February 2022 DDP Data News Roundup

February 2022 DDP Data News Roundup
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If you care about what's happening in the world of data privacy and data rights, you're in the right place.

Here's your monthly news roundup to keep you in-the-know with the latest data privacy news. We'll compile a list of top stories for you every month and send you news bytes that are easy to find in one place.

Here's what has happened so far in February 2022...

Claims due by March 1 for Your Share of the TikTok Data Privacy Settlement

Claims due by March 1 for Your Share of the TikTok Data Privacy Settlement
DDP reported in October 2021 on the $92 million TikTok data privacy settlement. Now, the deadline for submitting a claim is coming up in 2 weeks, or by March 1, 2022. What was this lawsuit about?Plaintiffs sued TikTok claiming that they harvested and profited from consumers’ private information, inc…

The Facebook Biometric Privacy Settlement paid each Illinois Claimant $428; Facebook (Meta) Just Settled Another Data Privacy Case for $90 Million

The Facebook Biometric Privacy Settlement paid each Illinois Claimant $428; Facebook (Meta) Just Settled Another Data Privacy Case for $90 Million
In October and November 2020, DDP told its members about the Facebook Biometric Privacy settlement in Illinois. In May 2021, DDP reported that each successful Illinois claimant would receive at least $345. Recently, the Illinois Federal Court reported the following statistics about the Facebook Bio…

Clearview AI aims to put almost every human in facial recognition database

Despite losing lawsuits and creeping us all out, Clearview keeps going.
Clearview AI aims to put almost every human in facial recognition database
Investor pitch said 100 billion photos would make almost everyone “identifiable.”

Google Plans Privacy Changes, but Promises to Not Be Disruptive

It says it will give other companies plenty of time to adapt to changes to its Android software. Similar changes made by Apple definitely affected big Internet companies.

"The difference in approaches between Apple and Google also speaks to how each company makes the bulk of its money."


Apple’s changes seek to make it harder for criminals to track you using AirTags

Did you know someone could be using an Airtag to track you without you knowing? But not for much longer.
Apple’s changes seek to make it harder for criminals to track you using AirTags
Apple will update the iPhone and AirTag software to show a message during setup that using AirTags to track people is a crime in many regions around the world.

Chinese CCTV is coming to to a town near you

AI-powered cameras from the East are popping up across the country

"Only four men out of thousands subjected to face-scanning were arrested and even then, one of them was flagged for traffic offenses. In addition, a young black man was also wrongly identified by the facial recognition system."
Chinese CCTV is coming to to a town near you
Chinese surveillance giants, including Hikvision and Dahua, with their pile ’em high, sell ’em cheap business models, are now the dominant CCTV manufacturers in the West and their AI-powered cameras are fuelling a new age of algorithmic surveillance. There are hundreds of thousands of web-connected…

If EARN IT Passes, What Happens On Your iPhone Won't Stay On Your iPhone

"...Congress wants to force Apple’s hand—along with essentially every company that allows users to store or share messages or content—and essentially mandate such scanning."
If EARN IT Passes, What Happens On Your iPhone Won’t Stay On Your iPhone
Last year, Apple announced a controversial plan to install photo scanning software in every device. Apple has long been seen as a pro-privacy company—billboards emblazoned with the slogan “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone” were common sights in 2019. A global coalition pushed back..…

An App That Actually Pays You for Your Data

Instead of handing over your data unknowingly for free, this new app believes you should be paid real cash for sharing your shopping data.
An App That Actually Pays You for Your Data
CoinOut, founded by Jeffrey Witten ’10CC, ’15BUS, ’15LAW, lets users earn money by sharing their recent shopping history.

TikTok shares your data more than any other social media app — and it’s unclear where your data goes, study says

TikTok shares your data more than any other social media app — and it’s unclear where it goes, study says
YouTube and TikTok track users’ personal data more than other social media apps, a recent study says. YouTube mostly keeps the data for itself, while TikTok allows more third parties to collect it.

Indiana Senate Passes Consumer Privacy Bill Lacking Right to Sue

Indiana becomes the fourth state in the USA to introduce it's own #DataPrivacy Bill
Indiana Senate Passes Consumer Privacy Bill Lacking Right to Sue
Indiana is inching closer to being the fourth U.S. state to pass comprehensive consumer privacy legislation after its state Senate greenlit a bill comparable to a law that passed in Virginia last year.

Supermarket cameras to guess age of alcohol buyers

Is this convenient or creepy? It depends where the technology goes...
Supermarket cameras to guess age of alcohol buyers
Major chains begin testing automated age-verification, to avoid the wait for staff at self-checkouts.

Apple Doesn't Want Anything to Do With Facebook's Metaverse. Why That's Very Bad News for Mark Zuckerberg

Gurman says Facebook's vision is "off-limits" at Apple. In fact, Apple's vision is for the opposite--augmented reality glasses that don't "take anyone out of their real environment."
Apple Doesn’t Want Anything to Do with Facebook’s Metaverse. Why That’s Very Bad News for Mark Zuckerberg
Apple reportedly will introduce a pair of VR glasses this year, but don’t expect them to be something you’ll want to wear all day.

Google introduces a new system for tracking Chrome browser users.

"Google’s plan to eliminate cookies...is a potentially huge shift for the digital advertising industry, though it is not clear if the new method...will be any less alarming to advertisers and regulators"

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