CCPA in Litigation: 2018 to Present

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) went into effect three months ago, on January 1, 2020. Although enforcement by the California attorney general cannot begin until July 1, private plaintiffs have been able to bring claims under the law’s limited private right of action since the beginning of the year.The CCPA is already having an […]

#Privacy: FTC approves final settlement with stalking apps developer

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has alleged that the developer of three “stalking” apps violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.  The FTC has given its final approval to a settlement with the developer of the apps, MobileSpy, PhoneSheriff and TeenShield – Retina-X Studios, over allegations that the company and its owner failed to secure […]

#Privacy: Over 40m Iranian Telegram user IDs exposed online

Security researchers have discovered 42 million records from a third-party version of messaging app Telegram online.  The Comparitech team and Bob Diachenko discovered the exposed data on March 21, after it was posted on an Elasticsearch cluster with no password authentication.  After contacting the hosting provider on March 24, the cluster was deleted a day […]

#Privacy: Banking Trojan resurfaces amidst global pandemic

Following a three year hiatus, the Zeus Sphinx banking Trojan is back, appearing in a coronavirus-themed phishing campaign. First seen in August 2015, Sphinx is based on the leaked source of the Zeus banking trojan. IBM X-Force researchers Amir Gandler and Limor Kessen explained that Sphinx’s main capability is to harvest online banking credentials.  Following […]

#Privacy: Domain registration companies take steps to combat fraudulent COVID-19 websites

US domain registration companies are taking action against coronavirus related fraud.  One of America’s largest US domain registry companies, GoDaddy has revealed that it has taken down numerous fraudulent websites as part of its “human review process.” A GoDaddy spokesperson said: “We do not tolerate abuse on our platform and our Universal Terms of Service […]

#Privacy: FTC warns VoIP service providers against “assisting and facilitating” coronavirus-related telemarketing calls

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has warned nine Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers that “assisting and facilitating” illegal telemarketing calls related to COVID-19 is against the law.  Many of these illegal telemarketing or robocalls related to the global pandemic, prey upon consumers’ fear of the virus to sow disinformation or perpetrate scams.  “It’s never […]