Business & Human Rights

  • Doshi: Pollution and Human Rights Abuses from Mining for Minerals Used in EV Batteries Undermines Carbon Emissions Savings

    August 10, 2020

    Writing in Forbes, Tilak Doshi argues that environmental activists pushing for reductions in carbon emissions from internal combustible engines ignore the tremendous pollution and human rights abuses arising from the mining of minerals used in the production of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles, especially in Africa, China, and Latin America.

  • Forbes:  Lawsuit Alleges TikTok ‘Collected Data From Minors, Sent It To Servers In China’

    August 05, 2020

    Dozens of parents of minors across the U.S. have filed lawsuits against Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok alleging that the app collects facial recognition and location data and data on close contacts from minors, then sends it to servers in China.

  • House Republicans Seek Information about Foreign Funding of U.S. Universities

    August 05, 2020

    After an Education Department investigation that "uncovered over $6.5 billion of previously unreported foreign donations," Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, James Comer of Kentucky, and Virginia Foxx of North Carolina — the ranking members on the Judiciary, Oversight, and Education committees, respectively — requested Harvard University, Yale University, the University of Chicago, the University of Delaware, New York University, and the University of Pennsylvania provide answers about all of their gifts from and contacts with the governments of or businesses and nationals from China, Russia, Qatar, Iran, and Saudi Arabia by next Monday.

  • Right Aid uses Facial Recognition Technology in Hundreds of its Stores Nationwide

    July 29, 2020

    Reuters: Rite Aid installed facial recognition technology over the last eight years from a company with links to China's authoritarian government in over 200 stores nationwide, mainly in metro New York and L.A. 

  • Politico: Digital Tax on U.S. Tech Giants Faces Headwinds

    July 29, 2020

    According to Politico, the prospect of a Europe-wide digital tax on digital giants such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon is meeting bi-partisan headwinds from the Trump Administration and U.S. lawmakers, who, in response, have threatened to impose tariffs on popular U.S. imports of national products from Europe.

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