October 7 2022

This Week in Washington 

Article Summary

  • Motherboard: So far in 2022, there have been 27 districts and 1,735 schools hit with ransomware, according to Emsisoft, a cybersecurity company that tracks these incidents.
  • New York Times: In the absence of a federal privacy law, most ad-tech companies and data brokers are unregulated and opaque in their operation, which makes it nearly impossible for phone owners to track where their data goes or how it gets used, let alone prevent that data from being shared in the first place

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Marketplace Tech Podcast

  • Podcast on Data Privacy
    The Federal Trade Commission is suing data analytics firm Kochava, alleging the company sold sensitive geolocation data from hundreds of millions of mobile devices. The FTC argues that the data could reveal users’ visits to sensitive places, like abortion providers or addiction recovery centers. It’s the latest step in FTC Chair Lina Khan’s mission to increase government oversight of companies that traffic in consumer data. Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams recently spoke with Megan Gray, founder and CEO of GrayMatters Law & Policy to discuss the significance of this case. (The FTC Gets Serious about Data Privacy with New Lawsuit – September 6, 2022)

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