ABC's of Privacy This Week- Jan 02, 2020

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California's Consumer Privacy Act Goes Into Effect on Jan 1

California's much-debated privacy law officially took effect on Jan 1st, 2020, a year and a half after it was passed and signed. A six-month grace period follows today's official activation of the CCPA. The new law requires that businesses disclose their data gathering and sharing practices and allows consumers to opt-out of it and to demand that companies delete collected information on them.

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Wyze Labs Expose Information of 2.4M Customers

Wyze, a company which manufactures budgethome-security cameras, said that the information of 2.4 million of theircustomers had been exposed to the public. The breach occurred after an employeecreated a flexible database to quickly pull user analytics, such as cameraconnectivity rates, user growth, and the number of devices connected. Wyzeimmediately began to audit its security protocols and found a second breach.

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Moss Adams Reports Data Breach

MossAdams, a Seattle-based Top 20 Firm, issued a notice of a data security incident that it detectedin October, exposing the names and Social Security numbers of some of itsclients. The firm said it detected unusual activity, and the informationcontained within the impacted email accounts included names and Social Securitynumbers. 

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Current News

Mozilla Plans to Comply With Californian Privacy Rules Worldwide

Mozilla has announced that it plans to abide by thenew California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) on a worldwide scale. Mozilla, in arecent announcement, said it already collects very little data about its usersand plans to give users the ability to delete their telemetry data fromMozilla's servers.

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Brazil Government Issues 1.65M Fine to Facebook

In a recent event, Brazil has fined Facebook $1.65million for mismanagement of user data that led to improper sharing of users'data with Cambridge Analytica. The data was harvested for political campaignsand voter profiling. The data provided by Facebook was used to develop acomputer program designed to predict the decision of voters and exertinfluence, said the Department of Consumer Protection (DPDC) in Brazil.

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Privacy Fears as Police Use Facial Recognition to Identify Protesters

Police in the Indian capital of New Delhi usedfacial recognition software to screen crowds at a recent political rallyraising concerns about privacy and mass surveillance amid nationwide protestsagainst a new citizenship law. Pictures of police holding video cameras at someprotests have sparked concerns that images of protesters are being added to thefacial recognition database.

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