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IRS stops the use of facial recognition software

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service will cease the use of facial recognition to help authenticate users creating new online accounts. The decision was undertaken after users raised concerns over the collection of biometric data by software from ID.me. Read More


RIPTA data breach affects 22k

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) suffered a data breach, compromising the personal information of about 22,000 individuals. The compromised data included Social Security numbers and Medicare identification numbers of 5,000 RIPTA employees and 17,000 employees of other state agencies. Read More


McDonald's to pay $50m settlement

McDonald's has agreed to a settlement of $50 million as part of a class-action lawsuit filed by its Illinois employees. The restaurants were found to be violating the state Biometric Information Privacy Act by requiring certain employees to provide their biometric information without providing proper disclosures or obtaining required consent. Read More


CNIL finds Google Analytics breach

French data protection watchdog, the CNIL, has found a French website manager’s use of Google Analytics to be in violation of the bloc’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The data collected by the website is transferred to the United States, which is in breach of the GDPR’s Article 44. Read More


Google sued by PriceRunner

Swedish price comparison website, PriceRunner, is suing Google for about $2.4 billion for manipulating search results in favor of its own services. The lawsuit follows the European Commission’s ruling that established Google has breached antitrust laws by promiting its own shopping comparison product. Read More