Data Privacy Digest – May 6, 2019

May 6, 2019

The Data Privacy Digest is Californians for Consumer Privacy's weekly round-up of relevant consumer data privacy news. You may subscribe here.

This week, we're thinking about the consumer's right to know who has our personal information and what they do with it. While Google announced its latest effort to expand user controls, a little-known marketing company exposed the personal information of 80 million Americans. A JetBlue passenger questions the airline and Department of Homeland Securities' facial recognition system via social media and goes viral – a surprising 5 minute listen that will have you thinking about your biometric data before booking your next flight.

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

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Data Of 80 Million American Households Exposed In Mystery Database Mega-Leak

"Mega breaches and leaks are becoming all too common. In January, it emerged that more than a billion unique email address and password combinations had been posted to a hacking forum for anyone to see in a mega-breach dubbed Collection #1. Then in March, 763,117,241 people had their records leaked by a marketing database called Verifications IO.

Now it’s emerged that an unsecured database belonging to an unknown organization has exposed 80 million US households’ details. According to Statista, this translates to half of all US households – certainly no small number."

[https://www.forbes.com/sites/kateoflahertyuk/2019/04/30/data-of-80-million-americans-exposed-in-mystery-database-mega-leak/#6a3651e25dac]

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Google will soon allow users to auto-delete location history and search data

“Google users will soon have the option to automatically delete their location and Web browsing histories, a privacy-enhancing feature to remove data about the places they’ve been to, the websites they visit and the apps they use.

Google already offers an option to turn off location history, and Web and app activity. Users can also manually delete data that’s generated from searches and other Google services. But the new feature lets them remove such information automatically, on a regular schedule, offering a middle ground between Google permanently holding the data and users having to delete it themselves. It also gives the company some cover against users choosing to shut down data tracking altogether. The user data is crucial to the company’s targeted ads and multibillion-dollar revenue stream."

[https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/05/02/google-will-soon-allow-users-auto-delete-location-history-search-data/?utm_term=.391a751e7afd]

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Check In For Your Flight With Your Face? Passenger Questions JetBlue Facial-Recognition System

“MacKenzie Fegan was surprised to find out recently that she didn't have to hand over her boarding pass to board her international flight on JetBlue.

Instead, all she had to do was look into a camera."

"She took to social media in search of answers. JetBlue responded to Fegan's tweet, and an exchange ensued:"

[https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2019/05/02/jetblue-facial-recognition-check-in]

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