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ICO publishes report on adtech, RTB
The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office published an updated report on its research into advertising technology and real-time bidding. The agency focused on the processing of special data categories, data protection impact assessments and transparency. The ICO found the adtech industry to be “imm...
Fla. city pays $592K to hackers in ransomware attack
The City Council in Riviera Beach, Florida, has ordered its insurance carrier to pay nearly $592,000 to hackers in order to end a recent ransomware attack, The New York Times reports. The cyberattack occurred May 29 when an opened email attachment forced the city's system to shut down. In addition t...
Kashmir Hill to join NYT staff
The New York Times announced that technology reporter Kashmir Hill is joining its staff on the business beat. "Kashmir has long captured the unexpected and sometimes ominous ways technology is changing our lives," The Times leadership said in its announcement. "She describes her beat as 'the looming...
Op-ed: LGBTQ dating apps lack privacy considerations
In an op-ed for The New York Times' Privacy Project, New York Law School Professor Ari Ezra Waldman writes that LGBTQ dating apps lack safety as it relates to personal privacy and personal security. Waldman said the use of such apps by the LGBTQ community "amplifies the privacy concerns we face comp...
Privacy risks in social media groups
Bloomberg Law reports on how millions of people use social media platforms to seek health advice and support. The sticking point is that social media platforms avoid federal health privacy laws as long as they don’t offer medical services, which puts the onus on online group moderators to follow pla...