Region: United States of America

US senators focus ire on TikTok

TikTok was the object of US senators’ wrath yesterday during a hearing on protecting children’s privacy, with the committee’s chair and ranking member slamming the company for allegedly ducking the inquiry.

19 May 2021

US AI commission recommendations becoming policy

US policymakers are looking to subsidise the country’s artificial intelligence and semiconductor industries and to implement other recommendations coming out of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) – a body of top tech and government officials tasked with enhancing the military’s big data and AI capabilities.

18 May 2021

Biden cybersecurity order “late” but addresses common concerns

A Biden administration executive order aims to remove restrictions that prevented public- and private-sector entities from sharing information with each other in the wake of the SolarWinds hack.

17 May 2021

Compliance reports to be public under new FTC leadership

The US Federal Trade Commission has said that it will proactively publish the compliance reports of a facial recognition company recently hit with an enforcement action – marking a change from previous administrations that only released such reports in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.

14 May 2021

Report: ransomware attacks spiked in 2020

The cost of ransomware payments surged last year as businesses took an increasing amount of time to respond to such attacks, according to a recently released report.

13 May 2021

SolarWinds hack didn’t compromise HHS healthcare data

While the SolarWinds hack affected some 18,000 computer networks and compromised an untold amount of data, the US Department of Health and Human Services has said that it was largely unscathed by the cyberattack.

12 May 2021

Tycoon files GDPR-related action in US federal court

An ENRC-linked international businessman has said in US court filings that he plans to sue the owner of a risk database for allegedly reporting inaccurate information that connects him to a corruption probe in France.

11 May 2021

US court approves “modest” Facebook data breach deal

A San Francisco federal judge has approved a non-monetary settlement between plaintiffs and Facebook over a 2018 data breach, but said the fees sought by class counsel are too steep for such a “modest” settlement.

10 May 2021

Contact-tracing breach victims sue Pennsylvania health department

The government department and contractor managing Pennsylvania’s covid-19 contact-tracing programme have been sued after disclosing a data breach that exposed around 70,000 residents’ sensitive information.

07 May 2021

Clearview ramps up BIPA defence

With plaintiffs pushing for an injunction that would halt much of Clearview AI’s business in Illinois, the facial recognition firm has told a Chicago federal judge that its activities in no way violate the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act.

06 May 2021

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