The FTC-Facebook Settlement Does Too Little to Protect Your Privacy

The FTC-Facebook Settlement Does Too Little to Protect Your Privacy By Adam Schwartz EFF is disappointed by the terms of the settlement agreement announced today between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Facebook. It is grossly inadequate to the task of protecting the privacy of technology users from Facebook’s surveillance-based system of social networking and targeted advertising. This settlement arises from the FTC’s 2012 settlement order against Facebook, concerning the company’s deceptive statements about user privacy. Facebook violated the 2012 FTC order through its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal,…

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Victory! Illinois Supreme Court Protects Biometric Privacy

Victory! Illinois Supreme Court Protects Biometric Privacy By Jennifer Lynch and Adam Schwartz The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that when companies collect biometric data like fingerprints or face prints without informed opt-in consent, they can be sued. Users don’t need to prove an injury like identity fraud or physical harm—just losing control of one’s biometric privacy is injury enough. In Rosenbach v. Six Flags, a 14 year old brought a challenge against an amusement park for collecting his thumbprint without his informed consent, in violation of Illinois law.…

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