Airlines say they are hoping to provide "smart" airplane cabins that keep track of passengers' preferences, but privacy experts are raising concerns that such data might be collected without explicit consent. Experts also note that data breaches are a risk and that passengers who consent to such data gathering don't always know who their personal information is shared with.
Switzerland has more restrictive workforce data privacy laws than the US, but employers there can still push monitoring boundaries if they have "legitimate interests," writes Jessica Davis Pluss. Critics, however, doubt employees will accept having personal information gathered from social media, cameras and other devices for the long term, saying it will harm morale or be used "to discriminate against staffers for their personal views," she writes.
Cookies have come under the most scrutiny in the internet privacy debate, but advertisers can access other consumer information using digital fingerprinting. Device and network attributes that browsers use to display content properly could be aggregated to provide companies with data.
A MoneyTips survey of 509 American adults found that 44% of them had been victims of identity theft. The survey also found that 35% of respondents subscribe to a credit monitoring service, while 35% said they don't need any such protection.
Officials at the Southeastern Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in Connecticut have notified 25,148 patients about a ransomware attack, discovered Feb. 18, that compromised data including patient names, medical histories, treatments, addresses and Social Security numbers. Meanwhile, an undisclosed number of patients at UMC Physicians in Lubbock, Texas, may have had their protected health information compromised after officials discovered on March 12 that two employee providers exchanged patient care-related follow-up tasks over unsecured Google accounts.
San Francisco became the first major US city to ban the use of facial recognition technology by city agencies, including its police department. San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin said the ban is "to ensure the safe and responsible use" of surveillance technology.