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ISPs may soon be allowed to collect user data without permission

The United States House and Senate have voted to reverse rules that require internet service providers (ISPs) to receive consumers’ permission before using certain sensitive data they obtain. The resolution, S.J. 34, reverses broadband privacy rules created by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year that protect user data like browsing history from being unknowingly obtained by ISPs. It passed Congress Tuesday and now awaits a signature from President Donald Trump. Proposed by Republican Senators led by Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), the bill caused heated debate on in the Senate floor. “How can this happen? What are the rules? Is there going to be any ... Read More

Uber agrees to $20K in fines due to poor consumer privacy practices; data breach

After running into some driver-related privacy issues in 2014, popular ride-hailing company Uber has come to an agreement with New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman to pay a penalty of $20,000 and revise its privacy practices. The fines serve as backlash for the alleged misuse of Uber’s “God-View,” which serves as an administrative tracking tool allowing employees to view every Uber car and passenger on the road aerially. The abuse came to light after one BuzzFeed reporter was tracked by an Uber executive using the God-View tool in 2014. An investigation into God-View and Uber’s privacy practices was launched ... Read More