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Top news: Wendy’s franchise sued under BIPA, Planned Parenthood under ransomware attack, and more

Wendy’s franchise owners sued under BIPA

Two Wendy’s franchise-owners have been hit with a class-action suit for collecting employees’ biometric data without their consent, in violation of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). Both the companies also failed to provide a retention schedule and guidelines for the destruction of the fingerprint scans. Read More

Panasonic confirms data breach

Panasonic confirmed a breach of its network that exposed some data on a file server that was accessed during the intrusion. Sources reported that the breach started on June 22 and was first discovered on November 11. Read More

Google and Apple fined by Italy’s Antitrust Authority

The Italian Antitrust Authority has fined Google and Apple for two violations of the Consumer Code's transparency principles. Both the companies were sanctioned $10 m for information deficiencies and aggressive practices related to the acquisition and use of consumer data for commercial purposes. Read More

Planned Parenthood under ransomware attack

Planned Parenthood’s Los Angeles affiliate was hacked, compromising information of 400,000 patients in a ransomware attack between October 9 and October 17. An investigation into the incident revealed that an “unauthorized person” had gained access to the group’s network, installed ransomware, and then withdrew files. Read More

Twitter bans sharing private media of people without their consent

In a bid to uphold individuals’ consent, Twitter has banned the sharing of private media of individuals without their consent. However, the policy does not apply “to media featuring public figures or individuals when media and accompanying Tweet text are shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse.” Read More


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