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  • Facebook Invests $50 million to Promote Responsible Behavior in 'Metaverse'

    September 29, 2021

    Facebook has announced a $50 million investment to promote responsible behavior in the 'metaverse," which Facebook intends to become a digital world where people can use different devices to move and communicate in a virtual environment.

  • TikTok's Lead EU Regulator Opens Two Data Privacy Probes

    September 15, 2021

    TikTok’s lead data privacy regulator in the European Union has opened two inquiries into the Chinese-owned platform related to the processing of children’s personal data and transfers of personal data to China.

  • Millions of VIP Facebook Users Shielded from Standard Moderation Protocols

    September 14, 2021

    According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook is using a program known as « cross check » or « XCheck » that shields at  least 5.8 million VIP Facebook users from the company’s standard content moderation.

  • Butler: The Dangers of TikTok

    September 10, 2021

    Jack Butler writing in the National Review, explores the history and dangers of the popular application TikTok including its questionable practices collecting users data and reputable reports that the app is compromised by the Chinese government.

  • Facebook’s WhatsApp Fined for Breaking EU’s Data Privacy Law

    September 07, 2021

    In a case that represents a big test of Europe’s ability to enforce its landmark data privacy law, Irish authorities have fined Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service nearly $270 million for lack of transparency concerning how data is used and collected from people on the service.

  • Tim Cook: Tech industry Needs to Rebuild User Trust After Privacy Losses

    August 25, 2021

    As people increasingly view privacy as a mainstream issue, Apple CEO, Tim Cook stated in a recent interview the some users trust has been taken advantage of by tech firms and that he feels it is essential to rebuild that trust through means including, in some cases, where necessary, regulation.

  • UN Experts Call for Moratorium on Sale of Surveillance Technology

    August 18, 2021

    Concerned that surveillance technology is being used to « monitor, intimidate and silence human rights defenders, journalists and political opponents », a panel of human rights experts have called on the UN member states to place a moratorium on the sale of surveillance technology until there are regulations in place that protects human rights.

  • Amazon Awarded Secret $10B NSA Cloud Computing Contract: Report

    August 11, 2021

    Nextgov has reported that after receiving a a $600 million deal with the Central Intelligence Agency in 2013 to provide cloud services to the agency and the NSA, The National Security Agency has awarded a cloud computing contract worth up to $10 billion to Amazon.

  • Google to Add Privacy for Teenagers on its Search Engine and YouTube.

    August 11, 2021

    In response to increasing pressure from Washington, Google has announced it plans additional privacy measures to protect teenage users on YouTube and its search engine including allowing anyone under 18 years old, or a parent or guardian, to request the removal of that minor’s images from Google Image search results.

  • China, U.S., Follow the EU’s Example and Step up Pressure on Big Tech

    August 10, 2021

    China and the United States are joining the EU as tech enforcers as China begins moving to assert control over companies like Alibaba, while the U.S., with bipartisan support, is taking on Google and Facebook in court.

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