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Twitter Sued Over ‘Inadvertent’ Use Of Phone Numbers For Advertising

Twitter has been hit with a lawsuit for allegedly drawing on users’ phone numbers to serve them with targeted ads.

Complaintant claims Twitter violated a Washington state law regarding the unlawful procurement of telephone numbers. Complaint comes almost one year after Twitter said it “inadvertently” allowed marketers to target people based on phone numbers and emails collected for security purposes.

Source: Twitter Sued Over ‘Inadvertent’ Use Of Phone Numbers For Advertising 09/23/2020

Instagram Sued For Privacy Violations Over Unauthorized Camera Access

On Thursday in the Northern District of California, Brittany Conditi filed a class-action complaint against Instagram and its parent company Facebook for invasion of privacy alleging that Instagram accessed users’ smartphone cameras when not using features that would require camera access, despite the defendants’ representations to the contrary.

According to the complaint, Instagram “has access to a user’s smartphone camera for the limited purpose of allowing users to directly take a photograph or video and then post that content to its platform.” Furthermore, Instagram “claims to only access users’ smartphone cameras with user permission, such as when a user is interacting with the Instagram application’s…camera feature.” According to the complaint, Instagram stated it does not access a user’s camera when the camera feature is not in use. However, the plaintiff proffered that Instagram “does more than it claims.”

Source: Instagram Sued For Privacy Violations Over Unauthorized Camera Access – Tech

YouTube faces legal battle over British children’s privacy

Google, YouTube’s parent company, is facing a landmark claim over the use of children’s data in the UK.

A claim lodged with the High Court against parent company Google accuses the firm of collecting children’s data without parental consent. Privacy expert Duncan McCann, who is bringing the action, argues this is a breach of UK and European (EU) law.

He told the BBC that the class action is the first in Europe brought against a technology firm on behalf of children. He says that estimated damages of more than £2bn are being sought for about five million British children as well as their parents or guardians.

Source: YouTube faces legal battle over British children’s privacy – BBC News

Facebook suffers blow in Australia legal fight over Cambridge Analytica

Tech giant fails to convince court it doesn’t carry out business in Australia as privacy regulator accuses Facebook of breaches.

The Australian privacy regulator’s case accuses Facebook of serious and repeated breaches of privacy law, saying its actions left the data of about 311,127 Australian Facebook users exposed to being sold and “used for purposes including political profiling, well outside users’ expectations”.

Source: Facebook suffers blow in Australia legal fight over Cambridge Analytica | Technology | The Guardian

Facebook appealing order by Ireland’s privacy regulator that could halt EU-US data transfers

Facebook is appealing a preliminary order from the Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC) that the social media company says would require it to stop data transfers between the US and the European Union.

The IDPC sent a preliminary order to Facebook last month directing the company to suspend data transfers to the US about EU users. The order is the first attempt by an EU regulator to enforce a ruling by the EU’s Court of Justice, which invalidated Privacy Shield, a data-sharing protocol that allowed American companies to transfer personal information about EU citizens to the US for processing.

Source: Facebook appealing order by Ireland’s privacy regulator that could halt EU-US data transfers – The Verge

NSA Mass Surveillance Program Illegal, U.S. Court Rules

The NSA argued its mass surveillance program stopped terrorist attacks – but a new U.S. court ruling found that this is not, and may have even been unconstitutional.

A U.S. federal appeals court ruled that the controversial National Security Agency (NSA) mass surveillance program exposed in 2013 was illegal – and may have even been unconstitutional.

Source: NSA Mass Surveillance Program Illegal, U.S. Court Rules | Threatpost

ECHR dismisses Privacy International case on UK state hacking

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) dismissed the claim Privacy International and coalition of internet and communications service providers and campaign groups for failure to pursue all domestic remedies.

Coalition in ECHR challenged the conduct of hacking operations abroad by one of the UK’s intelligence agencies, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), and originated in the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), which hears claims against the UK intelligence agencies.

Source: PI’s statement on the ECtHR decision in Privacy International v. UK | Privacy International

Former DarkNet Moderator Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison

A Colorado man received a prison sentence of 11 years for having served as a moderator on the AlphaBay underground marketplace.

According to court documents, Herrell had acted as a moderator on AlphaBay by helping to mediate disputes between vendors and buyers of guns, drugs, stolen identity data and other illegal items. He also monitored for instances in which individuals attempted to scam users of the marketplace.

Source: Former AlphaBay Moderator Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison

Government ordered to rewrite German telecom act due to privacy concerns

Germany’s Constitutional Court has told the government to revise the Telecommunications Act by the end of next year as it violates the right of citizens to phone and internet privacy.

The law at present is unconstitutional because authorities have too much access to people’s data and the privacy of Germans should be better protected, the court ruled.

Source: Government ordered to rewrite German telecom act due to privacy concerns – PrivSec Report

Marriott International faces class action suit over mass data breach

Technology consultant leads legal action after hackers stole personal details of 300m guests.

Hotel group Marriott International is facing a class action lawsuit in London’s high court from millions of customers, who are seeking compensation after their personal details were stolen in one of the world’s largest data breaches .

Source: Marriott International faces class action suit over mass data breach

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