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

March 2, 2021

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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Transparency at issue again for Smart Cities development project

March 2, 2021

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. Read More – Portland Read More – Toronto

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Two-Thirds of C-Suite Can’t Recognize Bad Data: Fivetran Report

December 6, 2021

Like the determined optimist who tells his boss the factory is on fire by reporting they’ll soon be able to update their equipment, let’s find some silver linings in a batch of gloomy surveys today, Dear Reader.  We’ll start with this Fivetran report, which finds that 85% of data leaders say their company has lost money by basing decisions on bad data, and 66% believe their C-suite can’t tell when that happens.  The bright side is there’s lots of room for improvement.

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