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The TV Network HBO is Being Sued for Sharing Subscriber Data With Facebook

The lawsuit filed on behalf of Angel McDaniel and Constance Simon against HBO has accused the company of violating their privacy by sharing subscriber viewing data with Facebook. The case was brought forth by Bursor & Fisher.

According to an article from, HBO is being accused of sharing customer data with Facebook, which then uses that information to match viewers’ viewing habits. The suit argues this violates the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) – a law passed in 1988 aimed at protecting video privacy rights.

As technology continues to evolve, the VPPA is becoming more relevant than ever. The law protects people’s private video rental records from being exposed online or onto other devices like smart TVs because these types of businesses have fallen out popularity in recent years with advancements that led consumers towards streaming services instead; however there are still cases where individuals’ personal information could be compromised through IoT setups which lead us into an era where everything has been digitized- including your home videos.

The suit claims that HBO partnered with Facebook to retarget their ads and harvest user data without permission. This can be seen in the privacy policy for this company, which states subscribers must agree first before viewing history is used by companies.

You can check the case documents here


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Top Open-Source IoT Frameworks

The Internet of Things is a vast, ever-changing landscape. It’s not one element but rather an ecosystem that consists of many different types and devices communicating with each other over the internet for data storage or processing purposes; when we combine these elements together, there needs to be some central location where everything can go in order make sense out all this information is transmitted across diverse technologies like smart TVs, home security systems, etc.

The fundamental components of IoT frameworks consist of Hardware Devices, Software Applications, Cloud and Communication Platforms, and Cloud Applications.

Here are some of the top open-source IoT frameworks:

  • KAA IoT: The Kaa IoT platform offers an open and flexible way to connect your devices. You can manage unlimited numbers of connected objects with cross-device interoperability, achieve real-time monitoring capabilities through remote provisioning/configuration services, and scale easily on modern infrastructure.
  • ZETTA: Zetta is a platform built on NodeJS, REST, and flow-based programming that uses the Siren hypermedia APIs. It abstracts away from cloud services to provide endpoints such as visualization tools or machine analytics for hacker boards.
  • IoT platforms provide a web-enabled, modular and extensible JavaScript runtime environment for developing gateway applications that connect to sensors from many different sources including accelerometers. This platform enables developers who work in automotive telematics or V2X systems with industrial edge computing capabilities as well.
  • ThingSpeak: The ThingSpeak IoT platform lets you visualize and analyze data from sensors in MATLAB without needing a license. It works with Arduino, Particle Photon, and Electron applications to collect sensor information privately while giving users freedom about where they want it shared publicly.
  • GE PREDIX: GE’s platform for industrial IoT is based on the concept of cloud foundry. It adds asset management, device security, and real-time analytics to support heterogeneous data acquisition access storage.
  • DeviceHive: DeviceHive is an open source platform that provides many features and can be used for public or private clouds. It supports various libraries, including Android/iOS software development kits (SDKs).
  •  Eclipse: Eclipse is an IoT platform built on top of the Java/OSGi based Kura API container for M2M applications running in service gateways. This framework can be integrated with other popular technologies, including Apache Camel, which makes it easy to create integrations between your systems or third-party modules.
  • OpenHAB: The OpenHAB IoT framework is an open-source software tool that allows users to create rules, scripts, and supports for persistently storing device states. It provides web-based UIs and supports major Linux hacker boards from different vendors who contribute their own modules to the modular stack.