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Court rules startup may collect data from LinkedIn profiles

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A federal appeals court has affirmed the right of a startup company to collect information from people's public profiles on networking service LinkedIn. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco upheld a previous ruling Monday siding with hiQ Labs, a San Francisco company that analyzes workforce data scraped from profiles. LinkedIn invoked a federal anti-hacking law in telling hiQ to stop. It also installed technical blocks to prevent hiQ from accessing otherwise publicly available information on LinkedIn users. A 2017 ruling ordered LinkedIn to stop blocking the startup. LinkedIn appealed. LinkedIn, which is owned by Microsoft Corp., said it is disappointed in the decision and evaluating options for an appeal. HiQ did not immediately respond for a message for comme...
YouTube fined $170m after collecting personal data of children under 13

YouTube fined $170m after collecting personal data of children under 13

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YouTube is to pay $ 170m (£139.4m) over allegations it collected the personal data of children without parental consent. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) fined the Google-owned platform $ 136m (£111m) after it violated a law requiring companies to gain the permission of parents before collecting personal details from their children. This is the largest fine the FTC has ever levelled against Google, which will pay an additional $ 34m (£27.9m) following similar accusations by the New York state attorney general. Image: More and more young people are watching TV on YouTube The company was said to have tracked viewers of channels targeted at children using cookies.Cookies are downloaded to a computer when a website is visited for the
Data regulator probes King’s Cross facial recognition tech

Data regulator probes King’s Cross facial recognition tech

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The facial-recognition system at King's Cross is to be investigated by the UK's data-protection watchdog.Media exposure of live facial recognition at the site prompted the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to look into how it was being used.The ICO will inspect the technology in place and how it is operated to ensure it does not break data protection laws.The regulator said it was "deeply concerned" about the growing use of facial-recognition technology.Fair and transparentThe Financial Times was the first to report a live face-scanning system was being used across the 67-acre (0.3-sq-km) site around King's Cross station in London.Developer Argent said it used the technology to "ensure public safety" and it was just one of "a number of detection and...
Black Hat: GDPR privacy law exploited to reveal personal data

Black Hat: GDPR privacy law exploited to reveal personal data

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About one in four companies revealed personal information to a woman's partner, who had made a bogus demand for the data by citing an EU privacy law.The security expert contacted dozens of UK and US-based firms to test how they would handle a "right of access" request made in someone else's name.In each case, he asked for all the data that they held on his fiancee.In one case, the response included the results of a criminal activity check.Other replies included credit card information, travel details, account logins and passwords, and the target's full US social security number.University of Oxford-based researcher James Pavur has presented his findings at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.It is the first known test of its ki...