News Alerts and Breach Report for Week of December 19, 2022
Argentina Changes Data Framework
The Argentinian Congress approved changes to its Automated Processing of Personal Data Convention. The Convention, according to Dentons, “was the first binding international instrument which protects the individual against abuses which may accompany the collection and processing of personal data, and which seeks to regulate at the same time the international flow of personal data.” The amendments include the creation of a database of foreign entities, new fine structures, and restrictions on how personal data can be moved across borders. Read more here.
Epic Games Pays $520 Million Over Fortnite Privacy Issues
The creator of popular video game Fortnite has settled two privacy suits with the Federal Trade Commission. Epic Games will pay $520 million in total to settle both suits, a record-breaking amount. The New York Times reports, “Epic agreed to pay $275 million to settle regulators’ accusations that it violated a federal law, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, by collecting personal information from children under 13 who played Fortnite without obtaining verifiable consent from a parent. In addition, the company made parents “jump through hoops” to have their children’s data deleted and sometimes failed to honor parents’ deletion requests, the agency said in a legal complaint filed on Monday.” It will also pay $245 million to refund customers who succumbed to Epic’s use of dark patterns–manipulative tactics designed to get users to make unintended purchases.
Meta, Google, and TikTok Sue California to Block Privacy Law
The Age-Appropriate Design Code Act is under attack from tech giants. Meta, Google, TikTok, are part of a coalition, NetChoice, that’s taking California to court. The legal challenge, filed last week, claims “(AB 2273) violates the First Amendment and existing federal law by controlling online speech and requiring ‘online service providers to act as roving Internet censors at the State’s behest.”’ That’s according to The Register, which adds that the challenge notes AB 2273 also “clashes with the existing federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and violates the Fourth Amendment by forcing sites to reveal private, internal communications, according to the lawsuit.”
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