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United States Privacy Digest | US appeals court upholds Google's $13 million settlement with privacy groups Related reading: Legal analysis of Iowa's new privacy law



  • The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Google's $13 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit, Reuters reports. The lawsuit alleged that, in 2010, Google's Street View vehicles accidentally collected sensitive user data from the Wi-Fi networks of approximately 60 million people. In 2018, the technology company agreed to pay $13 million to internet privacy groups, but not the class-action members.
  • An Illinois federal judge declined to dismiss a proposed lawsuit accusing Amazon of collecting employees’ facial and other data as part of COVID-19 health checks in violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, Reuters reports.
  • Financial services company Morgan Stanley agreed to pay $60 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over a July 2020 data breach that compromised the data of 15 million current and former clients, Bloomberg reports.
  • J.P. Morgan Securities, a subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase & Co., agreed to pay $125 million in a settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over alleged recordkeeping failures. According to the SEC’s order, employees communicated about business matters on personal devices, including text messages and personal emails, from January 2018 to November 2020 and these records were not preserved as required under law.

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