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FTC Remedial Power Under Scrutiny at U.S. Supreme Court

On Wednesday, January 13, the Supreme Court heard arguments in AMG Capital Management LLC v. Federal Trade Commission.

This case raises the question whether the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been properly using Section 13(b) of the FTC Act, the provision authorizing requests for preliminary and permanent injunctions where the FTC believes the defendant “is violating, or is about to violate, any provision of law enforced by the Federal Trade Commission,” to obtain monetary relief such as disgorgement or restitution.

Source: FTC Remedial Power Under Scrutiny at U.S. Supreme Court

Vaccine Site Uses Credit History to Verify Patients’ Identities

When retired web developer Catherine Kunicki tried to sign up for her first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in downtown Brooklyn, the AdvantageCare Physicians website rejected her. She received an error message that her identity couldn’t be verified through Experian, a credit monitoring company.

The website claims that AdvantageCare Physicians does not get information about a patient’s credit score. But Experian is a credit reporting company and big data company, and the tool the vaccine scheduling website is using verifies identities by using information that shows up in people’s Experian credit histories.

This is a problem for a lot of reasons. One-in-five Americans is “credit invisible” or has poor credit. Black Americans are more likely to have poor credit; they are also disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

Full article: Vaccine Site Uses Credit History to Verify Patients’ Identities

FAA Publishes Final Rule for Operating Drones Over People

The Federal Aviation Administration published the final rule for the operation of drones over people.

The rule allows drones to operate over people without first obtaining a waiver to do so. The drone must meet certain requirements (e.g. the drone can’t have exposed rotating blades) and the rule doesn’t generally allow sustained flight over large gatherings of people outside.

Source: FAA Publishes Final Rule for Operating Drones Over People

Facebook’s EU-US data transfers face their final countdown

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has agreed to swiftly finalize a long-standing complaint against Facebook’s international data transfers which could force the tech giant to suspend data flows from the European Union to the US within in a matter of months.

The DPC has made the commitment to a swift resolution of Schrems’ complaint now in order to settle a judicial review of its processes which noyb, his privacy campaign group, filed last year in response to its decision to pause his complaint and opt to open a new case procedure.

Source: Facebook’s EU-US data transfers face their final countdown | TechCrunch

Tech Giants Hope for US Data Privacy Law

Google, Twitter and Amazon are hopeful that Joe Biden’s incoming administration in the United States will enact a federal digital data law, senior company officials said at CES, the annual electronics and technology show.

“There are more than 100 national data privacy laws in the world,” said Anne Toth, director of Amazon’s Alexa Trust. “We’re dealing with a forever patchwork quilt but we’re trying to minimize the differences.”

Source: Tech Giants Hope for US Data Privacy Law | SecurityWeek.Com

Alphabet unit Wing blasts new U.S. drone ID rule, citing privacy

Alphabet Inc’s drone delivery unit Wing criticized Trump administration rules issued this week mandating broadcast-based remote identification of drones, saying they should be revised to allow for internet-based tracking.

On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued rules that will allow small drones to fly over people and at night in the United States and mandate remote identification technology for nearly all drones.

Source: Alphabet unit Wing blasts new U.S. drone ID rule, citing privacy | Reuters

2 in 3 US Consumers Don’t Care Whether Or Not Their Devices are Recording All the Time

While most major smart home devices and smartphones explicitly state they are not always listening, many consumers express a lack of concern. The Safety.com research team conducted a survey of 1,091 U.S. residents, asking them if they cared whether their smart home devices were always listening.

Study found that:

  • 66.7% of people responded that they don’t care whether their home devices are always listening.
  • Women are more concerned about their smart devices listening than men by a margin of over 7%.
  • Millennials and Gen Z age brackets are far less concerned about smart devices listening to them all the time than people in the Baby Boomer age bracket. Gen X is evenly spread.
  • Regionality played a small part in respondents’ beliefs. People located in more tech-dominant cities and areas are less concerned about smart devices listening than people in less tech-dominant cities and areas by approximately 6-10% depending on the location.

Source: 66.7% of U.S. Consumers Don’t Care Whether Or Not Their Smart Home Devices are Recording All the Time | Safety.com

Ticketmaster Pays $10 Million Criminal Fine for Intrusions into Competitor’s Computer Systems

Ticketmaster Used Passwords Unlawfully Retained by a Former Employee of a Competitor to Access Computer Systems in Scheme to “Choke Off” the Victim’s Business.

Ticketmaster agreed to pay a $10 million fine to resolve charges that it repeatedly accessed without authorization the computer systems of a competitor. The fine is part of a deferred prosecution agreement that Ticketmaster has entered with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York to resolve a five-count criminal information filed today charging computer intrusion and fraud offenses.

Source: Ticketmaster Pays $10 Million Criminal Fine for Intrusions into Competitor’s Computer Systems

New York Temporarily Bans Facial Recognition Technology in Schools

On December 22, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law legislation that temporarily bans the use or purchase of facial recognition and other biometric identifying technology in public and private schools until at least July 1, 2022.

The legislation also directs the New York Commissioner of Education to conduct a study on whether this technology is appropriate for use in schools. In his press statement, Governor Cuomo indicated that the legislation comes after concerns were raised about potential risks to students, including issues surrounding misidentification by the technology as well as safety, security and privacy concerns.

Source: New York Temporarily Bans Facial Recognition Technology in Schools

Law enforcement wiretapped the very service used by criminals to evade interception

The virtual private network (VPN) Safe-Inet used by the world’s foremost cybercriminals has been taken down in a coordinated law enforcement action led by the German Reutlingen Police Headquarters together with Europol and law enforcement agencies from around the world.

This VPN service was sold at a high price to the criminal underworld as one of the best tools available to avoid law enforcement interception, offering up to 5 layers of anonymous VPN connections.

Much of the criminal activity occurring on the network involved cyber actors responsible for ransomware, E-skimming breaches, spearphishing, and account takeovers.

Source: Law enforcement wiretapped the very service used by criminals to evade interception

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