Region: United States of America

Data community news roundup: promotions, hires and more

January is traditionally the month in which law firms announce partner promotion rounds. All job markets – including the legal industry – look different this year, but there have still been plenty of moves and promotions.

15 January 2021

FTC: Female fertility app shared data with Facebook and Google

The US Federal Trade Commission has ordered the developer of a female fertility app to notify users that it has shared their data with Facebook, Google and other third parties – marking the first time a company has been required to notify its customers about a privacy-related enforcement action.

14 January 2021

“Assume there was a full compromise” – DC cybersecurity expert talks Capitol Hill riots

In the midst of the political chaos stemming from last week’s riots on Capitol Hill, IT experts remain focused on the cybersecurity risks associated with the fateful events. GDR spoke with Washington, DC cybersecurity consultant Norma Krayem – the head of the data practice at lobbying firm Van Scoyoc Associates (VSA) – about the risks associated with such a massive physical breach.

13 January 2021

FTC orders deletion of AI models in novel enforcement action

The US Federal Trade Commission has determined that online photo storage company Everalbum deceived users by employing facial recognition technology on their images, ordering the company to delete not only the relevant data but also the AI models obtained through its deceptive conduct.

12 January 2021

Russian hacker jailed for 12 years for US financial data theft

A US federal judge has handed a Russian hacker a 12-year prison sentence for his role in a massive financial data theft scheme that netted hundreds of millions of dollars in criminal proceeds.

11 January 2021

US judge approves controversial Google+ settlement

A San Francisco district judge has granted final approval to a $7.5 million agreement between Google and plaintiffs to settle a class action lawsuit over the company’s 2018 Google+ data breach.

08 January 2021

Nielsen Ratings fails to shake GDPR-related claims from investor lawsuit

A Manhattan federal judge has denied data analytics firm Nielsen Ratings’ motion to dismiss claims that the company misled investors about how the GDPR was affecting its business for months after the regulation had gone into effect in May 2018.

07 January 2021

Trump moves to ban more Chinese apps

In a move similar to his contested restrictions on TikTok and WeChat, US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that would ban eight other Chinese-owned apps from the country on national security grounds.

06 January 2021

Roundup: US data news from the Christmas break

GDR rounds up key news from the US that you might have missed over the holidays.

05 January 2021

Fewer than 500 data brokers registered with California in 2020

California’s justice department expected some 1,000 data brokers to register with the state in 2020, but less than half of that number appeared on the public registry as of 4 January.

04 January 2021

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