Sep 292016
 September 29, 2016  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Court

Wendy Davis reports:

Google can’t shake a privacy lawsuit alleging that it unlawfully scans Gmail messages.

In a ruling issued late last week, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh in the Northern District of California ruled that people who are suing Google can proceed even without proof of financial injury.


The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed last year by San Francisco resident Daniel Matera, who said he doesn’t have a Gmail account, but is forced to communicate with Gmail users due to the “ubiquity of Gmail.”

Read more on MediaPost.

h/t, Joe Cadillic

Sep 292016
 September 29, 2016  Posted by  Youth & Schools

Administrators at a North Jersey school have calmed privacy concerns after a school in Englewood started using biometric readers to authenticate meal payments.

The school installed the reader after abuse of a card system, with pupils that were permitted free meals swiping in for their friends.

Parents have said at a local meeting that there hasn’t been enough outreach over the new devices.

Read more on Planet Biometrics.

Sep 282016
 September 28, 2016  Posted by  Laws, Non-U.S.

Corinne Reichert reports:

Australian Attorney-General George Brandis has said the government will introduce legislation to amend the Privacy Act for the purposes of protecting anonymised datasets that are collected and published by the Commonwealth.

Claiming that the “privacy of citizens is of paramount importance” to the government, Brandis said the amendment, which will be introduced in the coming months during the spring sittings of Parliament, will criminalise the re-identification of de-identified data.

Read more on ZDNet.

Sep 282016
 September 28, 2016  Posted by  Laws

Will Robinson-Smith reports:

For taprooms like Old Black Bear, the customer always comes first. So the idea of creating an extra burden for them at the register didn’t seem right.

“Just seemed like too much of a burden for them not to at least discuss it with somebody first to try and get our side of it,” Owner Todd Seaton said.

That burden was set to come in the form of a new requirement from the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board proposed earlier this month following a new law passed earlier this year. The law allowed breweries and brew pubs to sell beer for off-site consumption.

The new rule would’ve required them to record the names, addresses, telephone numbers and birth dates for those looking to take beer off site for consumption.

Read more on ABC.