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May 27, 2019

IN THE NEWS: FACEBOOK SETTLEMENT MAY BE DELAYED

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — That Facebook settlement with the Federal Trade Commission may not be as done a deal as we thought it was. A published report says the social networking giant may have to wait before settling up with the Feds. The Wall Street Journal reports political wrangling is delaying a deal that could see Facebook docked for up to $5 billion for privacy breaches. The Journal says Republican members of the panel are OK with the settlement, but the two Democrats on the panel are holding out _ because they think the settlement is too soft on Facebook. The FTC opened a probe into Facebook after word got out that the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica had gathered personal details on the social network’s users without permission.

IN THE NEWS: E-SCOOTERS AND THE LAW

UNDATED (AP) _ You see them just about anywhere you go in cities all over the country: those little electronic scooters, just waiting for riders to hop on and go. But what happens when the going gets rough _ and the rider falls, collides with a vehicle or gets into some other scrape? The laws of states vary _ but riders need to be aware that in some cases, they must wear helmets _ or in other cases, they’re banned from sidewalks. Other cities restrict where you can ditch the scooters. And in case of a fall or crash, you may end up physically and financially bruised. Most scooter companies don’t provide insurance, standard auto insurance doesn’t cover a vehicle with fewer than four wheels _ and motorcycle insurance usually doesn’t cover a scooter, because it requires you to stand on it.

ON THE WEB: SECURITY LAPSE HITS MAJOR REAL ESTATE TITLE COMPANY

CYBERSPACE (AP) — There’s been a security lapse at a major real estate title company. And the electronic incursion may have exposed the bank account numbers and other sensitive information contained in 885 million files. The company, First American Financial, confirmed the problem Friday after it was reported by the blog Krebs On Security. A flaw in an internet application let anyone with a web browser see the confidential data until the company blocked all outside access. If the 885 million records were harvested, it would rank among the biggest leaks of data ever on the internet.

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Online:

First American Financial site: https://www.firstam.com

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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