Courthouse News Service: Judge Won’t Sign Off on $550M Facebook Facial Data Settlement. “A federal judge on Thursday refused to sign off on a $550 million data privacy settlement with Facebook, saying lawyers must first explain why the deal provides only a small fraction of damages to which class members may be entitled.”
BNN Bloomberg: Google’s ‘wi-spy’ settlement draws objection from 9 states. “Attorneys general from nine states urged a federal judge to toss out Google’s US$13 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit blaming its Street View mapping technology for a massive violation of consumer privacy.”
Komando: Here’s how to claim your $100 settlement if Yahoo leaked your data. “Yahoo! You may be eligible for $100 in compensation as part of a class-action lawsuit against the company. The lawsuit is over a number of serious data breaches at Yahoo that took place over several years affecting users. Yahoo is close to settling the multimillion-dollar lawsuit. In an email announcing the expected settlement, Yahoo said those affected by the breaches also have the option to get free credit monitoring.” The article notes that the settlement money might go the way of Equifax.
Ars Technica: Google promised not to scan Gmail for targeted ads—but for how long?. “On July 23, Google promised with great fanfare that it would stop scanning consumers’ Gmail messages to serve targeted, contextually aware ads. The announcement—which put Gmail in line with competing services and Google’s paid e-mail for government, business, and education sectors—was published widely, from tech blogs to the mainstream media. ‘Free consumer Gmail users,’ Google said, ‘can remain confident that Google will keep privacy and security paramount as we continue to innovate.’ However, court documents suggest that this could be temporary.”