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Spokeo Settles FTC Privacy Case for $800,000

- Spokeo, an online data broker, has agreed to pay $800,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it marketed and sold data to human resources, background screening, and recruiting industry professionals without protecting consumers as required under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

Data security

- A bill (S. 1408) that would impose data security requirements on all government agencies and companies that collect or store personally identifiable information has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate has announced that it will consider the bill.

Hospital Fined $750,000 After Two Boxes of Data Go Missing During Recycling Transport

- South Shore Hospital has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle allegations that it failed to protect personal confidential health information in 2010.

FTC Names Internet Privacy Expert as Policy Advisor

- The Federal Trade Commission has hired privacy expert Paul Ohm as a senior policy advisor for consumer protection and competition issues affecting the Internet and mobile markets.

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Amnesty International Surveillance Case

- The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging the amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which allow the federal government to conduct surveillance without a warrant.

A Clear View of Liability

- Surveillance systems must overcome a hierarchy of nine deficiencies to improve their odds of defeating liability claims during lawsuits.

Myspace Settles with FTC Over Shady 'Pre-Acquisition Advertising Practices'

- A social networking site has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that it misled users about how their personal information was being used.

Morning Security Brief: EU to Vote on Information Sharing, Gang Trademarks Logo, OSX Security, and More

- EU Parliament votes today on a controversial information sharing deal with the U.S. Motorcycle Club uses trademark to weed out undercover officers. Macs users should use antivirus software now, commenter says. And more.

Aussies Consider Date of Birth on Guard IDs ‘Excessive Personal Information’

- An Australian government agency ordered an overhaul on identification cards for security personnel in December after complaints that information on current IDs violated privacy statutes, according to recently released documents.

Controversial ‘Girl-Finding’ App Raises Privacy Concerns

- The controversial app, Girls Around Me, has been pulled from the Apple Store amid protests by privacy advocates and the geomapping social networking site Foursquare. Critics, however, say the problem isn’t Girls Around Me, but the amount of information social media sites share about its users by default.

Privacy

- A state supreme court has ruled that an employee may pursue her invasion of privacy claim against her employer after she discovered a video camera in the company bathroom. The employer, who had placed the camera there in an attempt to document wrongdoing, argued that there was no invasion of privacy because the camera was not working.

CHART: How Companies Respond to Data Breaches

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Book Review: Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff between Privacy and Security

- Daniel Solove, a professor at George Washington University’s Law School addresses the issue with great detail and insight.
 




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