In this week’s headlines…more data privacy violations and a massive bitcoin heist.
Here’s our recap:
Apple consumer lawsuit over data privacy dismissed by US judge
Four plaintiffs who claimed that Apple had designed its iOS system for third parties to easily have access to personal information without the users’ consent, had their lawsuit dismissed by a US judge.
The judge ruled that…”plaintiffs must be able to provide some evidence that they saw one or more of Apple’s alleged misrepresentations, that they actually relied on those misrepresentations, and that they were harmed thereby,” said US district judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California.
Even if this particular case has been dismissed, Koh is overseeing 19 other related suits. With this number of privacy cases on the table, is it time to start putting the onus on the company instead of the plaintiff?
Report: NSA Considered Revealing Porn Habits To Discredit Radicals
The National Security Agency allegedly considered blackmailing suspected Muslim radicals by revealing their Internet porn history, according to The Huffington Post.
The NSA supposedly has information on at least two suspected targets, gathered by the FBI under the controversial Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act (FISA). No word whether the NSA actually used the information.
Although this isn’t necessarily a case of revenge porn, it’s important to remember that this story incorporates a fundamental right we explore in our new privacy series–consent.
Cyberattack Leads to $1 Million Bitcoin Heist
A cyberattack this week left European bitcoin company, BIPS, 1,295 bitcoins poorer. More and more companies with large holdings of bitcoins are being targeted by cybercriminals, according to this. Just a few weeks ago, inputs.io allegedly lost bitcoins worth almost $1 million.
Bitcoins have not only caused volatility in the markets–it has also introduced people to digital black markets and cyber heists. Is the freedom offered by this virtual currency worth risking our online security?
And in case you missed it: this week was the launch of Private Life: The Paradox of the Digital Age—our new video series exploring the complexities of privacy in the digital age.
Check out our intro video and tell us what you think about privacy by tweeting us @ridigitalife using #rprivatelife.