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Germany investigates Google speech assistance systems

Based on recordings from whistleblowers, the media recently reported that Google’s Home Speech Assistant was used to evaluate acoustic recordings by employees in order to optimize the speech recognition process.

The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HmbBfDI) has initiated an administrative procedure to prohibit Google from carrying out corresponding evaluations by employees or third parties for the period of three months. This is intended to provisionally protect the rights of privacy of data subjects for the time being.

Source: Speech assistance systems put to the test – Data protection
authority opens administrative proceedings against Google

Google Hit With New Privacy Suit Over Voice Recordings

A group of California residents has sued Google over allegations that the tech giant violates state law by recording their conversations without consent.

Their complaint comes several weeks after the Dutch radio broadcaster VRT reported Google Home smart speakers and Google Assistant were transmitting consumers’ conversations to Google, even when people hadn’t first given the “Hey, Google,” or “OK, Google,” commands.

Three Illinois residents alleged in a complaint filed in Cook County, Illinois Circuit Court that Google’s collection and retention of voiceprints violates a state biometric privacy law.

Source: Google Hit With New Privacy Suit Over Voice Recordings 07/30/2019

Italian DPA Issues Judgment Concerning ‘Right to be Forgotten’

On July 22, 2019, the Italian supervisory authority for data protection (Garante) issued a judgment involving the so-called “right to be forgotten”.

The Garante held that, in accordance with Article 21 of the GDPR, the data subject has the right to object to the processing of personal data on the grounds of his or her particular situation.

On that basis, Google is required to stop the processing of the personal data unless it can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds.

Furthermore, the Garante made clear that the principles of data protection apply to any information concerning an identified or identifiable natural person. Thus “right to be forgotten” applies to any searches, not exclusively to searches by individual’s name.

Source: Italian Supervisory Authority Issues Judgment Concerning ‘Right to be Forgotten’

Google to pay $13 million over Street View data collection

Google has agreed to pay a $13 million settlement that could resolve a class-action lawsuit over the company’s collection of people’s private information through its Street View project.

The agreement, if approved by a judge, would resolve a 2010 suit over the Street View program’s privacy violations, ending nearly a decade of legal challenges related to the issue. The legal action began when several people whose data was collected sued Google after it admitted the cars photographing neighborhoods for Street View had also gathered emails, passwords and other private information from wifi networks in more than 30 countries.

Source: Google privacy lawsuit: Tech giant to pay $13 million over Street View data collection – CNN

Google Chrome’s Incognito Mode is way less private than you think

Google Chrome 76 is limiting how you can be tracked in its Incognito Mode. But that doesn’t mean you’re not being tracked at all.

Despite the long-known fact that Incognito isn’t truly anonymous, new research has re-emphasised that Google and other web browsers are still tracking you in privacy mode, even on the most sensitive of sites.

Full article: Google Chrome’s Incognito Mode is way less private than you think | WIRED UK

FTC approves settlement with Google over YouTube kids privacy violations

The Federal Trade Commission has finalized a settlement with Google in its investigation into YouTube for violating federal kids’ privacy laws, according to two people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to discuss it on record.

The settlement finds that Google inadequately protected kids who used its video-streaming service and improperly collected their data in breach of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which prohibits the tracking and targeting of users younger than 13.

Source: FTC approves settlement with Google over YouTube kids privacy violations – The Washington Post

Irish privacy watchdog may launch another Google investigation

Google may have to face further investigations by the Irish Data Protection Commission after reports of contractors being able to hear users’ audio footage submitted to the tech firm’s digital assistant.

The prospective measures follow a data breach notification sent to the Irish data watchdog last week. The news of the Irish DPC’s prospective investigation comes two months after Google revealed upgraded privacy and data protection features at the firm’s annual developer conference.

Source: Irish privacy watchdog may launch another Google investigation

Google is investigating the source of voice data leak

Google  has responded to a report this week from Belgian public broadcaster VRT NWS, which revealed that contractors were given access to Google Assistant voice recordings, including those which contained sensitive information — like addresses, conversations between parents and children, business calls and others containing all sorts of private information.

As a result of the report, Google says it’s now preparing to investigate and take action against the contractor who leaked this information to the news outlet.

The leaker had listened to more than 1,000 recordings, and found 153 were accidental in nature — meaning, it was clear the user hadn’t intended to ask for Google’s help.

Source: Google is investigating the source of voice data leak, plans to update its privacy policies | TechCrunch

Facebook and Google could be forced to tell you how much your data is worth under new US legislation

Tech companies like Facebook and Google could be forced to reveal how much individual users’ data is worth to them under new legislation in the US, according under new legislation in the US.

Putting a dollar figure on how much people’s data is worth is unlikely to be straightforward for the companies involved and the bill could provoke opposition.

Source: Facebook and Google could be forced to tell you how much your data is worth under new US legislation | Business Insider India

French lawsuit accuses Google of violating EU privacy rules

A leading French consumer group has filed a class-action lawsuit accusing Google of violating the European Union’s landmark 2018 privacy rules.

In its filing Wednesday, the UFC Que Choisir group is seeking 1,000 euros in damages for each one of the 200 Google users involved so far. It’s among the first cases challenging tech giants over their application of the EU’s new rules, known as the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR.

Source: French lawsuit accuses Google of violating EU privacy rules | WWMT

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