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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.

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Massachusetts' new law balances police needs to identify unknown persons with minimizing errors inherent in facial recognition technology.  The law allows officers access to information, but only after getting a judge’s permission and having the search run via the state police, FBI, or motor vehicle department. The hope is this will produce more accurate results than allowing officers to search for photo matches via facial recognition apps they select on their own. 

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OneTrust Acquires and Integrates DocuVision's Redacted.ai 

Effective immediately, OneTrust has incorporated DocuVision's data redaction capabilities into its own. The combined technology, OneTrust Data Redaction, will enable companies to find, redact and protect sensitive data in documents and emails. 

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Facebook to pay $650M for faceprint violation of Illinois BIPA law

In what the Illinois judge called "a major win for consumers in the hotly contested area of digital privacy," Facebook has to pay for photo-tagging, collecting and storing people's biometric data in violation of the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). Facebook will also have to turn off its face-recognition settings (but only for Illinois residents!). We'll soon see how other states' biometric laws evolve.

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In Brief: 

New “Private I” TV show on IBMTV wants “Best Practices” stories: Want to know how marketers at other companies are handling privacy challenges? Privacy Co-op has been green-lighted for a 9-episode season slated to start production in April, and the guest line-up is being scheduled now. If you’re a CDO/CMO or other marketing practitioner and have a good story to tell, contact socialmedia@privacyco-op.com with the subject 'Private, I' to propose your idea for the show.

Fulcrum’s new AI capability protects privacy by blurring mobile image features: Inspectors, surveyors and others who take photos with mobile devices to do their work now have a new tool that can ensure they don’t capture and keep facial images and other objects of personally identifiable information. Fulcrum’s no-code mobile app platform can delete or obscure those objects in photos using AI, rather than requiring manual de-identification. Read More

Firefox adds "Total Cookie Protection" feature to prevent cross-site tracking: The feature is aimed at preventing blocking ad tech tracking. This tool is available to people who use Firefox's "strict" mode. Read More

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