Region: United States of America

Data breach roundup 5 July 2021

GDR rounds up recent major data breaches – featuring the Kaseya ransomware attack and companies such as LinkedIn, Alibaba and CVS.

05 July 2021

Microsoft counsel blasts US government for using too many secrecy orders

Microsoft’s vice president of customer security has told members of Congress that US federal law enforcement agencies impose about 10 secrecy orders on the company per day, preventing customers from knowing that their data is being taken out of the cloud.

01 July 2021

Facebook seeks at least $36m for ad fraud scheme

Facebook says four Vietnamese residents caused at least $36 million in damages by taking control of advertising and marketing agency employees’ accounts in order to run thousands of unauthorised ads.

30 June 2021

The implications of the SCOTUS TransUnion ruling

The US Supreme Court has significantly reduced the number of plaintiffs eligible to sue TransUnion under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), finding that the entire class did not have the same standing as a lead plaintiff falsely flagged by the credit rating agency as a potential terrorist. Experts involved with the case say the ruling will affect non-FCRA data privacy cases.

29 June 2021

Biden threatens to void contracts from non-secure vendors

US president Joe Biden’s recent order on cybersecurity threatens to pull business from software vendors who don’t update their systems by next May – although some observers wonder how the government plans to execute on this threat, given how entrenched many companies are in the global supply chain.

24 June 2021

Facial recognition companies turn to the First Amendment

Amazon has joined Clearview AI in using the First Amendment as a defence against Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) claims – a move some critics paint as a cynical ploy to use constitutional protections for anti-democratic purposes, but others see as a necessary test of how free speech rights apply to big data and artificial intelligence.

23 June 2021

NY financial regulator ramping up cybersecurity enforcement

A top New York Department of Financial Services official has portended numerous enforcement actions stemming from the nascent Cybersecurity Regulations, saying that such matters now make up roughly 20% of his department’s caseload.

17 June 2021

US judge denies bid to put clamps on Clearview AI

The presence of two previously undisclosed offshore subsidiaries is not a sufficient reason to restrict facial recognition company Clearview AI from carrying out business in Illinois, a US federal district judge has ruled.

15 June 2021

LinkedIn v hiQ remanded but key question remains

The US Supreme Court has sent the long-running data scraping dispute between LinkedIn and hiQ back to the Ninth Circuit for reconsideration in light of its recent Van Buren ruling – but LinkedIn says its case hinges on a key issue that the high court left unaddressed in Van Buren.

14 June 2021

Facebook FTC consent order to be examined in BrandTotal dispute

A recently unsealed order in BrandTotal’s data access dispute with Facebook suggests a US federal judge may take external evidence to help interpret the Federal Trade Commission’s consent decree with the social media company.

11 June 2021

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