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University of Texas at Austin Permanently Blocks TikTok on Network

On Tuesday, January 17, 2023, the University of Texas at Austin announced that it has blocked TikTok access across the university’s networks. According to the announcement to its users, “You are...

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Nineteen States Have Banned TikTok on Government-Issued Devices

Governors of numerous states have issued Executive Orders in the past several weeks banning TikTok from government-issued devices and many have already implemented a ban, with others considering similar measures. There...

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Texas Sues Google for Gathering Biometric Data

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against Google for alleged “blatant defiance” of Texas’s biometric privacy law, which prohibits capturing biometric identifiers without prior consumer consent. The complaint alleges...

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FTC Sues Data Broker for Selling Data from Reproductive Clinics and Places of Worship

In a complaint filed this week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleges that a data broker sold geolocation data from individuals showing their movements to and from sensitive locations, including reproductive...

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Insurance Technologies Corp. to Pay $11 Million in Data Breach Class Action

Insurance Technologies Corp. faces a class action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas for a 2021 data breach. Plaintiffs alleged that Insurance Technologies failed to adequately...

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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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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year… for a Drone Light Show

Every year, technology is used in new and inventive ways, and drone holiday light shows seem to be making their way into some cities’ and towns’ holiday traditions. In Grapevine, Texas,...

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Colonial Pipeline Up and Running After Five Days of Grappling with Ransomware Attack

It is being reported late on May 12, 2021, that Colonial Pipeline is returning to full operations following a devastating ransomware attack that was discovered on May 7, 2021. Colonial took...

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School Nutrition Vendor Sued for Compromise of 867,209 K-12 Student Records

PCS Revenue Control Systems, Inc. (PCS) was hit with a proposed class action lawsuit last week alleging that it discovered a data breach from a hacking attack in December 2019 but...

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