Apr 152014
 

Alexis Kleinman reports: Google announced Monday that it is buying New Mexico-based drone maker Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed sum, the Wall Street Journal reports. If you recognize the name, it’s because Facebook was reportedly in talks to buy the same company. The thing is, Titan Aerospace doesn’t exactly have a huge number of drones yet. In fact, [...]

Apr 142014
 

Benjamin Herold reports: Growing public concern about student-data privacy is prompting fresh scrutiny of the ways technology vendors handle children’s educational information—and opening the gates for a flood of new questions and worries from advocates and school officials. Take prominent ed-tech players Edmodo, Khan Academy, and Pearson. Each already has access to the information of [...]

Apr 102014
 

The director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection notified Facebook and WhatsApp about their obligations to protect the privacy of their users in light of Facebook’s proposed acquisition of WhatsApp. In a letter to the two companies, Bureau Director Jessica Rich noted that WhatsApp has made clear privacy promises to consumers, and that both [...]

Apr 102014
 

The FTC issued the following press release: Two data brokers have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by providing reports about consumers to users such as prospective employers and landlords without taking reasonable steps to make sure that they were accurate, or without making sure their users [...]