TikTok & Facebook have big payouts due from biometric suits
As more legislation is being crafted to address biometric privacy, two rulings reinforce the importance of vigilance in this area. Massachusetts' new law providing guardrails on police ID practices is an attempt to support law enforcement and citizens alike.
--Susan Raab, Editor
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Transparency at issue again for Smart Cities development project
No Sidewalk data for you, Google & Portland!
For the second time in two years, Sidewalk Labs (owned by the same company as Google) failed to get a permission to design a digital "Smart City," due to concerns about how citizen data it collected would be used. Portland pulled the project due to concerns about lack of transparency, the same reason Toronto cited when they stopped working with Sidewalk Labs on what was intended to also be an experiment in establishing an urban data trust.
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Payout is among largest privacy-related to date
TikTok to pay $92M to settle data harvesting lawsuits
TikTok will pay $92M to settle more than 20 federal lawsuits. Most of the suits were filed on behalf of minors from ages 6 and up. Data, which included facial recognition information that TikTok harvested, was reported shared with third parties including in China.