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Facebook Acknowledges Breach of Sensitive Data for Nearly 30 Million Users

As we previously noted, Facebook originally announced a breach late last month, in which hackers took advantage of a code vulnerability in the website’s “View As” feature, to access user’s data. However, on October 12, 2018, Facebook stepped back the number of affected accounts from 50 to roughly 30 million, and it acknowledged that hackers … Continue Reading

Protecting the Privacy of Children Online – More Updates on COPPA

Last week, two Senators, Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts and Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding apps designed for children and whether they are in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), See 15 U.S.C. 6501 and regulations at 16 C.F.R. Part 312 … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #159 – Consider Risks When Using Facebook and Other Social Media Platforms

Facebook announced late last week that it had suffered the largest breach in its history with 50 million accounts were compromised, and another 40 million accounts affected. Yes, that equals 90 million accounts. If you use Facebook and were locked out of your account over the weekend, your account was most likely affected. The 50 … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #151 – Can Banks Give or Sell My Information to Facebook or Other Social Media Platforms?

Many readers questioned me about the Wall Street Journal article this week entitled, “Facebook to Banks: Give Us Your Data, We’ll Give you Our Users.” The questions and comments ranged from “Can they really do this?” to “This is outrageous!” Without getting into a legal analysis, there are laws that banks have to follow when … Continue Reading

EU-US Transatlantic Data Flows Subject to Further Legal Challenge

Last week, the High Court of Ireland submitted eleven questions to the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU) to consider about the personal data transfer regime between the European Union (EU) and the United States. This referral stems from a new claim by Max Schrems, an Austrian lawyer and privacy activist. Schrems previously … Continue Reading

Improper Data Sharing With Cambridge Analytica May Affect 87 Million Facebook Users

Facebook reports that the personal data of 87 million Facebook users, mostly located in the United States, “may have been improperly shared” with British data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica. Previous estimates put the possible scope of improper sharing at about 50 million users. The increased number was calculated by Facebook by totaling the friends of … Continue Reading

Facebook Can’t Shake Illinois Biometric Proposed Class Action Case

We have previously reported on Facebook’s fight against a proposed class action case alleging violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). Facebook continues to fight the allegation that its collection and storage of users’ and non-users’ facial scans through the use of facial recognition technology violates BIPA, and has filed a Motion to … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #125 – Check + Set LinkedIn Privacy Settings

It is well known that hackers and fraudsters surf Facebook to find individuals who have not protected their information through Facebook’s privacy settings. People put a lot of information on Facebook that is very personal and can give criminals detailed leads on how to launch successful campaigns against unsuspecting victims. Less publicized is the fact … Continue Reading

Why Was Facebook Fined by AEPD?

Today, the Spanish data protection agency (AEPD) fined Facebook 1.2 million euros ($1.4 million USD) in connection with how the company collects personal data for advertising purposes. The AEPD said Facebook did not get properly informed consent from users before exploiting this data as well as kept this data longer than it’s useful purpose. In … Continue Reading

Meeting on Capitol Hill Provokes More Discussion on Expanding Drone Operations in our National Airspace

In Washington, D.C. last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Unmanned Systems Caucus and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) held a briefing for congressional staff on technologies that enable unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to operate longer distances and at higher altitudes in the U.S. national airspace. The briefing included two panels of … Continue Reading

Facebook Completes Successful Testing of Drones for Getting the Internet to the World’s Remotest Locations

Facebook announced last week that it successfully completed a second test of an unmanned aerial system (UAS or drone) designed to carry internet access to remote parts of the world. Unlike Facebook’s first test for this task back in June 2016, the drone did not crash in this second test. Facebook plans to develop an … Continue Reading

Congress, FCC Weigh Measures to Repeal ISP Privacy Rules

Last October, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new privacy rules governing how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are permitted to use and share its customers’ personal information. The rules have been fiercely contested by telecom companies that contend they are being unfairly held to more stringent regulations than so-called edge providers (Google, Facebook, etc.), which … Continue Reading

WhatsApp Security Flaw, Lawsuit in Germany

Tobias Boelter, a University of California Berkeley cryptography researcher claims that last year he found a security flaw in WhatsApp’s encrypted smart phone messaging application. The flaw, which relates to the unique security keys exchanged between WhatsApp users, is reported to allow third parties, including governments, to intercept messages in transit. Mr. Boelter informed Facebook, … Continue Reading

Facebook calls Illinois Biometric Law Unconstitutional

In the ongoing saga of Facebook’s challenge of the Illinois Biometric Law, it declared last week that the Illinois law violates the United States Constitution. According to Facebook’s Answer in a suit filed against it in California, the law is unconstitutional because it violates the Commerce Clause, which limits states from enacting legislation that would … Continue Reading

Broadband Providers Face New Regulations for Protection of Consumer Data

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released landmark protections for internet users, requiring permission from broadband subscribers before broadband providers can collect data on the subscribers’ web browsing, app use, location information or financial information. Broadband providers rely on subscriber data like this to create sophisticated, targeted advertising. Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the FCC, … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #55 – October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

I never knew that since 2006, October has been designated as National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. According to the Department of Health and Human Service’s website, “This year’s Bullying Prevention Awareness Month marks the 10th anniversary of its initiation by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center http://www.pacer.org/bullying/. Since 2006, the event has grown to an entire … Continue Reading

Start-up, Joberate, Assigns Score to Employees to Determine their Job Search History

Most individuals seeking out new job opportunities use their personal e-mail address to correspond with a prospective employer, presumably keeping that job hunt secret from their current employer. However, now, Joberate, a startup that track’s an individual’s job search activity into their public social media accounts, calculates a score of how likely each individual is … Continue Reading

California Passes Digital Assets Law

Following in the footsteps of numerous other states, California became the newest state to pass a digital assets bill, which allows individuals to access social media accounts, music accounts, gaming accounts or other digital accounts on behalf of a deceased individual. The California Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act provides guidelines for how … Continue Reading
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