New York investigates Apple’s Group FaceTime privacy bug

You knew it was just a matter of time before Apple’s Group FaceTime ‘eavesdropping’ bug drew the attention of politicians. New York Attorney General Letitia James has launched an investigation into the FaceTime flaw in hopes of understanding both its “failure to warn consumers” and reports of a “slow response” to the problem. Stated residents […]

Illinois biometric privacy law passes a key court test

Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act just withstood a major challenge. The state’s Supreme Court has returned a BIPA dispute back to circuit courts after rejecting claims that would have significantly limited the law’s reach. Six Flags had fingerprinted a 14-year-old guest without his parents’ approval, violating BIPA’s requirement for obtaining consent, but had contended that […]

Camera traps designed for animals are now invading human privacy

Enlarge / A camera trap working properly. (credit: Flickr user: NationalZoo) Over the past two decades automated wildlife cameras—known as camera traps—have proven invaluable in ecological research and conservation management. Their sensitive motion detectors have enabled scientific surveys of rare or shy animals in dense forest and as a consequence have seen broader use around […]

Proposed data privacy law could send company execs to prison for 20 years

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Ed Bock) A US senator has proposed a privacy law that could issue steep fines to companies and send their top executives to prison for up to 20 years if they violate Americans’ privacy. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. announced a discussion draft of his Consumer Data Protection Act yesterday. The […]