Hashtag Trending Oct. 11 – Dutch court says employees can keep webcam off; Papa Johns sued for data collection; one million Facebook account information potentially stolen

Dutch court rules that employees have the right to keep webcams turned off during work hours, Papa John’s receives a lawsuit for data collection on its website, and as many as one million Facebook users may have their account information stolen.

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A Dutch court has ruled that demanding employees to turn on their webcams is a human rights violation. When a telemarketer refused to turn on his webcam for the entire workday, the company, Chetu, fired him for insubordination. But, as TechCrunch reported, labour laws work a bit differently in the Netherlands than it does in Florida, where the company was based. The employee sued the company for unfair dismissal, and the court ultimately ruled in his favour, ordering the company to pay $50,000 in back pay and unused vacation days. Chetu did not appear in court.

Source: TechCrunch

Pizza chain Papa John’s is being sued by a customer for the way it collects data from visitors on its website. The customer accused the company of employing session replay software that records a user’s activity on the site. In addition to collecting orders, the website would also track nuanced behaviours like mouse movements, clicks, and search terms. Session replay software is most commonly used to improve service, but the data must be safely stored to protect user privacy. The lawsuit, filed in a federal district court in California, wants either $10,000 or $100 per violation, whichever is greater.

Source: The Register

Meta is warning that as many as one million users may have had their account information stolen. Meta didn’t leak the data, but was instead stolen by malicious Android and Apple apps. According to CBS News, Meta researchers found more than 400 such apps. The company says it’s reaching out to those who may be at risk. In parallel, Google has removed these apps from the Play Store.

Source: CBS News

The iPhone 14’s advanced crash detection feature is causing an unintended problem: calling emergency services when taken on roller coaster rides. Designed to dial 911 automatically when it detects a crash by triangulating readings from several sensors, the feature can’t discern between an actual crash or a thrilling ride. The Wall Street Journal reported that first responders have been sent to amusement parks in error on several occasions. For example, the Kings Island amusement park received six emergency calls triggered by park rides. The Verge noted that users can leave their devices behind when going on a ride, leave them in airplane mode, or just disable the crash detection feature altogether.

Source: Wall Street Journal, The Verge

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Telecommunication and consumer hardware are Tom's main beats at IT Business. He loves to talk about Canada's network infrastructure, semiconductor products, and of course, anything hot and new in the consumer technology space. You'll also occasionally see his name appended to articles on cloud, security, and SaaS-related news. If you're ever up for a lengthy discussion about the nuances of each of the above sectors or have an upcoming product that people will love, feel free to drop him a line at [email protected].

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