Software company reaches settlement in children's privacy lawsuit

(Feb 11, 2020) Video game software development company Unity Technologies agreed to settle a 2017 class-action lawsuit alleging it violated children’s privacy by using their data for targeted advertising, MediaPost reports. The agreement has not yet been accepted by a judge, and settlement details have not been disclosed. Unity was among the companies sued by parents whose children played gaming apps allegedly containing tracking software. A judge last year rejected Unity’s request to dismiss the lawsuit.Full ... Read More

Irish DPC discusses accountability through codes of conduct, certification

(Feb 7, 2020) In a blog post on its website, the Irish Data Protection Commission discussed how to operationalize accountability by using codes of conduct and certifications under the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The DPC wrote using both accountability tools "will allow all stakeholders to play their part in the application, monitoring, supervision and enforcement of data protection standards." The post went on to address considerations for codes and certifications across industries, the regulatory ... Read More

Facebook's encryption plan criticized by child-welfare groups

(Feb 6, 2020) The New York Times reports 129 child-welfare advocacy groups joined on a letter opposing Facebook's encryption plans. The activists believe encryption may leave children vulnerable to predators, who would be able to maintain anonymity on the social network's apps. "Facebook has a responsibility to work with law enforcement and to prevent the use of your sites and services for sexual abuse," the coalition wrote. The letter follows reports of a soon-to-be introduced bipartisan U.S. Senate bill on ... Read More

The Privacy Advisor Podcast: What the ICO's new children's code could mean for your company

(Feb 4, 2020) In January, the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office released its proposed "Age Appropriate Design Code" aimed at protecting children's privacy online. The code, which will require parliamentary approval, outlines 15 standards online services should follow. It also provides guidance on data protection safeguards aimed at ensuring online services are appropriate for children's use. In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, Playwell's Linnette Attai talks to host Angelique Carson, CIPP/US,... Read More

Podcast: How the ICO's children's code may be a 'game changer'

(Feb 4, 2020) In January, the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office released its proposed "Age Appropriate Design Code" aimed at protecting children's privacy online. The code, which will require parliamentary approval, outlines 15 standards online services should follow. It also provides guidance on data protection safeguards aimed at ensuring online services are appropriate for children's use. In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, Playwell's Linnette Attai talks to host Angelique Carson, CIPP/US,... Read More

Report: Student privacy law could hinder 2020 census

(Feb 3, 2020) The Associated Press reports the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act may hamper the U.S. Census Bureau's efforts to obtain 2020 census information on college students living on campus. FERPA will not permit school officials to disclose certain student information, including sex or race. Two weeks after issuing a memo asking schools to abide by the law, the Department of Education has revised its position and said schools can release the data so long as it is stripped of personally identifi... Read More

Sen. Graham drafts bipartisan bill on encryption, child exploitation

(Jan 31, 2020) Bloomberg reports U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is prepared to introduce a bill that would ban technology companies from employing encryption and revoke liability exemptions related to incidents involving children. Social media companies, cloud service providers and various online messaging platforms would be covered under the bipartisan bill. The proposal also asks Congress and the Trump administration to create a National Commission on Online Child Exploitation Prevention to lead analysis ... Read More

Rep. Castor proposes COPPA amendment bill

(Jan 30, 2020) U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., has introduced a bill to amend the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. Castor's proposed legislation seeks to expand existing privacy coverage for children and parental controls over data, while also including a right of action for parents against those companies violating the law. Additionally, the bill calls for an increase in civil penalties and prohibits the practice of forced arbitration.Full Story... Read More

Lawsuit filed against Clearview for alleged privacy violations

(Jan 27, 2020) A lawsuit has been filed against Clearview AI in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois East Division, CNET reports. The lawsuit alleges Clearview's actions threaten civil liberties and that the company "used artificial intelligence algorithms to scan the facial geometry of each individual depicted in the images, a technique that violates multiple privacy laws." Meanwhile, Recode reports at least nine U.S. public school districts have acquired analytic surveillance cameras... Read More

Italian DPA wants TikTok task force

(Jan 27, 2020) Italy's data protection authority, the Garante, has requested the European Data Protection Board create a task force that will address TikTok's growing data protection issues and threats. Garante President Antonello Soro sent a letter to the EDPB regarding the need to police TikTok, which the Garante said requires "co-ordinated action against risks to users' data ... especially to protect children." In his letter, Soro asked for the Garante's recommendation to be put up for consideration at this... Read More