Spoiler alert: Game of Thrones might be facing a game of extortion. Recently hackers posted episodes and scripts of unreleased HBO shows online, all with the same "HBO is Falling" watermark. A second online data dump included internal emails, employment agreements, and documents detailing HBO's marketing strategy. Their motive for the attack was unclear until a ransom note surfaced, sent to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, and containing a demand for an undisclosed amount of money (under threat of more data leaks). More details on this story are sure to emerge in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, this breach serves as a good reminder of the importance of having strong line of defense when it comes to cybersecurity

Think twice before tagging yourself in Facebook photos: In 2015, Facebook was hit with a lawsuit alleging their photo tagging feature (which uses facial recognition software to catalog and store data) violated a unique Illinois law that prohibits the collection of biometric data without user permission. Although the legal proceedings are still underway, Facebook has quietly been ramping up their state lobbying efforts, and seeking to put a stop to similar bills from forming in other states. It's no secret that many tech companies rely on utilizing the data they collect to sell ads, but privacy advocates claim Facebook stands out because of their aggressive opposition to any regulation when it comes to tech.

Has Disney has been spying on kids? The Walt Disney Co. landed themselves in hot water recently after it was announced they're facing a federal lawsuit alleging some of their apps installed tracking software without consent. This class-action suit has named Disney (along with three other software companies), and claims that this data collection violates COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act). Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy explained to the Chicago Tribune, "These are heavy-duty technologies, industrial-strength data and analytic companies whose role is to track and monetize individuals. These should not be in little children's apps." This isn't the first time Disney has faced accusations of COPPA violations, and although litigation is still underway, practicing caution in the meantime might be wise. For more information, and to see a full list of the apps in question, check out this piece from the Chicago Tribune

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