Top news: Retailers suffer data breach, Texas AG sues Meta, and more



500 online retailers experience data breach

A data breach involving more than 500 online retailers was discovered by security service provider Sansec. The breach affected companies using the Magento 1 e-commerce platform, which Adobe stopped supporting on June 30, 2020. Read More


Texas AG sues Meta

The Texas Attorney General has sued Facebook parent Meta alleging that the company captured the biometric data of Texans without their informed consent, in violation of state privacy laws. The suit claims the company has been "storing millions of biometric identifiers" contained in photos and videos people uploaded to its services, including Facebook and Instagram. Read More


Kronos settles against BIPA violation

Employee timeclock vendor Kronos has agreed to pay $15m as a settlement against a class-action lawsuit, alleging the company violated Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The lawsuit claimed the company failed to obtain written consent from employees before using the technology to collect their fingerprint data. Read More


Google to limit ad tracking on Android

Google announced the start of a multi-year process to limit ad tracking on its Android operating system. The new process will phase out the unique advertising ID in favor of alternative targeting mechanisms that are aimed to protect user privacy. Read More


Virginia passes bill for police to use facial recog

The Virginia Senate approves bill allowing the local police departments to use facial recognition databases to identify anyone involved in a “specific criminal incident, or a specific citizen welfare situation.” The bill restricts matches from being used to obtain search and arrest warrants. Read More