Apr 242018
 April 24, 2018  Posted by  Laws

Kartikay Mehrotra reports:

Alphabet Inc. is pushing efforts to roll back the most comprehensive biometric privacy law in the U.S., even as the company and its peers face heightened scrutiny after the unauthorized sharing of data at Facebook Inc.

While Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg were publicly apologizing this month for failing to protect users’ information, Google’s lobbyists were drafting measures to de-fang an Illinois law recognized as the most rigorous consumer privacy statute in the country. Their ambition: to strip language from a decade-old policy that regulates the use of fingerprints, iris scans and facial recognition technology, and insert a loophole for companies embracing the use of biometrics.

Read more on Standard.net.

Apr 242018
 April 24, 2018  Posted by  Misc

Gideon Lewis-Kraus reports:

Senator Richard Durbin could scarcely contain himself as he placed his trap for Mark Zuckerberg. “Would you be comfortable,” the senator asked the Facebook chief executive, peering over his glasses with campy solemnity, “sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?”

Zuckerberg seemed at first to have been caught off guard. “Um,” he began, and paused for a brittle laugh. In an instant, however, his furrowed brow relaxed into a shrewd smile at the corner of his mouth. “Uh, no.”

Lewis-Kraus then goes on to discuss the “dead body” problem that has been discussed in the privacy community for more than a decade since the publication of Daniel Solove’s taxonomy of privacy. “Where are the dead bodies,” some have always asked, as if without dead bodies, we could not get people to care enough about privacy harms. But now that we’ve seen what can happen to a national election, is that enough to get people to care enough to do something?

Read more on NY Times.

Apr 232018
 April 23, 2018  Posted by  Announcements, Featured News, Non-U.S.

PogoWasRight is delighted to welcome “Commissioner Miner,” a polite but determined Canadian consumer privacy advocate.  CM has been a regular contributor to this blog for the past decade or so, sending me links to articles of interest in Canada and increasing my awareness of issues in Canada.

At long last, he has accepted his rightful place with his own byline here. His first post is The EU GDPR, ePrivacy Regulation and 3rd Party Consent: Looking for Answers.

If you’d like to follow Commissioner Miner on Twitter, you can find him at @fanCRTCProfling.

Now to get Joe Cadillic also posting here under his own byline. There are some really wonderful privacy advocates out there, and I’d love to have more of them using this site to get their message out.

Apr 222018
 April 22, 2018  Posted by  Breaches, Court, Featured News, Laws, Online

Emma Platoff reports:

An appeals court has struck down Texas’ “revenge porn” law, ruling that the statute is overly broad and violates the First Amendment.

The 2015 state law targets what author state Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, called “a very disturbing internet trend” of posting a previous partner’s nude or semi-nude photos to the web without the partner’s permission, often with identifying information attached. Inspired in part by the testimony of Hollie Toups, a Southeast woman whose intimate photos were posted online, the law made posting private, intimate photos a misdemeanor, carrying a charge of up to a year in jail as well as a $4,000 fine.

Read more on Texas Tribune.