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Texas AG Sues Meta, Alleging Massive Collection of Face Geometries Without Consent

Texas enacted a biometric information privacy law way back in 2001, which was amended in 2009. That was a long time ago in the context of the development of privacy laws,...

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Privacy Tip #319 – How Facial Recognition Technology Works and Why You Should Care

I have written about the privacy concerns of facial recognition technology many times before [view related posts]. Many individuals are unaware of how facial recognition technology works, who is collecting their...

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Meta Hit with Lawsuits Over Allegations of Promoting Hate Speech

Meta has been hit with two related lawsuits totaling over $150 billion in its first major legal challenge since rebranding. The suits (one filed in California Superior Court and the other...

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Meta Announces the End of Facial Recognition Technology on Facebook

The Facebook company now known as Meta announced this week that it is shutting down the Face Recognition system on Facebook.  Meta stated that this is part of a company-wide move...

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Irish DPA Hits WhatsApp with $266M Fine for Alleged GDPR Violations

When GDPR became effective three years ago, companies took notice of the fines and penalties attached to violations of the stringent privacy law—4 percent of global annual sales. The fines have...

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Adobe Introduces Software to Replace Third-Party Cookies

This week Adobe Inc. released some updated software for companies to target customers with advertising and offers using the brands’ own data as opposed to third-party cookies. More and more, third-party...

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Supreme Court’s Decision in Facebook Litigation Narrows the Scope of the TCPA

At the beginning of April 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of Facebook in Facebook, Inc. v. Duguid, reversing the decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals...

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Episode 211: Scrapin’ ain’t Hackin’. Or is it?

Is scraping the same as hacking or just an example of “zealous” use of a social media platform? And if it isn’t considered hacking…should it be? As more and more online...

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Facebook’s Augmented-Reality: Controlling Computer Functions with Your Mind

What if you could control a computer with your mind? Well, Facebook’s latest device may allow you to do just that. Facebook recently announced that it has created a wristband that...

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Privacy Tip #273 – What’s with WhatsApp’s New Privacy Policy?

WhatsApp started notifying its 2 billion users last month about an update to its privacy policy. Most of its users probably didn’t look at the details, and simply clicked “I agree”...

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