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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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Just 17% of Martech System Replacements Are Home-Built: MarTech Report

July 7, 2022

The build-vs-buy debate never ends, and sometimes build really makes sense.  But buy is clearly the way to bet: just 17% of martech replacement projects chose a homegrown solution this year, according to this MarTech survey.  That’s down from 31% the year before.  CDPs were among the least common replacements, maybe because they’re awesome and maybe because most CDP implementations are fairly new.  Download for more fun facts.

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