Devindra Hardawar reports: The results from Uber’s six-week-long external privacy audit, spurred on by several high profile security controversies, are in. And, surprisingly, the final report looks positively rosy for the on-demand taxi company . “Uber has dedicated significantly more resources to privacy than we have observed of other companies of its age, sector, and size,” auditors from the […]
Nathan Schissel and Kristél Kriel write: Two recent Canadian court decisions suggest that employers can be held liable for privacy breaches by their employees. In particular, this issue was recently considered in the context of two separate class actions. The first involved a major bank, while the second involved a regional health authority located in […]
Graham Cluley writes: 17-year-old security researcher Indrajeet Bhuyan has discovered a privacy hole in WhatsApp that could expose your account’s profile photo to complete strangers, even if you have set it to be viewable to Contacts Only. Read more on GrahamCluley.com.
Chris Morran reports: Once again, a business who is displeased with an anonymous review on Yelp is trying to sue that reviewer and attempting to compel Yelp to reveal that user’s actual identity. But this morning, lawyers for Yelp and consumer advocates were in court to argue that there is no justification for unmasking the […]
From the FTC: The operator of an alleged “revenge porn” website is banned from publicly sharing any more nude videos or photographs of people without their affirmative express consent, under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. In addition, he will have to destroy the intimate images and personal contact information he collected while operating the site. […]
The Register reports: The UK’s main competition regulator is looking to build its knowledge of how consumer data is collected, used and traded by businesses. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has asked businesses, trade bodies and other stakeholders to provide it with information about the commercial use of UK consumer data (10-page/262KB PDF). This […]
Neil Ford writes: The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights has released a report criticising of state surveillance and the collection of personal data by corporate interests. In its newly released mass surveillance report, the Committee says that the Assembly is “deeply worried about threats to internet security […]