Man wins 'right to be forgotten' case against Google
A federal judge in Canada has ruled the results of Google searches are covered under Canada's privacy law, a victory for "right to be forgotten" champions. In the case, a man alleged Google was breaching the law by prominently displaying search results about him that were inaccurate and disclosed his sexual orientation and a severe medical condition, The Canadian Press reports.
SolarWinds hit with ‘zero-day’ hack, spotted by Microsoft
The company hit with a supply-chain attack in December 2020, impacting nine U.S. government agencies and 100-plus private companies, says it’s identified a new zero-day vulnerability in its product line. Microsoft detected the active security threat and reported it to SolarWinds, Ars Technica reports.
The FBI took over a messaging platform in a sting
The FBI and 9,000 law-enforcement agencies worldwide duped hundreds of suspected criminals by taking over the messaging platform they were using to smuggle drugs and launder money, The Wall Street Journal reports. Police arrested more than 800 people and seized 8 tons of cocaine, 22 tons of cannabis and 250 firearms, among other assets.
WhatsApp complaint: Company 'pressuring' users to accept new terms
Chinese regulators have initiated a privacy crack-down
China has recently taken a “zero-tolerance approach” toward tech giant monopolies in the country and is now pivoting its focus to data privacy, CNN reports. The government announced new privacy rules for any company seeking IPOs in the U.S. with more than one million customers’ data. Last week, it ordered ride-hailing service Didi, now more popular than Uber in China, to delete its app from mobile stores over data privacy concerns.
NYC bans businesses from profiting off biometric data collection
New York City’s new biometrics ordinance has taken effect, TechCrunch reports. Businesses must now prominently disclose the biometric information (such as fingerprint scans and face prints) they collect on their customers at shops, theaters and restaurants. In addition, the rules state they may not from sell nor share the biometric data they collect.