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Amazon’s Ring Fired Staff for Trying to Access Customer Data

Amazon.com Inc. said its Ring subsidiary fired at least four employees for improperly seeking access to customer data over the last four years, the latest privacy headache for the video doorbell maker it acquired in 2018. “Although each of the …

How’s Your Driving? If You Use an App Insurers Could Be Watching

Apps that let you book a ride to work or borrow a car for your next vacation are feeding into a revolution in auto insurance — while also raising some privacy red flags. Data on everything from how frequently a …

Twitter Blamed for Saudi Spy Hack of Activist Tied to Khashoggi

A Saudi dissident sued Twitter Inc. claiming its failure to tell him about a state-sponsored hack of his account led to government agents discovering his plans for a social media protest with Jamal Khashoggi a few months before the journalist …

Facebook Pays Record $5 Billion to Settle U.S. Privacy Claims

Facebook Inc. agreed to pay a record $5 billion to resolve a U.S. investigation into years of privacy violations, a settlement that increases the board of directors’ responsibility for protecting users’ data while changing little about the company’s lucrative advertising …

Privacy Exclusion Protects Insurer from $60 Million Class Action

A federal judge in Florida has ruled that a policy exclusion for invasion of privacy claims relieved an insurer of any responsibility for a $60 million settlement against a Boca Raton company for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. …

Facebook User Privacy Lawsuits Over Cambridge Analytica Have Legs

There’s no shortage of claims Facebook Inc. violates users’ privacy for profit. Far less common are rulings from U.S. courts finding the company’s practices illegal. A San Francisco federal judge was leaning in that direction Wednesday by indicating he won’t …

Commentary: State and Federal Law Can Help Stop Peeping Drones

In October, a Kentucky judge dismissed criminal charges against a man who had shot down a drone flying over his property. Now the drone’s owner has brought a federal civil suit against the shooter, William Merideth, arguing that the Federal …

Study Reveals Credit Card Data Not so Anonymous

Credit card data isn’t quite as anonymous as promised, a new study says. Scientists showed they can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy by looking at just four purchases, three if the price is included – and this …

Lawyers Ask Montana High Court to Protect Privacy of Workers’ Comp Claimants

Two Billings attorneys are asking the Montana Supreme Court to stop workers’ compensation investigators from practices that they say violate the privacy rights of workers’ comp claimants. The Billings Gazette reports that Gene Jarussi and Michael Eiselein, along with 10 …