Sephora to pay $1.2M, plus has dubious distinction of being the subject of California’s first major privacy settlement

A sweep of online retailers found Sephora Cosmetics was selling customer data without consent to third party online tracking companies without consent, which is illegal under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The company’s $1.2 million fine marks the first major settlement since CCPA went into effect. Violations included not notifying customers and failures to process customer opt-out requests.

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Good news – the FCC is calling top 15 companies to account

August 30, 2022

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has investigated the data use and retention practices of the top 15 US mobile carriers and found them well out of compliance. In fact, Verizon has been retaining cell tower location data; T-Mobile has been tracking “timing advance data” (which indicates how far a signal is from a cell tower); and AT&T has been helping itself to call record data.  And, while none of the carriers surveyed currently allow people to universally opt out, the FCC is tasking its Enforcement Bureau to launch a new investigation – and they’re inviting users to weigh in with their concerns and privacy complaints.

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Amazon Backs Down on Charging Sellers Who Don’t Use Its Fulfillment Services

September 25, 2023

There’s probably no limit to Amazon’s greed – because capitalism – but there are constraints as governments regulate BigTech more aggressively and, just maybe, the free market works its wonders. Amazon cited “seller sentiment related to the fee” in its statement pulling back from its planned 2% fee on sellers who don’t use its Prime fulfillment services.  But looming antitrust cases likely had something to do with it.

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