Weekly Privacy News Update – Episode 28


The start of Google Play’s Data safety section

Google Play’s data safety section is here. The program is similar to Apple’s App Store requirements, which went into effect in late 2020. Google Play’s data safety section will inform app users on data collection and security practices. It will also include information on the types of data collected by the app, third-party sharing, and use practices. App developers will need to finish their disclosures before the July 20th deadline.

Source: IAPP, TechCrunch

Zoom faces an $85 million settlement from a class-action lawsuit

Users accused the cloud-based communications app of violating their privacy rights after Zoom shared their personal data with social media companies and allowed “zoombombing” of hackers that disturbed meetings. Zoom denied any violations and agreed to increase its security measures as a part of the settlement. The $85 million settlement was approved by a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Source: IAPP, Insurance Journal

Worries on privacy raised after Elon Musk buys Twitter

Elon Musk’s comments on real-name policy, open-sourcing Twitter’s algorithm, and his wish to authenticate “all humans” have raised privacy concerns. Jeffrey Kosseff, an associate professor of cybersecurity at the U.S. Naval Academy, expressed his concerns saying, “I don’t know what Musk means by this, but what would concern me most would be if everyone had to authenticate their identity with Twitter.” A blueprint of what Elon Musk must work on to guarantee the privacy and security of Twitter users was also published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on their blog.

Source: IAPP, Wired

Removal of personal contact information added to Google Search requests

The search engine has included personally identifiable contact information in its search removal request. Removing data such as phone numbers, email addresses, and physical addresses from search results is now possible through request. The update will “give people the tools they need to protect their safety and privacy online,” according to the blog post rom Michelle Chang, Google Search Global Policy Lead.

Source: IAPP, ZD Net

Masha Komnenic CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT, FIP
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Written by Masha Komnenic CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT, FIP

Masha is an Information Security and Data Privacy Specialist and a Certified Data Protection Officer. She has been a Data Protection Officer for the past six years, helping small and medium-sized enterprises achieve legal compliance. She has also been a privacy compliance mentor to many international business accelerators. She specializes in implementing, monitoring, and auditing business compliance with privacy regulations (HIPAA, PIPEDA, ePrivacy Directive, GDPR, CCPA, POPIA, LGPD). Masha studied Law at Belgrade University, and she passed the Bar examination in 2016. More about the author

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