Feb 162019
 February 16, 2019  Posted by  Court, Surveillance, U.S.

Nate Gartrell and David Debolt report:

A Bay Area man who advocates for privacy rights filed a lawsuit against three Contra Costa County sheriff employees, alleging that he was nearly arrested after a police license plate reader mistakenly flagged his car as stolen.

Brian Hofer, 41, filed the federal lawsuit in November, seeking unspecified damages. The suit names three sheriff employees as defendants — Deputy “K. Emley,” Deputy “B. Gant,” and Sgt. “W. Odom” — and alleges police held Hofer and his brother at gunpoint after their rental car was wrongfully reported as stolen.

Iroincally (sic), Hofer is chair of Oakland’s Privacy Advisory Commission, which has raised privacy concerns over law enforcement use of license plate readers.

Read more on Mercury News.

Feb 162019
 February 16, 2019  Posted by  Business, Online, Surveillance

Salvador Rodriguez reports:

In early 2018, a Facebook user made a public threat on the social network against one of the company’s offices in Europe.

Facebook picked up the threat, pulled the user’s data and determined he was in the same country as the office he was targeting. The company informed the authorities about the threat and directed its security officers to be on the lookout for the user.

“He made a veiled threat that ‘Tomorrow everyone is going to pay’ or something to that effect,” a former Facebook security employee told CNBC.

Read more on CNBC.

via Joe Cadillic

Feb 152019
 February 15, 2019  Posted by  Breaches, Court, Healthcare

Brett Kelman reports:

A former Vanderbilt University Medical Center doctor who is accused of using his hospital privileges to snoop into the private medical records of his ex-wife has filed a lawsuit against the hospital for refusing to defend him in court.

Dr. Douglas Burka, who was a surgical resident at Vanderbilt from 2010 to 2012, recently faced lawsuits in Maryland and Maine that accused him of using his position as a doctor to access the confidential medical, gynecological and mental health records of his ex-wife so he could embarrass her during a messy divorce.

This alleged violation of privacy primarily occurred at hospitals in Maryland and Maine, the lawsuits state, but supposedly began while Burka worked at Vanderbilt. Before the divorce, Burka allegedly snooped in his wife’s records while she was in therapy at Vanderbilt in 2011.

Read more on Tennessean.

Feb 152019
 February 15, 2019  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Govt

Tony Romm reports:

The Federal Trade Commission and Facebook are negotiating over a multibillion-dollar fine that would settle the agency’s investigation into the social media giant’s privacy practices, according to two people familiar with the probe.

The fine would be the largest the agency has ever imposed on a technology company, but the two sides have not yet agreed on an exact amount. Facebook has expressed initial concern with the FTC’s demands, one of the people said. If talks break down, the FTC could take the matter to court in what would likely be a bruising legal fight.

Read more on SFGate.

h/t, Joe Cadillic