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.

Your Data Should Belong to You — and not to the Big Tech Companies

Your Data Should Belong to You — and not to the Big Tech Companies

The Data Dividend Project aims to gather together hundreds of thousands of Americans to collectively bargain to take back your data rights that are currently being exploited by the big technology companies and data brokers.

Advocacy group says TikTok violated FTC consent decree and children's privacy rules

Advocacy group says TikTok violated FTC consent decree and children's privacy rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of privacy advocacy organizations is filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday alleging that the popular app TikTok violated a consent decree and a law protecting children’s privacy online.

It's Not Just Zoom. Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and Webex Have Privacy Issues, Too.

It's Not Just Zoom. Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and Webex Have Privacy Issues, Too.

A single privacy policy governs Google's three videoconferencing services, and Teams and Skype share the same Microsoft privacy policy.Consumer Reports is writing to Cisco, Google, and Microsoft with a number of recommendations on how to improve their privacy policies, and publishing a complete report on what we found.

Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx are collecting more customer data than they appear to be

Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx are collecting more customer data than they appear to be

Consumer Reports has analyzed the privacy policies of Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx and discovered that they may be collecting more data than many people realize.But by agreeing to the privacy policies of these services, you are giving companies like Google and Microsoft access to plenty of personal data.

Google is reportedly working on its own Apple Card-style smart debit card

Google is reportedly working on its own Apple Card-style smart debit card

The company did release a statement to TechCrunch noting, “We’re exploring how we can partner with banks and credit unions in the US to offer smart checking accounts through Google Pay, helping their customers benefit from useful insights and budgeting tools, while keeping their money in an FDIC or NCUA-insured account.

Opinion | What if We All Just Sold Non-Creepy Advertising?

Opinion | What if We All Just Sold Non-Creepy Advertising?

By contrast, it is the big ad-tech companies — especially Facebook and Google — that do not want to make it easy for consumers to avoid profiling, because their business models rely on it.

Zoom Calls Aren't as Private as You May Think. Here's What You Should Know.

Zoom Calls Aren't as Private as You May Think. Here's What You Should Know.

"Zoom should update their terms to ensure that data collected during meetings from any participant or host is explicitly excluded from any advertising or marketing use, and that they don't view and tag video footage to train AI for facial or object recognition," says Justin Brookman, director of privacy and technology policy at Consumer Reports.

The age of data privacy: personalization's existential crisis?

The age of data privacy: personalization's existential crisis?

With all the potential for penalties, a question lingers: How much do the latest data privacy regulations limit customer journey data that powers personalized online experiences?This is another challenge for personalizing experiences online, as tools like cookies help companies optimize their marketing spend and deliver customers more relevant marketing messages.

Ford Sharing Driving Data With Allstate, Plans Loyalty Credit Card

Ford Sharing Driving Data With Allstate, Plans Loyalty Credit Card

Adhering to the latest industry trends, Ford has made a deal with insurer Allstate to share customer driving data and plans to issue a loyalty credit card tied into its rewards program.

Health apps can change their terms of service without users’ knowledge

Health apps can change their terms of service without users’ knowledge

Roberts and Hawkins recently wrote an op-ed in the journal Science encouraging Congress to require companies to allow people to opt in (or out) of major changes to terms of service on health apps.

Every Click You Make: Data Tracking, Consumer Privacy In The Age Of Surveillance Capitalism

Every Click You Make: Data Tracking, Consumer Privacy In The Age Of Surveillance Capitalism

In the age of the Internet-of-things, every digital device you own collects information about you, while websites, corporations and social media platforms use different techniques to surveil and track your personal data.

Google, Tinder under investigation in Ireland over data processing

Google, Tinder under investigation in Ireland over data processing

The commission is also investigating the GDPR compliance of dating app Tinder after concerns sparked about issues surrounding its “ongoing processing of users’ personal data”.We are fully cooperating with the Data Protection Commission, and will continue to abide by GDPR and all applicable laws”, Tinder’s parent company, Match Group, said.

What Your Period Tracker App Knows About You

What Your Period Tracker App Knows About You

While the Facebook suit isn’t related to personal health data, it’s not hard to imagine that the information collected by period trackers—especially with some employers and health insurers licensing the apps to use as part of corporate wellness programs—could be used in ways that harm women, King says.

Study shows prominent apps are selling your data to 3rd parties

Study shows prominent apps are selling your data to 3rd parties

In a study [PDF] conducted by the Norwegian Consumer Council named Forbrukerrådet on 10 apps, it has been found out that several popular dating apps such as Tinder, OkCupid & Grindr along with certain popular menstrual help apps such as Clue and MyDays have been sharing the personal data of users with as much as 135 different third parties for advertising purposes.

Trying to get pregnant? Period tracker apps come with privacy concerns

Trying to get pregnant? Period tracker apps come with privacy concerns

That’s the issue raised by a new review of five popular period tracker apps by Consumer Reports' Digital Lab, which tests apps to see how well they protect consumers’ privacy and data.

Opinion | How the ‘Sharing’ Economy Erodes Both Privacy and Trust

Opinion | How the ‘Sharing’ Economy Erodes Both Privacy and Trust

But it is being cynically manipulated by the “sharing” or “trust” economy — where we trade homes, cars or belongings through third-party administrators such as Airbnb — in ways that threaten our privacy.It’s also a model of consumerism that makes our traditional idea of trust irrelevant.

Consumer Reports warns IoT camera makers to improve their security

Consumer Reports warns IoT camera makers to improve their security

Consumer Reports has sent a letter to 25 manufacturers of IoT cameras with a call to improve their security.Consumer Reports warns the IoT camera manufacturers that its ratings will reflect whether it believes adequate steps have been taken to ensure the security and privacy of users is protected.

Top Apps Invade User Privacy By Collecting and Sharing Personal Data, New Report Finds

Top Apps Invade User Privacy By Collecting and Sharing Personal Data, New Report Finds

A new report, called Out of Control: How Consumers Are Exploited by the Online Advertising Industry, published today by the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC), looks at the hidden side of the data economy and its findings are alarming.

Stanford Law’s Jen King on California’s New Privacy Law

Stanford Law’s Jen King on California’s New Privacy Law

In the discussion that follows, Dr. Jennifer King, Director of Privacy at Stanford’s CIS, explains the new law and how far it may go to protect consumer personal data.