“A loose coalition of privacy-minded digital rights groups and policymakers is crafting a strategy to rein in facial recognition technology in cities across the country. ”

“Three cities thus far have banned government use of the technology: San Francisco, Somerville, a suburb of Boston, and now Oakland. Using facial recognition bans in those cities as

“We would like the chance to think about it first”​

Feedback from 1,200 Irish school children on key issues of data protection provides insight and some actionable steps for companies processing children’s information and subject to the EU GDPR (or to the US COPPA).

Read the full list of takeaways.

“The decision to impose documentation requirements, rather than bright line rules, represents a significant departure from how the government traditionally aims to protect the public. It is akin to if federal regulators, instead of ordering automakers to install seatbelts, ordered them to document the pros and cons of installing seatbelts, and to decide for themselves

A proposed New York City bill would make it illegal for cellphone companies and mobile app developers to share location data gathered while a customer’s mobile device is within the five boroughs.

The bill would restrict cellphone companies and mobile apps from sharing location data to situations where they were “providing a service explicitly requested”

The Federal Trade Commission is seeking comments on the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule.

In light of continued rapid changes in technology, the Federal Trade Commission is seeking comment on the effectiveness of the amendments the agency made to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (COPPA Rule) in 2013 and whether additional changes

The FTC has entered into a consent order with a sole proprietor for a failure to implement reasonable protections of personal information.

At issue were the following statements, which the FTC held to be deceptive/misleading:

  • “[We] utilize the latest security and encryption techniques to ensure the security of your account information.”
  • “We understand clearly that

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has entered into a settlement agreement with a company that claims on its website that it is EU U.S. Privacy Shield certified, when in fact, it had only started the process and stopped midway.

The FTC also sent warning letters to:

  • 13 companies that falsely claimed they participate in

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has entered into a settlement with a provider of management software for car dealerships that held personal information, including SSN’s and payroll information, in cleartext, holding its practices to be in violation of the FTC Act’s prohibition against unfair practices and GLBA’s Safeguards Rule, which requires financial institutions to develop,

To sue or not to sue (for privacy violations), that is the question.

“Lawmakers negotiating a national privacy bill are clashing over whether to allow consumers to sue companies … over privacy violations — in what’s shaping up to be another potential roadblock to bipartisan legislation. Republicans and Democrats are split over whether to include