Region: North America

LabMD suing US federal government over Tiversa hacking scandal

Armed with an Eleventh Circuit decision in his favour, LabMD owner Michael Daugherty continues to go after the US Federal Trade Commission for allegedly colluding with a hacker in an ill-conceived enforcement action – one that ultimately ruined his cancer-detection business.

21 January 2022

Florida privacy legislation to hinge on enforcement debate – again

Florida’s legislature surprised observers in 2021 with how close it came to passing privacy legislation. An expert involved in last year’s debate gives it a coin flip as to whether lawmakers will finish what they started.

19 January 2022

Data privacy claims against Facebook survive early stage of antitrust lawsuit

A US federal court has ruled that it was plausible that consumers suffered an antitrust injury due to Facebook’s alleged data privacy violations.

18 January 2022

Arizona bill would ban taxpayer-funded ransomware payments

Cybersecurity experts say an Arizona proposal to ban publicly funded ransomware payments is a step in the right direction, but needs to be coupled with IT upgrades for public agencies.

13 January 2022

US judge denies BrandTotal’s bid to delay discovery

Cost and the potential for bankruptcy are not justifiable reasons to relieve analytics firm BrandTotal of its discovery obligations in a dispute with Facebook, a US judge has ruled.

11 January 2022

Costly discovery could bankrupt Facebook defendant, US court hears

Analytics firm BrandTotal says Facebook’s unreasonable discovery demands threaten to drive the company out of business before the parties can settle a data scraping dispute.

10 January 2022

Executives held personally liable in FTC privacy action

Owners of a loan application website have agreed to pay $1.5 million and implement privacy reforms to settle US Federal Trade Commission allegations that they duped customers into disclosing sensitive data for potential lenders – but an FTC commissioner has cautioned her colleagues against being overzealous in pursuing individual liability in these types of cases.

07 January 2022

Antitrust meets biometric privacy in $31 billion Meta lawsuit

Facebook is shutting down its facial recognition system, but plaintiffs in Alabama say the company has already unjustly enriched itself by harvesting biometric data from children without their permission.

05 January 2022

FTC releases more redacted Facebook privacy audit records

The US Federal Trade Commission has released the remainder of an independent audit of Facebook’s privacy programme, but the heavily redacted report continues to reveal little about purported improvements made by the company since the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

04 January 2022

Spyware vendor and executives targeted

A human rights activist claims that spyware vendor DarkMatter Group accessed private material that led to prosecution in her native Saudi Arabia.

10 December 2021

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