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Top News: Snapchat faces BIPA suit, Twitter fined by the FTC, and more

Italy DPA fines Uber

The Garante (Italian DPA) has imposed a fine of €4.2 million on Uber for multiple data processing violations. An inspection by the authority found that the company was operating with an incomplete information notice, a lack of valid consent to process the data, and no information on user geo-location. Read More

Snapchat faces BIPA suit

Snapchat is facing a class-action lawsuit in violation of the Illinois Biometric Privacy Information Act (BIPA). The petitioners claim that Snapchat scans users' faces when they use the Lenses app without the user’s informed written consent. Read More

Twitter fined by the FTC

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a fine to Twitter for deceptively using account security data to sell targeted ads. The $150 million penalty was in violation of a 2011 FTC order that explicitly prohibited the company from misrepresenting its privacy and security practices. Read More

Washington AG sues Zuckerberg

The Washington, D.C. AG has sued Mark Zuckerberg for his alleged role in the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal. The complaint accuses Zuckerberg of directly participating in decision-making that allowed Cambridge Analytica to make unauthorized use of Facebook data for political purposes. Read More

CMA opens fresh probe against Google

The U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has opened a fresh investigation against Google, the second such inquiry against the company, probing whether its role in the ad tech industry may be distorting competition. The CMA is concerned about the impact of Google’s preference for its own ad exchange services and its compatibility with third-party ad servers. Read More


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