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- Google misled consumers about location data settings, Australian court saysThe court said its ruling sends a strong message to big tech companies By Sarah D. Young of ConsumerAffairs April 16, 2021 Australias federal court has ruled that Google misled consumers about location data settings on Android mobile devices between 2017 and 2018. On Friday, the countrys Competition and Consumer Commission found that Google improperly led consumers to believe that it could only collect personal data if users had location history settings turned on. The ACCC found that Google could still collect, store, and use consumers location data if the setting for web and application activity was on. When consumers created a new Google Account during the initial set-up process of their Android device, Google misrepresented that the Location History setting was the only Google Account setting that affected whether Google collected, kept or used personally identifiable data about their location, the court said. Online privacy victory The regulator said… ..... Read More.2 hours ago
- Olive Garden parent company hit with lawsuit over wagesDarden Restaurants says it pays well and will be increasing wages in the future By Gary Guthrie of ConsumerAffairs April 16, 2021 Wages became a hot topic this week. In addition to the U.S. House passing the Paycheck Fairness Act, the parent company of Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse found itself as the defendant in a wage-based lawsuit. Nonprofit organization One Fair Wage (OFW) filed a lawsuit against Darden Restaurants over claims that the company pays subminimum wages. The suit contends that this forces employees to depend on tips to help bring wages up to federal minimum wage levels. This isnt the first time Darden has come face-to-face with a lawsuit over wages. It was hit with another in 2012 that accused it of failing to pay federally mandated minimum wages and forcing its waiters and waitresses to work off-the-clock before or after their shifts. Racial inequity and sexual harassment… ..... Read More.2 hours ago
- Bitcoin price falls on Turkish government’s decision to ban crypto paymentsTurkeys central bank said its decision was partly based on the crypto markets excessive volatility By Sarah D. Young of ConsumerAffairs April 16, 2021 The price of Bitcoin tumbled on Friday in response to Turkeys ban on cryptocurrency payments. In a press release, the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey announced that crypto assets wont be able to be used directly or indirectly as a form of payment beginning April 30. The bank attributed its decision to several factors, including the markets volatility and lack of regulation. It said crypto assets entail significant risks to the relevant parties. It is considered that their use [crypto assets] in payments may cause non-recoverable losses for the parties to the transactions due to the above-listed factors, and they include elements that may undermine the confidence in methods and instruments used currently in payments, the bank said in a statement published Friday in… ..... Read More.3 hours ago
- Tennessee Insurance Dept. Receives NAIC AccreditationThe Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) has received accreditation from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). The NAIC is the U.S. standard-setting and regulatory support organization created and governed by the chief insurance regulators from the 50 … ..... Read More.3 hours ago
- Mississippi Seeks Federal Disaster Aid After Winter StormsMississippi is asking President Joe Biden to approve a major disaster declaration to help local governments and nonprofit groups recover costs from responding to winter storms that brought large parts of the state to a standstill. Gov. Tate Reeves’ office … ..... Read More.3 hours ago
- Texas Energy Companies Against Berkshire Hathaway’s $8B Backup Power PlanAn $8.3 billion idea by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Energy to build 10 new natural gas power plants across the state for emergency use turned into formal legislation on April 15, when the proposal was introduced during a state Senate … ..... Read More.3 hours ago
- Louisiana Accuses Alabama Agency, Owner of Fraudulent Marketing, SubmissionsThe Louisiana Department of Insurance (LDI) has issued a cease and desist order to a Birmingham, Ala., insurance agency, Senior Care Services LLC, alleging the company uses false or misrepresentative facts and information such as submitting fraudulent applications for insurance … ..... Read More.4 hours ago