ABC's of Privacy This Week - Jan 08, 2020

ABC's of Privacy This Week - Jan 08, 2020

Welcome to our weekly privacy newsletter to read the latest privacy-related news from across the globe. We classify our weekly privacy newsletter into three parts namely Applause, Breaches and Current News (ABC's) of Privacy news. For any feedback on our weekly newsletter, please feel free to send your comments to


Facebook Unveils Privacy Tool Update

Tech giants are using this year's CES conference in Las Vegas to promote protecting user privacy. Chief among them is Facebook, which had overhauled its Privacy Checkup tool. Users can access Privacy Checkup by clicking the question mark icon on Facebook's desktop site and selecting Privacy Checkup.

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Video Subscribers' Data Exposed Online

Video software provider Synamedia stated that video piracy of two unnamed video service providers has resulted in the compromise of three million viewers' credentials. The company said of those viewers, data from 6,000 accounts were available for purchase in 15 different marketplaces on the open and dark web.

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US Restaurant Landry's Affected by Malware

US multi-brand dining and hospitality business Landry's, which operates restaurants have been affected by a breach. The restaurant business said that the company's point-of-sale (POS) computers had been infected with malware. Landry's has assured that it has now removed the malware and has implemented enhanced security measures. 

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Health Information of 13k Patients Exposed in Data Breach

The personal information of 13k people at Sinai Health System may have been compromised during a recent data breach involving two employee email accounts, the hospital system recently reported to the federal government. The hospital system has mailed letters to patients who may have been affected, with steps they can take to protect their information.

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Current News

Startups Chase $55 Billion Boom Fueled by CCPA

A wave of startups, law firms, and consultants are looking to take advantage of the latest privacy CCPA law and trying to capture some of the $55 billion that companies are expected to spend on initial compliance with the law. Companies are pitching sophisticated machine learning tools designed to minimize the risk of exposing customers' private information and tools to handle the data subject requests received from the customers.

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Blueconic Raises $13M Series B to Further Expand Its Global Footprint

BlueConic, the world's leading pure-play customer data platform (CDP), announced it had closed a $13M Series B funding round led by new investor Spring Lake Equity Partners. In 2019, BlueConic enhanced its end-to-end consent management capabilities to support worldwide consumer privacy regulations and released AI Workbench, which amplifies predictive modeling capabilities in the platform for both marketing and data science users.

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Casinos Implement Facial Recognition Technology

Facial recognition technology has been spreading across casinos, airports, and stores to identify problem gamblers or any criminal behavior. It helps casino staff to identify problem gamblers and block their access to the gaming floors. However, many people are concerned with another aspect of facial recognition - the invasion of privacy.

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Data Privacy Platform Raises $5.4M to Offer Enhanced Data Protection

Osano, a company building the first platform for data privacy transparency, has announced it has closed a Series A funding round of $5.4M. Osano is experiencing unusually rapid growth, making it an immediate leader in a data-privacy category starved for solutions.

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