BIGtoken Weekly Data Privacy Roundup

Several companies are facing hefty fines after violating data privacy compliance laws. These companies need to work harder to prioritize users’ interests and improve their privacy practices. 

Norway fines dating app Grindr $7.16M over privacy breach,” ABC News- December 15th, 2021

Grindr, a California-based dating app, was fined $7.16 million by Norway for violating user consent laws. The app was “sending sensitive personal data to hundreds of potential advertising partners without users’ consent — a breach of strict European Union privacy rules.” Information disclosed to third parties included GPS locations, IP addresses, ages, gender, and what users did on the app.  

“What Zoom’s $85m class action lawsuit means for data privacy,” The Drum- December, 14th 2021

Zoom is under fire again for sharing users’ data without user consent. The company also lied about their software, making claims that it was end-to-end encrypted. Zoom will pay $85 million in user claims and is working towards improving their privacy practices. 

Facial recognition: Clearview AI breaks EU data privacy rules, says French watchdog,” Euronews- December 16th, 2021

French agency CNIL accused Clearview AI of violating GDPR. The French rebulator is demanding Clearview AI delete its facial recognition data. Clearview could be facing hefty fines if it does not remove the data from its systems.

New York is enforcing a new law that will hold employers accountable and not allow employers to monitor employees’ communication without their consent. 

New York Latest State to Provide Additional Employee Privacy Protections With Electronic Monitoring Law,” The National Law Review- December 20th, 2021

On November 8, 2021, all employers in New York need to provide written notice to newly hired employees if they plan to monitor an employee. The law has been updated to provide additional employee data privacy protections. On May 7, 2022, New York State employers who use “electronic monitoring of employee communications will be required to notify their workers of such monitoring.”