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HBO accused in class action of violating federal law for sharing viewing history with Facebook

The Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), passed in 1988 to protect personal data of Blockbuster and VHS rental customers, has recently been used in suits against streaming services including Hulu, AMC and ESPN. Now, a federal class action suit out of New York accuses HBO of violating the VPPA because it shares customer lists with Facebook, which can subsequently use the HBO data and Facebook’s profile data to ascertain customer viewing habits.

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Clearview AI fined $22M by Italy; told to erase collected data; banned from future collection

March 15, 2022

Italy’s data protection authority, the GPDP, found that ClearviewAI violated fundamental rules of GDPR when it collected biometric and geolocation data on its citizens. The data was collected without obtaining consent, so there was no transparency, or limitations on data usage or storage. Clearview is now required to erase the collected data and banned from future collection or processing of facial recognition data in Italy.

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Independent Grocer Is First to Deploy Amazon Just Walk Out Technology

December 7, 2022

Here’s a retail story that doesn’t involve a media network – but don’t worry, it does feature Amazon, AI, and Kansas City.  Independent retailer Community Groceries will be the first non-Amazon company to deploy the Amazon One entry gate and Amazon’s Just Walk Out checkout technology.  Amazon One grants entry after reading your palm or credit card, while Just Walk Out tracks what customers put in their cart and charges for it.  O brave new world.

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