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Human Nature Thwarts Widespread Use of Apps Tracking Coronavirus Exposure

The app builders had planned for pranksters, ensuring that only people with verified COVID-19 cases could trigger an alert. They’d planned for heavy criticism about privacy, in many cases making the features as bare-bones as possible. But, as more states …

Top Biden Tech Advisor Is Critic of Internet Firms; Helped Craft California Privacy Law

President-elect Joe Biden’s top technology adviser helped craft California’s landmark online privacy law and recently condemned a controversial federal statute that protects internet companies from liability, indicators of how the Biden administration may come down on two key tech policy …

From Google to Webex to Teams to Zoom: How to Choose a Videoconferencing App

The coronavirus crisis has seen millions locked in their homes turn to videoconferencing apps, bringing with it question marks over security and privacy and a new verb – Zoombombing – the practice of uninvited users crashing into conversations. From easy-access …

Court Revives Privacy Violation Claims Against Facebook for Tracking Users

A federal appeals court last Thursday revived nationwide litigation accusing Facebook Inc. of violating users’ privacy rights by tracking their internet activity even after they logged out of the social media website. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in …

AXA XL Appoints Benet as Global Chief Underwriting Officer for Cyber

To help manage its cyber risk portfolio worldwide, AXA XL has named Elizabeth Benet to the newly-created role of global chief underwriting officer for Cyber. Benet will help the insurer monitor its cyber risk portfolio and exposure from an aggregated …

Bipartisan Internet Privacy Proposal Calls for User OK to Share Data But Is Mum on Suits

A top House panel unveiled long-awaited draft privacy legislation that calls for limits on sharing consumers’ information and would allow users to correct their personal data. The draft, which also calls for the Federal Trade Commission to establish a new …

Juul Labs and WeWork Being Sued Under Illinois Biometric Privacy Law

Juul Labs Inc. was sued for collecting biometric data from its online customers as a method of verifying they are legally old enough to buy vaping products. The company was accused in a complaint filed last Thursday in Illinois of …

Microsoft Vows to Honor California’s Consumer Privacy Law Countrywide

Microsoft Corp. said in a blog post on Monday that it would honor California’s privacy law throughout the United States, expanding the impact of a strict set of rules meant to protect consumers and their data. Microsoft said in the …

Microsoft’s Home State’s Facial Recognition Privacy Bill Could Be Model for Others

Two months after calling for laws to regulate facial-recognition software, Microsoft Corp. is lobbying on behalf of a first-of-its-kind bill in its home state of Washington. The question is whether cross-town rival Amazon.com Inc. will support it. Amazon has asked …

Lawyer Suit Says FaceTime Eavesdropped on Talks with Client

Apple Inc. was sued by a Houston lawyer who claims his iPhone inadvertently allowed an unknown person to eavesdrop on his private conversation with a client. Apple has come under fire for a bug in its iOS 12.1 iPhone software …