By Levi Sumagaysay | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: January 17, 2019 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: January 17, 2019 at 6:03 am State and federal lawmakers have pushed for privacy laws after myriad online breaches and scandals. Now, saying the United States faces a “crisis,” advocacy groups are going a step further and calling for a new data protection agency. “The U.S. needs a federal agency focused on privacy protection, compliance with data protection obligations, and emerging privacy challenges,” an alliance of more than a dozen groups — including Bay Area-based Color of Change, Center for Media Justice and Berkeley Media Studies group — said Thursday. They said the agency, unlike the Federal Trade Commission, should have rule-making authority. “Digital giants invade our private lives, spy on our families, and gather our most intimate facts for profit,” the groups said in the proposal. “Each … [Read more...] about Is it time for a federal data protection agency?
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By Hamza Shaban And Brian Fung | Washington Post PUBLISHED: January 11, 2019 at 6:39 am | UPDATED: January 11, 2019 at 6:39 am AT&T said Thursday that it will stop selling its customers’ location data to third-party service providers after a report this week said the information was winding up in the wrong hands. The announcement follows sharp demands by federal lawmakers for an investigation into the alleged misuse of data, which came to light when Motherboard revealed a complex chain of unauthorized information sharing that ended with a bounty hunter successfully tracking down a reporter’s device. AT&T had already suspended its data-sharing agreements with a number of so-called “location aggregators” last year in light of a congressional probe finding that some of Verizon’s location data was being misused by prison officials to spy on innocent Americans. AT&T also said at the time that it would be maintaining those of its agreements that … [Read more...] about AT&T says it’ll stop selling location data amid calls for a federal investigation
The government shutdown is creating delays for house buyers, particularly in parts of Minnesota beyond the Twin Cities. It is also slowing financing for small business owners and may delay an acquisition by the state’s biggest company. After the first full business week since the shutdown began, executives and entrepreneurs are starting to see more effects from it. The flow of money, particularly government agency support funds, is slowing in some industries, including real estate. “We are not able to generate new government-guaranteed loans, or even get the applications in, using the Small Business Administration or the Farm Service Agency loan programs,” said Jay McDougall, marketing manager at Frandsen Financial, an Arden Hills bank. “Any new business that will use these programs will have to wait until the shutdown is over.” Lenders who are underwriting U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) mortgages, chiefly used in rural areas and small towns, are … [Read more...] about Federal government shutdown means delays for Minnesota house buyers, small-business owners
CleanSlate UV sees great promise in its product that uses ultraviolet light to disinfect mobile devices in settings like healthcare, food and biotech facilities. But the Buffalo company argues a competitor, PhoneSoap, has made deceptive claims in marketing materials about its own product. As a result, CleanSlate on Wednesday filed a Federal Trade Commission complaint against Utah-based PhoneSoap. The complaint claims PhoneSoap has made "improperly substantiated claims" about its new Med+ Ultraviolet disinfection product to potential buyers, including hospital systems. CleanSlate is essentially concerned that if PhoneSoap's product doesn't perform as promoted, customers will be less likely to embrace ultraviolet light technology as a way to disinfect mobile devices. CleanSlate's CEO, Taylor Mann, said he is also concerned that PhoneSoap is competing for customers using what Mann considers inaccurate information. … [Read more...] about CleanSlate UV files Federal Trade Commission complaint over rival’s claims
After all the privacy scandals (starring Facebook, Google, and others) in 2016 and 2017—and after more than a decade in which a sprawling and massively profitable “personal data economy” remained largely hidden from the public—many lawmakers in U.S. Congress are finally ready to impose rules on how tech companies can gather and use our personal data. There may be as many as six major bills circulating in the Senate by mid-2019. And with the new Democratically controlled House, such a bill may have a good chance of passage. Some key players in the Senate are already sounding optimistic as the new congressional session begins. “I’m not sure that we’re really in very much disagreement with Republicans at this point,” Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) told Politico. “There’s a bit of a dance going on, but I’m not sensing that Republicans are racing to the defense of the tech companies.” The privacy bills One of the … [Read more...] about Inside the upcoming fight over a new federal privacy law