Facebook reaches $550 million settlement in facial recognition lawsuit

The lawsuit began in 2015, when Illinois users accused Facebook of violating the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act in collecting biometric data. Facebook allegedly accomplished this through its “Tag Suggestions” feature, which allowed users to recognize their Facebook friends from previously uploaded photos. In a statement, law firms Edelson, Robbins Geller and Labaton Sucharow said … More Facebook reaches $550 million settlement in facial recognition lawsuit

A Backlash Brews Against Phantom Hotel Fees

A 2019 bill introduced in the House of Representatives with Republican and Democratic sponsors would prohibit the practice that has spread from resorts to many downtown properties. In addition, Nebraska sued Hilton and the District of Columbia sued Marriott, part of an effort by some attorneys general to attack a now-widespread practice some call unfair. … More A Backlash Brews Against Phantom Hotel Fees

Legal Funding Impacts Taxes, On Funding & Later Settlement

But apart from sales and loans, some funders are willing to use an unusual structure called a prepaid forward contract. It is a sale, so you might assume you have to report the up-front money (the sale proceeds) immediately as income. However, this is a sale contract with an unclear final sales price, usually because the formula for … More Legal Funding Impacts Taxes, On Funding & Later Settlement

‘Faithless elector’: Supreme Court will hear case that could change how presidents are chosen

The Supreme Court ruled in 1952 that states do not violate the Constitution when they require electors to pledge that they will abide by the popular vote. But the justices have never said whether it is constitutional to enforce those pledges. “The Electoral College is unbelievably important to the mechanics of how we select a … More ‘Faithless elector’: Supreme Court will hear case that could change how presidents are chosen

The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

Until now, technology that readily identifies everyone based on his or her face has been taboo because of its radical erosion of privacy. Tech companies capable of releasing such a tool have refrained from doing so; in 2011, Google’s chairman at the time said it was the one technology the company had held back because … More The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

Children’s climate change lawsuit: The 9th Circuit has dismissed Juliana v. US – Vox

A three-judge panel in the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to dismiss the Juliana v. US lawsuit on Friday, a seminal case involving 21 young people who sued the federal government for violating their right to a safe climate. The decision is a blow to climate activists and shows the limits of … More Children’s climate change lawsuit: The 9th Circuit has dismissed Juliana v. US – Vox

Will You Face a ‘Student Loan Forgiveness Tax Bomb’? — NerdWallet

The student loan forgiveness tax bomb affects borrowers on income-driven repayment plans who don’t pay off their loans during their 20- or 25-year term. Borrowers who use income-driven repayment plans are most likely to experience a student loan forgiveness tax bomb. These plans last 20 or 25 years, and if you don’t pay off your loan during … More Will You Face a ‘Student Loan Forgiveness Tax Bomb’? — NerdWallet

Student Loan Forgiveness | Federal Student Aid

Borrower Defense to Repayment Available for Direct Loans.* You may be eligible for discharge of your federal student loans based on borrower defense to repayment if you took out the loans to attend a school and the school did something or failed to do something related to your loan or to the educational services that … More Student Loan Forgiveness | Federal Student Aid

Washington state lawmakers debut legislation for consumer privacy and facial recognition – GeekWire

The data privacy bill, known as the Washington Privacy Act, follows similar legislation enacted such as the European Union’s GDPR, and CCPA in California. It aims to give consumers new rights to ownership over their data and establish new transparency requirements for companies that process consumer data. Consumers would have the right to access, delete, correct, … More Washington state lawmakers debut legislation for consumer privacy and facial recognition – GeekWire