay Unsubscribes You From Spam—and Tries to Get You Paid

DoNotPay Unsubscribes You From Spam—and Tries to Get You Paid

Now a new tool from DoNotPay, a suite of consumer advocacy services, offers a lifeline that will make it easier to unsubscribe from email lists in a privacy-conscious way.

California Judge throws out Facebook’s $550 million settlement in $35 billion lawsuit

California Judge throws out Facebook’s $550 million settlement in $35 billion lawsuit

A California federal judge threw out Facebook’s proposed $550 million biometric privacy settlement in $35 billion class-action lawsuit.The California judge dismissed Facebook’s settlement offer saying he won’t grant preliminary approval as Facebook’s proposal gives users just 1.25% of what they could be entitled to under the Illinois biometric privacy laws.

TikTok accused of breaching US child privacy regulations

TikTok accused of breaching US child privacy regulations

Calling for an investigation into the matter and sanctions on TikTok, the consumer and child privacy groups said the company had failed to delete personal information collected from users aged 13 and under prior to the 2019 settlement order, in breach of the terms of the agreement.

Apple agrees to $500 million settlement for slowing older iPhone’s

Apple agrees to $500 million settlement for slowing older iPhone’s

The deal was several months in the making, targeting the dozens of class-action lawsuits filed against the company after it had released in a public statement that Apple did slow down older models of their phones.

How to Turn Off Smart TV Snooping Features

How to Turn Off Smart TV Snooping Features

The technology was in the news in 2017 when Vizio got in trouble with federal and state regulators for collecting such data without users’ knowledge or consent.Here, Consumer Reports shows you how to turn off data collection for the following TVs: Amazon Fire TV Edition, LG, Roku, Samsung, Sony, and Vizio.

Facebook will stop using 2FA tool to harvest phone numbers for friend suggestions

Facebook will stop using 2FA tool to harvest phone numbers for friend suggestions

Facebook says it will soon stop its practice of using phone numbers provided to the company as part of its two-factor authentication (2FA) security tool to power a friend suggestion feature, Reuters reported on Thursday.

Unsecure database exposes 179 GB of US citizens' data

Unsecure database exposes 179 GB of US citizens' data

IAPP releases updated 'Privacy Tech Vendor Report'.'Privacy in US Law Schools Update: An IAPP Westin Center Report'.The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has announced it finalized a settlement with Retina-X Studios over privacy violations related to its "stalking" apps.

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook's top priority is setting up FTC-mandated privacy program

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook's top priority is setting up FTC-mandated privacy program

Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday that Facebook's top priority is to put in place a new privacy program that was mandated after the company's $5 billion settlement with the Federal Trade Commission in July.

Google's Street View Privacy Settlement Moves Forward

Google's Street View Privacy Settlement Moves Forward

by Wendy Davis @wendyndavis, 10 hours ago Google's $13 million settlement of a privacy lawsuit stemming from data collection by Street View cars moved forward Wednesday, when U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco granted the deal preliminary approval.

Yahoo could owe you $358 or more as a part of its data breach settlement

Yahoo could owe you $358 or more as a part of its data breach settlement

At the end of month, Yahoo announced that if you had an account any time between Jan.1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2016, and are a resident of the US or Israel, you are part of the settlement class and can file a claim for part of the $117,500,000 settlement fund.

Opinion | Equifax Doesn’t Want You to Get Your $125. Here’s What You Can Do.

Opinion | Equifax Doesn’t Want You to Get Your $125. Here’s What You Can Do.

Frank, a lawyer who specializes in class-action suits, told me this week that only 3 percent of the people who get class-action emails actually respond.

Google Is Fined $170 Million for Violating Children’s Privacy on YouTube

Google Is Fined $170 Million for Violating Children’s Privacy on YouTube

The privacy case against YouTube began in 2016 after the New York attorney general’s office, which has been active in enforcing the federal children’s privacy law in the state, notified the trade commission about apparent violations of the law on the site.

Spanish Supreme Court deems electric-use info to be personal data

Spanish Supreme Court deems electric-use info to be personal data

The Contentious-Administrative Chamber of the Spanish Supreme Court ruled information gathered via an individual's use of electricity constitutes personal data, Confidencial Judicial reports.Related Stories.FTC reaches $30M settlement with company over deceptive use of lead generators.

U.S. appeals court voids Google 'cookie' privacy settlement that paid users nothing

U.S. appeals court voids Google 'cookie' privacy settlement that paid users nothing

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down Google’s class-action settlement meant to resolve claims it invaded the privacy of millions of computer users by installing “cookies” in their browsers, but paying those users nothing for their troubles.

The FTC's Settlement With Equifax Is Such A Joke, The FTC Is Now Begging You Not To Ask For A Cash Settlement

The FTC's Settlement With Equifax Is Such A Joke, The FTC Is Now Begging You Not To Ask For A Cash Settlement

apparently too many people signed up and now the FTC is helping Equifax by telling people not to ask for money from the company any more. First, though, the good: all 147 million people can ask for and get free credit monitoring.

Actually you're not getting that $125 from Equifax, warns the FTC

Actually you're not getting that $125 from Equifax, warns the FTC

"You can still choose the cash option on the claim form," notes the agency, "but you will be disappointed with the amount you receive and you won’t get the free credit monitoring.". WATCH: How to get free money or credit monitoring from the Equifax data breach.

Privacy group asks court to reconsider FTC’s $5 billion Facebook deal

Privacy group asks court to reconsider FTC’s $5 billion Facebook deal

EPIC is specifically asking the court not to rubber-stamp it but instead to allow it and other privacy organizations to file briefs to the case and to schedule a hearing to review privacy-related issues.

Why you probably won’t actually get $125 from the Equifax settlement

Why you probably won’t actually get $125 from the Equifax settlement

But the likelihood that you’ll actually get a check for $125 is increasingly slim — because the more people who sign up, the less money each person gets. As developer Rufo Sanchez notes on Twitter, the fine print shows that after $31 million worth of people sign up for those $125 checks...

Privacy Group Files Legal Challenge to Facebook’s $5 Billion F.T.C. Settlement

Privacy Group Files Legal Challenge to Facebook’s $5 Billion F.T.C. Settlement

EPIC requested a hearing where the court could review the fairness of the Facebook agreement and consider consumer groups’ complaints. If the court decides to grant such a hearing, a judge could require the trade commission to review outstanding consumer complaints and alter the terms of the proposed settlement.

A thread written by @chopraftc

A thread written by @chopraftc

$5 billion sounds like a lot, but the fine print in the settlement has a lot for $FB to celebrate. 3) The settlement fine print gives Facebook broad immunity for “known” and “unknown” violations.

The FTC-Facebook Settlement Does Too Little to Protect Your Privacy

The FTC-Facebook Settlement Does Too Little to Protect Your Privacy

The agreement does not provide public transparency regarding how Facebook collects, uses, and shares personal information, or how Facebook implements the FTC settlement.