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Top News: Google settles Arizona suit, ICO fines retailer, and more

Google settles Arizona suit

Google has agreed to an $85 million settlement with the state of Arizona in relation to allegations of user tracking via location data. The Arizona Attorney General said the settlement marks the end of one of the biggest consumer fraud lawsuits in the state’s history. Read More

White House OSTP releases 'Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights'

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has released the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights with guidelines for the design, development, and deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) and other automated systems. The blueprint lays out five common sense protections for every American. Read More

Meta settles data scraping suit

Meta has settled a lawsuit against two companies that were scraping data from Facebook and Instagram users for marketing intelligence purposes. The companies agreed to pay a “significant financial sum” and a permanent injunction banning them from scraping Facebook and Instagram data going forward or profiting from the data they collected. Read More

CA Gov signs bills protecting abortion data privacy

California Governor has enacted two laws that are aimed at protecting individuals' abortion data. While bill AB 1242 prohibits state law enforcement entities and corporations from fulfilling search warrant requests from out-of-state law enforcement investigating anyone obtaining a lawful abortion in California, bill AB 2091 bars health care providers from "releasing medical information on an individual seeking abortion care in response to a subpoena or request from out-of-state." Read More

ICO fines retailer for targeted advertising

The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) imposed a fine of 1.48 million GBP against retailer Easylife for using the personal information of nearly 150,000 customers to target them with health-related products without their consent. The company received an additional fine of £130,000 for making 1,345,732 predatory direct marketing calls. Read More

Toyota confirms data breach

Toyota has confirmed that 296,000 pieces of customer information, including email addresses and customer numbers of those using T-Connect, were potentially leaked. The affected customers are individuals who signed up to the service's website using their email addresses since July 2017. Read More

Lloyd's investigates possible cyber attack

Commercial insurance market Lloyd's of London is investigating a possible cyber-attack, with companies on high alert for intrusions. A Lloyd's spokesperson stated that "Lloyd’s has detected unusual activity on its network and we are investigating the issue". Read More


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