The Guardian: Facebook accused of conducting mass surveillance through its apps. “Facebook used its apps to gather information about users and their friends, including some who had not signed up to the social network, reading their text messages, tracking their locations and accessing photos on their phones, a court case in California alleges. The claims of what would amount to mass surveillance are part of a lawsuit brought against the company by the former startup Six4Three, listed in legal documents filed at the superior court in San Mateo as part of a court case that has been ongoing for more than two years.”
PR Newswire: ASPCA Files Federal Lawsuit Against USDA for Suppressing Critical Animal Welfare Records (PRESS RELEASE). “The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), with the assistance of Cooley LLP, today filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for refusing to release critical animal welfare records requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In February 2017, the USDA abruptly removed thousands of documents related to the inspection of facilities licensed under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), including zoos and commercial dog breeders. These inspection and enforcement records had been available to the public in a searchable online database for years, and their removal made it impossible for the public to know which facilities were operating in violation of federal animal protection laws.”
Bloomberg: Google Could Face $4.3 Billion Claim in U.K. IPhone Privacy Case. “IPhone users suing Google over data-collection claims may be seeking as much as 3.2 billion pounds ($4.29 billion), the search giant said in a court filing. The group representing iPhone users, known as Google You Owe Us, now includes 4.4 million people, according to documents filed with the court at a hearing Monday. The group says the Alphabet Inc. unit unlawfully collected people’s personal information by bypassing Apple Inc.’s iPhone default privacy settings.”
Los Angeles Times: Facebook must face high-stakes trial over privacy and facial recognition, judge rules. “A judge scolded Facebook Inc. for misconstruing his own rulings as he ordered the company to face a high-stakes trial accusing it of violating user privacy. The social media giant has misinterpreted prior court orders by continuing to assert the ‘faulty proposition’ that users can’t win their lawsuit under an Illinois biometric privacy law without proving an ‘actual injury,’ U.S. District Judge James Donato said in a ruling Monday. Likewise, the company’s argument that it’s immune from having to pay a minimum of $1,000, and as much as $5,000, for each violation of the law is ‘not a sound proposition,’ he said.”
CNET: Facebook sued over collection of mobile call and text data. “John Condelles III installed two Facebook apps on the Android phone he bought in 2016. Now he’s suing the social network for its alleged collection of information on calls and text messages on all Android phones with a Facebook app installed. Filed in federal court in California, the lawsuit seeks to hold Facebook liable for allegedly violating the privacy of all Android users who installed a Facebook app while the data collection occurred.”
IOL (South Africa): Mzwakhe Mbuli to sue Google for ‘profiling him HIV positive’ . “Mzwakhe Mbuli is taking legal action against Google. This follows revelations that Google has profiled him as HIV positive. In a television interview with SABC over the weekend, the People’s Poet expressed his anger and disappointment at Google and confirmed that he is pursuing legal action against the internet giant.” Mr. Mbuli is a poet and activist.
Bloomberg Quint: Google Privacy Settlement Gets Scrutiny From U.S. Supreme Court. “The U.S. Supreme Court will use a privacy case involving Google to consider making it harder for companies to settle class-action lawsuits without providing direct compensation to those affected. The justices agreed to hear arguments from two people who object to the Alphabet Inc. unit’s $8.5 million settlement of claims that it improperly disclosed users’ internet search terms to the owners of outside websites.”