Children’s Privacy: Class action charging Google, Hasbro, YouTube with ad targeting minors revived by 9th Circuit court

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals revived a children’s privacy lawsuit which alleged Google, Hasbro, Mattel, Dreamworks and others had violated state laws that are similar to the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by tracking the YouTube activity of children under age 13 without parental consent for the purpose of ad tracking.

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Biden bans government employees from TikTok, and Bytedance admits inappropriate user data access

January 3, 2023

The Biden administration passed a ban on TikTok in its spending bill this week. This is due to ongoing concern about TikTok, which is owned by ByteDance, over security practices. At the same time, ByteDance management has conceded several of their employees had gained inappropriate access to user data as reported this fall by Forbes, which claimed the company’s Internal Audit team planned to use data to surveil some individual American citizens.

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Children’s Privacy: Malawi’s kids’ ID registration program a privacy red flag

January 3, 2023

Malawi, which has no privacy law, currently has a children’s ID collection program underway with the intent to register 8.4 million of its children under age 16. The program is part of the national Digital Malawi program which has the goal of linking all Malawi citizens to a government database.  Privacy advocates are concerned about the scope of the data being collected, potential for use in government surveillance, and that biometric data is being collected on children as young as newborns.

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Salesforce Buys for Automated Customer Service

September 22, 2023

Salesforce is buying, which builds low-code, AI-powered e-commerce customer service agents.  You might have thought Salesforce could already do that, but presumably Airkit does it better.  It doesn’t hurt that the company founders sold a previous business to Salesforce, the company was partly funded by Salesforce Ventures, and the product is already listed on AppExchange.  Price was not announced.

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