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Top News: Amazon being probed for “dark patterns”, Cisco confirms hack, and more

CFPB issues rule for advertisers of financial products

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued an interpretive rule for digital marketing providers that use behavioral targeting for financial products. It states that “digital marketers acting as service providers can be held liable by the CFPB or other law enforcers for committing unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices as well as other consumer financial protection violations.” Read More

FTC probes Amazon for the use of “dark patterns”

The FTC has deepened its investigation against Amazon to check the use of “dark patterns" in its Prime subscription cancellation process. The agency subpoenaed some current and former Amazon employees as part of the investigation. Read More

Criteo faces fine for GDPR violation

The CNIL has issued a €60 m fine against advertising technology company Criteo for violating the terms of the GDPR. The penalty was imposed over the usage of certain tracking techniques and data processing practices for behavioral advertising. Read More

Instagram, Facebook apps track users’ data on iOS

An analysis by developer Felix Krause has revealed that both Instagram and Facebook can track users from their in-app browsers in iOS. Both the apps use their own in-app browser on iOS instead of the one offered by Apple for third-party apps. Read More

Cisco confirms hack

Cisco confirmed that it was hacked after stolen data from the company was published on the dark web. The company confirmed that the initial access vector was through the successful phishing of an employee’s personal Google account, which ultimately led to the compromise of their credentials and access to the Cisco VPN. The news comes days after Twilio and Cloudflare reported similar attacks. Read More

Amazon sued over BIPA violations

Amazon faces a class-action lawsuit for violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) by allowing online learning company ProctorU to use Rekognition facial-recognition technology to verify students' identities. The lawsuit was filed by an Illinois resident who alleges that she was required to show her face and an ID on her computer's camera in order to use Proctor U's software to take tests. Read More


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