Aug 202014
 

Meena Harris writes: The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has approved final orders settling charges against Fandango and Credit Karma that the companies misrepresented the security of their mobile apps and failed to protect the transmission of consumers’ sensitive personal information. The FTC specifically alleged that, although the companies made security promises to consumers that their [...]

Aug 202014
 

Jerry Hirsch reports: Attention valet drivers: Don’t get frisky with the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette — big brother is watching. General Motors is offering next year’s model of the famous sport coupe with a data recorder that captures video, audio and driving data from the vehicle when switched into a special “Valet Mode.” The Vette’s owner [...]

Aug 202014
 

Stephan Dörner reports: US and Chinese tech companies are not the only ones profiting from the “Snowden effect.” Since news broke that former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden disclosed alleged U.S. government surveillance methods worldwide, secure messaging and so-called ‘NSA-proof’ products and companies have sprouted across Germany and Switzerland, two countries who take [...]

Aug 202014
 

Michael Vertanen of AP reports: The retailer Macy’s has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan’s Herald Square. Under the agreement signed Tuesday with New York’s attorney general, the company will adopt new policies on police access to its security camera monitors and against profiling, further [...]

Aug 192014
 

Allison Grande reports: AOL Inc. disclosed on Friday that it doesn’t respond to signals sent by major Web browsers that indicate that online users don’t want their activities to be tracked across websites, although it said it may be willing to reconsider its position if the industry can agree on a uniform do-not-track standard. As [...]

Aug 192014
 

Kate Tummarello reports: A lobbyist for one of the top companies that trades in consumer data is confident that Congress won’t set rules for how online marketers use information about consumers. During a conference held by the Technology Policy Institute in Aspen, Colo. this week, Tony Hadley — senior vice president for government affairs and public policy [...]

Aug 192014
 

Another perspective. Greg Stevens writes: InBloom could have revolutionized our national educational infrastructure. Instead, it’s been taken down by paranoia and misunderstanding, a move that’s stalled significant progress in the realm of edtech. The fall of inBloom is a sad tale about political activists latching onto conspiracy theories and using scare tactics to advance their [...]