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FTC fines Amazon $62 million for stealing tips from drivers 2 years after the LA Times first exposed the practice.

Original article: Where does a tip to an Amazon driver go? In some cases, toward the driver’s base pay

Impact: Amazon will pay $61.7 million to delivery drivers after withholding tips

LAPD investigates officers for misconduct after the LA Times revealed officers received free Ring products or discounts and were encouraged to promote them.

Original article: Ring tapped a network of influencers to promote its cameras. They were LAPD officers

Impact: LAPD launches investigation into officers’ relationship with Ring

The Guardian revealed California's Vallejo Police Department was sharing data with law enforcement in states that have banned abortions prompting the city to launch an investigation and ultimately propose policy changes.

Original article: How expanding web of license plate readers could be ‘weaponized’ against abortion

Impact: Vallejo police shared data in violation of state law, watchdog alleges

Senators question Amazon over its contract with camera company after the LA Times reported on its "real-time Uighur warnings" & race detection

Original article: Major camera company can sort people by race, alert police when it spots Uighurs

Impact: Amazon questioned over contract with company that offered ‘real-time Uighur warnings’

Facebook demands LAPD stop using fake accounts & cease social media surveillance after the Guardian reported the police department once contracted with a tech firm that enables social media monitoring

Original articles: 

Revealed: the software that studies your Facebook friends to predict who may commit a crime

Exclusive: LAPD partnered with tech firm that enables secretive online spying

Impact: Facebook demands LAPD end social media surveillance and use of fake accounts

Impact: Meta sues Voyager after discovering the firm collected data on 600,000 users via fake accounts.

Lawsuit targets Voyager after Guardian investigation uncovered police partnership and company’s claims it could predict crime. 

More to come.

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