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IT’S THE LAW (06/28/2022)

Colorado, one of 5 US states with a new privacy law, has just passed a biometrics law that limits use of facial recognition by state government agencies and higher ed institutions. This law requires organizations that intend to “develop, procure or use” facial recognition technology to provide notice of intent, including how the data will be stored and protected. Prior to beginning use of a system, agencies will need to submit an accountability report, and they must also train users to ensure compliance with related prohibitions.

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Consumers ditch/switch period tracking apps over weekend

June 28, 2022

Alarm bells sounded across the US as citizens considered privacy implications of Friday’s Supreme Court ruling striking down Roe v. Wade. News warnings advising deletion of period tracking apps sparked fears that resulted in huge drops and gains for different apps – and sometimes both happened on the same platform. But the problem is, many decisions (including for one app that saw a 6,000% increase in its average daily downloads) were based on corporate messaging and gut impressions, rather than on what consumers knew about given app privacy practices.

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Many US organizations unprepared for new privacy regulations, according to survey, & they’re wishing for a federal law

June 28, 2022

Privacy spending budgets are going up and corporate executives are concerned, but only 59% of those surveyed by Womble Bond Dickson law firm, felt their organization was “very prepared” to meet state guidelines in new US consumer privacy legislation. Further, 88% said they would prefer having a federal law to more state regulations. While 89% reported their tech budget had increased, the majority indicated it did so at a moderate pace.

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Big Tech Suffers Big Drop in Customer Data Trust: Jebbit Survey

August 8, 2022

Greater public attention to privacy has reduced trust in all tech providers, including those like Apple and Google that have positioned themselves as privacy-friendly.  Apple’s rank in Jebbit’s annual Consumer Data Trust Index fell from 17 to 43, while Google fell from number 4 to 89.  Amazon fell just slightly, from first to fourth place, while Facebook actually improved a bit from 97 to 88.

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