TikTok will pay Irish data privacy regulators 345 million euros to settle allegations that it violated the privacy of underage users. A TikTok spokesperson said the company disagreed with the Irish Data Protection Commission, saying the violations are based on features that no longer exist.
Netcraft purchased an online brand protection vendor to incorporate security analysts into the company's highly automated cybercrime takedown process. The deal will expedite the takedown of fraudulent websites by capitalizing on their joint knowledge of the global infrastructure provider landscape.
A federal judge has given the green light for attorneys to proceed with a consolidated class action lawsuit against Meta that accuses the social media giant of intercepting sensitive health information with its Pixel tracking tools used in numerous healthcare websites and patient portals.
The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Health and Human Services have publicly named 130 hospitals and telehealth companies that were recently warned that the use of online tracking tools in their websites or mobile apps potentially violates federal data privacy and security regulations.
Medical device maker Medtronic MiniMed violated patient privacy by using tracking and authentication technologies such as Google Analytics and Firebase in its InPen diabetes management app and services, according to a proposed federal class action lawsuit filed this week.
Facebook parent Meta unearthed a Chinese propaganda campaign active across dozens of social media sites in what the company calls the largest known cross-platform influence operation in the world. "Spamouflage" operates across more than 50 platforms and forums.
The federal agency that enforces HIPAA is heavily focused on investigations of potential violations involving online tracking tools in healthcare websites that impermissibly transmit sensitive patient information to third parties, said Susan Rhodes of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Advocate Aurora Health has agreed to pay $12.25 million to settle consolidated class action claims that the Illinois-based hospital chain invaded patient privacy by using tracking codes on its websites and patient portal, according to a preliminary settlement plan in Wisconsin federal court.
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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Health and Human Services are jointly warning dozens of hospitals and telehealth providers of potential patient data privacy and cybersecurity violations involving the use of online tracking technologies.
The Ukrainian Cyber Police dismantled yet another large-scale bot farm spreading Russian propaganda over social media. Cyber police seized nearly 150,000 SIM cards of different mobile operators used in the campaign to create fake social media profiles.
Countries in the Asia-Pacific region so far have not followed the West's lead in banning TikTok from government agency devices, except for special circumstances. But individual nations are pursuing a variety of strategies based on their specific perceptions of the threats they face.
TikTok executives were unable to answer Liberal senator and chair of the committee James Paterson when he questioned them on how many times Australian user data had been accessed by TikTok staff in China, but the executives admitted it had happened.
The French government is pursuing a new law that will grant the country's law enforcement agencies sweeping power to snoop on suspected cybercriminals and other online miscreants by remotely accessing their phones and computers. The measure is now headed to the French National Assembly.
A U.S. judge sentenced a 24-year-old British man to five years in prison for his part in hacking high-profile Twitter accounts as part of a bitcoin scam in 2020. Prosecutors say Joseph James O'Connor stole $794,000 by hijacking 130 accounts, including those of Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Elon Musk.