FTC Removes Zuckerberg from Suit Against Meta: The Commission dropped the executive as a defendant in its suit to block the company from acquiring virtual-reality business Within Unlimited. In exchange, Zuckerberg has agreed to not purchase Within in his personal capacity.
Snap, Meta Settle Privacy Suits: Snap will pay $35 million to settle a class action alleging that it violated Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act by collecting data from users who posted content using filters and “lenses” without their consent. Meta will pay a similar amount to settle allegations that Facebook violated California law by collecting information about users’ location via IP address even though they opted out of location tracking.
|Information Security and Cyberthreats|
Whistleblower Claims Twitter’s Vulnerabilities Pose a National Security Threat: The company’s former security head filed complaints with the SEC, DOJ, and FTC alleging that Twitter’s servers use “out-of-date and vulnerable software,” and that employees have “wide-ranging and poorly tracked internal access to core company software.”
Comedian George Lopez Sues Pandora Over Unlawful Streaming: Lopez alleges that Pandora’s streaming of two of his albums violates his copyrights in both the recordings and in the underlying literary works. The case has implications for the scope of publishing rights in spoken-word content.
|Freedom of Expression and Censorship|
Photos Sent to Doctor Marked as Child Sexual Abuse Material: Google disabled the account of a man who sent photos of his toddler’s genitalia to his wife and the child’s doctor after its automated tool for detecting abusive images of children falsely flagged the photos.
Pre-Test Room Scan Ruled Unconstitutional: An Ohio federal judge ruled that Cleveland State University violated the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition on unreasonable searches by conducting virtual scans of the rooms in which students take remote tests.
|On the Lighter Side|
Janet Jackson Hit from 1989 Deemed Security Threat: Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” has been labeled as a security threat after it was determined that the song contains frequencies that can cause the hard drives on certain laptops to malfunction.
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