FTC Imposes $5 Billion Penalty and Sweeping New Privacy Restrictions on Facebook | Federal Trade Commission

Facebook will be required to designate compliance officers who will be responsible for Facebook’s privacy program. These compliance officers will be subject to the approval of the new board privacy committee and can be removed only by that committee—not by Facebook’s CEO or Facebook employees. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and designated compliance officers must independently submit to the FTC quarterly certifications that the company is in compliance with the privacy program mandated by the order, as well as an annual certification that the company is in overall compliance with the order. Any false certification will subject them to individual civil and criminal penalties.


AT&T sold customers’ location data, lawsuit alleges | Fox Business

“AT&T has real-time location data on its wireless customers that can be used to help 911 operators find callers in an emergency. The lawsuit alleges AT&T worked for years with location data aggregators like LocationSmart and Zumigo, which sell location data to others. That led to the data being used by bounty hunters, car dealers, landlords, stalkers and others in non-emergency situations without authorization from the people whose data were being tracked, the EFF said.

“AT&T and data aggregators have systematically violated the location privacy rights of tens of millions of AT&T customers,” EFF attorney Aaron Mackey said. “Consumers must stand up to protect their privacy and shut down this illegal market.””


AT&T Is Now Blocking Robocalls by Default, a First for Cell Phone Providers

AT&T just announced an expansion of its Call Protect service that will automatically block robocalls suspected to be fraudulent free of charge. Users are also free to manually block individual numbers of known spam callers. But if a consumer wants to automatically block all robocalls, even those from legitimate businesses, it will cost an additional $4 a month.


Aggression Detectors: The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students

“Is it hot in here or am I crazy?”) set off the detector, which analyzes sound but doesn’t take words or meaning into account. Although a Louroe spokesman said the detector doesn’t intrude on student privacy because it only captures sound patterns deemed aggressive, its microphones allow administrators to record, replay and store those snippets of conversation indefinitely.,’


The Supreme Court Is One Vote Away from Changing How the U.S. Is Governed

We are now explicitly on notice that the Court will likely abandon its longstanding tolerance of Congress delegating broadly to agencies. What’s at stake is the potential upending of the constitutional foundations of the so-called “administrative state.” Today’s reality is that agencies, not Congress, make most federal laws. As Justice Kagan put it, if the delegation in Gundy were unconstitutional, “then most of Government is unconstitutional.”