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Pentagon testing mass surveillance balloons across the US

The Pentagon has 25 mass surveillance balloons that can monitor and track individual vehicles as they travel across states.

The point of the balloons is “to provide a persistent surveillance system to locate and deter narcotic trafficking and homeland security threats”. But that also means everyday people will be subjected to sweeping government surveillance — without their knowledge or consent.

Source: Pentagon testing mass surveillance balloons across the US | US news | The Guardian

Democratic senator introduces bill limiting use of voter data by political campaigns

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced a bill on Wednesday that would limit the use of voter data by political campaigns.

The legislation is being touted as the first bill “directly responding to Cambridge Analytica,” the 2018 scandal that saw a right-wing political consulting firm use data on millions of American to target pro-Trump messaging at swing voters.

Source: Democratic senator introduces bill limiting use of voter data by political campaigns | TheHill

Moran Tees Up Data Privacy Bill As Senate Effort Splinters

A bipartisan pair of senators has drafted a data privacy bill that would give the Federal Trade Commission more enforcement tools, while pre-empting state laws.

Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) had been working with a group of other Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee members to draft a bill, but that effort stalled in recent months. Moran said he and Blumenthal are now writing their own bill in a bid to see if they can attract the support of other lawmakers, as the August recess looms.

Source: Moran Tees Up Data Privacy Bill As Senate Effort Splinters

New bill could ban facial recognition in public housing

The No Biometric Barriers to Housing Act is expected to be introduced this week. The bill would prohibit the use of facial recognition technology in public housing units that receive funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The proposed bills follows after tenants in Brooklyn filed a legal opposition to their landlord’s application to install a facial recognition entry system. The tenants argued that the use of facial recognition technology was an excessive invasion of privacy.

Source: New bill could ban facial recognition in public housing

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

European Data Protection Board Issues Opinion on U.S. CLOUD Act

On July 10, 2019, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) issued a joint assessment of the impact of the U.S. Clarifying Overseas Use of Data Act (CLOUD Act) on the legal framework for the protection of personal data in the EU.

The institutions note that the extraterritorial effect of the CLOUD Act could result in service providers being “susceptible to facing a conflict of laws between US law and the GDPR and other applicable EU or national law of the Member States.”

Source: European Data Protection Board Issues Opinion on U.S. CLOUD Act

Equifax Agrees to Pay Up to $700 Million to Resolve 2017 Breach

On July 22, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission announced that Equifax Inc. agreed to pay at least $575 million, and potentially up to $700 million, as part of a global settlement agreement with the FTC, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and 50 U.S. states and territories to resolve investigations into the colossal data breach the company suffered in 2017.

Source: Equifax Agrees to Pay Up to $700 Million to Resolve 2017 Breach, the Largest Data Breach Settlement in U.S. History

First company to fail GDPR compliance shares tips

Location data company Teemo was the first to get busted for failing to comply under GDPR guidelines, but it was also the first to become compliant. Now, Teemo CEO shares tips for U.S. companies that are wondering where to start.

Full article: First company to fail GDPR compliance shares tips on prepping for US privacy regs | AdAge

FaceApp responds to privacy concerns as senator asks FBI, FTC to investigate Russian app

The photo-editing app’s ability to realistically age people has seen its popularity surge, but privacy concerns over the Russian-developed program have resulted in calls for it to be investigated by the FBI and FTC.

Questions have been asked over whether the application, which has its headquarters in Saint Petersburg, Russia, is stating clearly that users’ photos are being uploaded to the cloud for processing, rather than it taking place on the device.

Source: FaceApp responds to privacy concerns as senator asks FBI, FTC to investigate Russian app – TechSpot

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