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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 …

Federal Cyber Privacy Bill Calls for Fines, Prison for Executives’ Violations

A senior Democratic U.S. senator on Thursday unveiled draft legislation that would allow hefty fines and as much as 20-year prison terms for executives who violate privacy and cybersecurity standards. Senator Ron Wyden released a draft of legislation that would …

Apple CEO Calls for U.S. Privacy Law to Protect User Data

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Wednesday customer data was being “weaponised with military efficiency” by companies to increase profit. Cook, speaking at the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, said Apple supported a federal privacy law …