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California Probing Facebook, Says Social Media Company Stonewalling

California revealed for the first time an 18-month investigation into Facebook Inc.’s privacy practices and accused the social media giant on Wednesday of hampering the probe by failing to turn over emails from Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg. The revelation is …

FTC’s Chopra Tells House Antitrust Panel Big Tech’s Data Practices Threaten Competition

U.S. technology companies sent tens of thousands of documents to the House committee investigating whether they’re using their dominance to thwart competition, as the panel looks to develop recommendations by next year, its chairman said. Representative David Cicilline, who leads …

No-Deal Brexit Could Endanger Billions of Data Transfers; Some Firms Move Data Centers

If Britain hasn’t secured a deal to leave the European Union as the clock ticks past 11 p.m. on Oct. 31, billions of data transfers could be thrown into legal limbo. Though not as visible as lines of trucks backing …

Group Behind California’s Data Privacy Law Wants Another One on the Ballot

The group behind California’s pending data privacy law is working to propose for the upcoming ballot a new law that would give consumers new data rights and place stricter obligations on companies. The group has filed for an initiative with …

A Year after GDPR, How Can U.S. Insurers Prepare for Data Privacy Regs Closer to Home?

More than a year after the European Union implemented its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), U.S. insurers are examining what they can learn as they prepare for the implementation of similar data privacy laws in New York and California. “With …

Clearsurance Offers Consumers Insurance Recommendations While Protecting Data

Insurance carrier review platform Clearsurance has launched a new home, car and renters insurance recommendation service for consumers. Clearsurance says the new data-driven service provides “personalized, conflict-free” insurance recommendations while also protecting users’ data by removing it after the user …

DNA Testing Service Left Client Health Records Open to Public

DNA-testing service Vitagene Inc. left thousands of client health reports exposed online for years, the kind of incident that privacy advocates have warned about as gene testing has become increasingly popular. More than 3,000 user files remained accessible to the …

Anxiety, Policy Limits Rising Ahead of California’s Sweeping Data Privacy Law

Robert L. Wallan’s clients are keeping him quite busy as they fret about the implementation next year of the nation’s most far-reaching data privacy law, which gives California consumers more control over their personal data. Wallan, a partner in Pillsbury …

Data-Driven Insurance Future Clouded by Data Ownership Uncertainty

Insurers need to learn to share their data if they want to take full advantage of the mountain of information generated from connected devices, insurtech executives say. Along the way, somebody’s got to figure out who owns the data. Presentations …

Facebook Faces Lawsuit for Data Breach Affecting Nearly 30 Million Users

Facebook Inc. failed to fend off a lawsuit over a data breach that affected nearly 30 million users, one of several privacy snafus that have put the company under siege. The company’s disclosure in September that hackers exploited several software …