Internet privacy News

$5 Billion Lawsuit Accuses Google of Tracking Users’ Private Internet Activity

Google was sued on Tuesday in a proposed class action accusing the internet search company of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by pervasively tracking their internet use through browsers set in “private” mode. The lawsuit seeks at …

Senators Seek to Address Privacy Concerns Over Tech Firms’ Covid-19 Contact Tracing

A group of Republican U.S. senators said Thursday they would introduce legislation to address consumer privacy concerns surrounding technology companies’ efforts to help build contact tracing apps to fight the new coronavirus outbreak. Senator Roger Wicker, who chairs the Commerce …

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 …

Suit Alleges Zoom Overstated Privacy, Did Not Disclose Security Flaws

Zoom Video Communications Inc. was slapped with a class action suit by one of its shareholders on Tuesday, accusing the video-conferencing app of overstating its privacy standards and failing to disclose that its service was not end-to-end encrypted. Shareholder Michael …

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 …

Senate Democrats’ Bill Would Establish Consumer Rights Over Internet Data, Privacy

Democratic senators proposed legislation on Tuesday that would set penalties for online companies like Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. if they mishandle users’ personal data. The measure comes at a time when the luster of the Big Tech platforms, …

Privacy Law Favored by Tech Firms Gains Support Among House Democrats

A group of more than 100 centrist Democratic House lawmakers is throwing its weight behind a privacy bill that has been praised by alliances of software and internet giants. The move is one of the first large-scale endorsements of a …

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 …

Alexa, Why Was a Lawsuit Filed Against You?

If Big Brother isn’t watching, maybe his little sister is listening. An international law firm has filed a federal lawsuit against Amazon.com Inc., alleging that the company’s Alexa virtual assistant product violated privacy laws in Massachusetts and seven other states …

Emails Suggest CEO Zuckerberg Aware of Facebook’s Privacy Faults, WSJ Reports

Facebook Inc. emails appear to show Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg’s involvement in discussions about its much criticized privacy practices, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The newspaper said reporters had not seen …