Data Privacy Digest: March 22, 2019

March 22, 2019

Californians for Consumer Privacy
Data Privacy Digest

This week, to no one's surprise, we found some more examples of unsettling invasions of consumer privacy. When the California Consumer Privacy Act goes into effect in 2020, you'll be able to find out exactly what corporations are collecting about you. Seeing as how it's fairly easy for us to find cases of nosy data collection every week, that won't come a minute too soon.

It’s time for this week’s Data Privacy Digest:


Tech experts have raised concerns about whether cameras facing airline seats could be hacked.

"Concerns about cameras fitted to airplane seats have prompted two US senators to demand that airlines clarify how the devices are used."

"'While Americans have an expectation that they are monitored in airports as a necessary security measure, the notion that in-flight cameras may monitor passengers while they sleep, eat, or have private conversations is troubling,' the senators' letter says.

"'Further, in light of data breaches that have impacted many major airlines, we have misgivings that cameras or sensors may not employ the necessary security measures to prevent them from being targeted by cybercriminals.'"

Remember: California prohibits recording a person without their knowledge.



Hundreds of motel guests were secretly filmed and live-streamed online.

"About 1,600 people have been secretly filmed in motel rooms in South Korea, with the footage live-streamed online for paying customers to watch, police said Wednesday.

"Two men have been arrested and another pair investigated in connection with the scandal, which involved 42 rooms in 30 accommodations in 10 cities around the country. Police said there was no indication the businesses were complicit in the scheme.

"In South Korea, small hotels of the type involved in this case are generally referred to as motels or inns.
Cameras were hidden inside digital TV boxes, wall sockets and hairdryer holders and the footage was streamed online, the Cyber Investigation Department at the National Police Agency said in a statement."


Which ‘Jen’ Sent the Baby Gift Cards? Not One You Know.

Pregnant women were identified by "sources in the marketing world" – presumably data brokers – then targeted by a company, receiving materials from an imaginary person named "Jen."

"It turns out 'Jen' isn’t a friend or relative but rather part of an elaborate, personalized marketing program aimed at mothers-to-be. The women targeted were on a list of expectant mothers acquired by Utah-based Mothers Lounge LLC from sources in the marketing world, according to Jayson Crawley, a local law-enforcement official in Virginia who investigated the matter.

"Aiming ads at consumers based on information about them—their purchasing habits, political persuasion or interests like pregnancy-related content—is a signature of the digital-advertising industry that has triggered scrutiny of giants such as Facebook, Inc."



"If you’re on federal disability payments and on social media, be careful what you post." The government wants to watch."

"The Trump administration has been quietly working on a proposal to use social media like Facebook and Twitter to help identify people who claim Social Security disability benefits without actually being disabled."


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