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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

Google ‘Spying’ On People’s App Use, Lawsuit Claims

Google employees “spy” on smartphone users, collecting their sensitive data and information about their use of other companies’ apps, New York resident Robert McCoy alleges in a new class-actioncomplaint.

The lawsuit centers on “Android Lockbox,” a program that “allows Google employees to spy on how Android Smartphone users interact with non-Google apps,” according to McCoy’s complaint, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Source: Google ‘Spying’ On People’s App Use, Lawsuit Claims 08/07/2020

Facebook Beats Investor Suit Over Cambridge Scandal, for Now

Facebook Inc. successfully fought off claims it misled investors about Cambridge Analytica and other data-use issues, although a federal district judge in California gave permission for the plaintiffs to amend their dismissed suit.

The investors challenged more than six dozen Facebook statements about the privacy of users’ data and related topics. Most of the challenged statements weren’t adequately alleged to be false, and the handful that were failed on loss causation grounds

Source: Facebook Beats Investor Suit Over Cambridge Scandal, for Now (1)

Clearview AI Mounts a First Amendment Defense

Clearview AI has hired Floyd Abrams, a top lawyer, to help fight claims that selling its data to law enforcement agencies violates privacy laws.

Clearview AI has scraped billions of photos from the internet, including from platforms like LinkedIn and Instagram, and sells access to the resulting database to law enforcement agencies.

The company also faces two lawsuits filed in state courts: one from Vermont’s attorney general and one from the American Civil Liberties Union in Illinois, where a statute forbids the corporate use of residents’ faceprints without explicit consent.

Source: Facial Recognition Start-Up Mounts a First Amendment Defense – The New York Times

Instagram Faces Lawsuit Over Illegal Harvesting Of Biometrics

Facebook is facing allegations it illegally harvests the biometric data of users, this time in a lawsuit that targets Instagram.

In the lawsuit, filed in state court in Redwood City, California, the company is accused of collecting, storing and profiting from the biometric data of more than 100 million Instagram users, without their knowledge or consent.

Source: Instagram Faces Lawsuit Over Illegal Harvesting Of Biometrics

Multiple Retailers Sued Under CCPA for Sharing Data Used to Identify Fraudulent Returns

Earlier this year, The Retail Equation, a loss prevention service provider, and Sephora were hit with a class action lawsuit in which the plaintiff claimed Sephora improperly shared consumer data with The Retail Equation without consumers’ knowledge or consent.

The plaintiff claimed The Retail Equation did so to generate risk scores that allegedly were “used as a pretext to advise Sephora that attempted product returns and exchanges are fraudulent and abusive.”

Source: Multiple Retailers Sued Under CCPA for Sharing Data Used to Identify Fraudulent Returns

Consumer privacy group files privacy breach court case against Oracle and Salesforce

A Dutch consumer privacy group has brought a class action claim against tech giants Oracle and Salesforce, alleging that their involvement in placing third party cookies to help track and target internet users with adverts breaches privacy laws.

The Privacy Collective, a non-for-profit foundation, claims that the tech giants are effectively using Dutch customer data without their explicit consent and has taken them to court, claiming at least €10bn in damages. A similar case, also fully funded by Innsworth litigation funder, is set to be filed in England and Wales.

Source: Consumer privacy group files privacy breach court case against Oracle and Salesforce – DutchNews.nl

UK Court Finds Unlawful Use of Automated Facial Recognition by Police

On August 11, 2020, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales overturned the High Court’s dismissal of a challenge to South Wales Police’s use of Automated Facial Recognition technology (AFR), finding that its use was unlawful and violated human rights.

In September 2019, the UK’s High Court had dismissed the challenge to the use of AFR, determining that its use was necessary and proportionate to achieve South Wales Police’s statutory obligations.

Source: UK Court of Appeal Finds Automated Facial Recognition Technology Unlawful in Bridges v South Wales Police

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