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The Federal Trade Commission approved a settlement Friday with Uber Technologies over allegations that Uber deceived consumers about its privacy and data security practices.

Why it matters: The settlement is the latest consequence for Uber's free-wheeling behavior under then-CEO Travis Kalanick. Under the two data breaches, Uber did not disclose the second to consumers or the FTC for more than a year.

The details: The FTC alleged Uber failed to monitor employee access to consumers’ personal information on an ongoing basis and to reasonably secure sensitive consumer data it stored in the cloud.

  • If Uber fails to notify the FTC in the future, the ride-sharing company could face civil penalties involving unauthorized access to driver and rider information.
  • Uber cannot mislead how it monitors internal access to consumers’ personal information.
  • Uber must also start a "privacy program" and have independent assessors monitor Uber's compliance to the FTC for 20 years.

What they're saying:

"The threat of civil penalties would provide a greater incentive to firms to follow through on the promises they make to consumers and to make appropriate investments to implement reasonable data security safeguards."
— FTC Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter
"Given the serious misconduct uncovered in this investigation, I support this action. But, I believe the Commission should have given greater weight to several of the suggestions made in the comments."
— FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra

Background: Instead of immediately disclosing the incident to customers and relevant government agencies, Uber paid the hackers responsible $100,000 to delete the data and keep the incident quiet. Ex-Uber CEO Travis Kalanick learned of the incident one month after it happened. Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi parted ways with the companies chief security officer Joe Sullivan once he took the helm of the company.

Flashback: Last month, Uber agreed to pay $148 million in a California-led settlement related to the breach.

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Domestic extremists are using obscure and private corners of the internet to plot new attacks ahead of Inauguration Day. Their plans are also hidden in plain sight, buried in podcasts and online video platforms.

Why it matters: Because law enforcement was caught flat-footed during last week's Capitol siege, researchers and intelligence agencies are paying more attention to online threats that could turn into real-world violence.

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When the coronavirus lockdowns started in March, kidstech firm SuperAwesome found that screen time was up 50%. Nearly a year later, that percentage hasn't budged, according to new figures from the firm.

Why it matters: For most parents, pre-pandemic expectations around screen time are no longer realistic. The concern now has shifted from the number of hours in front of screens to the quality of screen time.

In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.