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Robinhood Data Breach Nightmare Hinged on Customer Service Slip

Robinhood Markets Inc. caught criticism last year for its shortcomings in customer support. After racing to staff up, the company has a new problem: a customer service representative mishap allowed a hacker to steal the personal information of about 7 …

Zuckerberg’s Early Notes on Privacy Now Haunt Facebook in Suit

If Mark Zuckerberg’s “juvenile jottings” on privacy from 15 years ago still exist, they’re about to be pored over by lawyers. Facebook Inc. was ordered by a court-appointed referee to search for any personal notes by the company founder that …

One State Stands Out in Restricting Corporate Use of Biometrics: Illinois

ST. LOUIS — When night fell, a clerk at a bustling 24-hour MotoMart flipped a switch from behind the counter. Electromagnetic locks sealed the doorway. A window sign, now illuminated in red, warned “facial recognition technology in use” and directed …

Judge Narrows Zoom Lawsuit Over User Privacy, ‘Zoombombing’

A U.S. judge dismissed large parts of a lawsuit accusing Zoom Video Communications Inc of violating users’ privacy rights by sharing personal information with Facebook, Google and LinkedIn, and letting malevolent intruders join Zoom meetings in a practice called Zoombombing. …

Judge Approves $650 Million Facebook Privacy Lawsuit Settlement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) –A federal judge on Friday approved a $650 million settlement of a privacy lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly using photo face-tagging and other biometric data without the permission of its users. U.S. District Judge James Donato approved …

Indianapolis Neighborhoods Scanning Visitors’ License Plates

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Homeowners associations across Indianapolis are increasingly partnering with private companies to surveil their neighborhoods with automated license plate readers. Georgia-based Flock Safety and California-based Vigilant Solutions are among companies that for years have provided the technology to …

Prince Harry And Meghan Sue Over Photo of Son at California Home

LOS ANGELES — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sued Thursday to stop the sale and publication of a photo of their son Archie that they say was shot at their Los Angeles-area home in invasion of their privacy. The royal …

Facebook Sweetens Biometric Privacy Accord to $650 Million

Facebook Inc. bowed to a judge’s concerns and proposed increasing its settlement offer to $650 million to resolve claims by users that the company illegally gathered biometric data through a photo-tagging tool. A federal judge had voiced skepticism about whether …

Tennessee Providing Virus Patient Info to First Responders

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The names and addresses of Tennesseans who have tested positive for COVID-19 are being provided to first responders, law enforcement and paramedics under a state agreement deemed necessary to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The …

Zoom Sued for Fraud Over Privacy, Security Flaws

Zoom Video Communications Inc. was accused by a shareholder of hiding flaws in its video-conferencing app, part of a growing backlash against security loopholes that were laid bare after an explosion in worldwide usage. In a complaint filed Tuesday in …