EFF to Supreme Court: Users Must Be Able to Hold Tech Companies Accountable in Lawsuits When Their Data is Mishandled

EFF to Supreme Court: Users Must Be Able to Hold Tech Companies Accountable in Lawsuits When Their Data is Mishandled

Washington, D.C.—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today urged the Supreme Court to rule that consumers can take big tech companies like Facebook and Google to court, including in class action lawsuits, to hold them accountable for privacy and other user data-related violations, regardless of whether they can show they suffered identical harms.

Apple Vs Facebook Who Will Win The Data Privacy War?

Apple Vs Facebook Who Will Win The Data Privacy War?

Two of the world’s biggest technology companies, Apple and Facebook, are taking very different approaches to user privacy, and their decisions are having ripple effects throughout the tech community.

Ron DeSantis becomes first Republican governor to unveil legislation cracking down on Big Tech

Ron DeSantis becomes first Republican governor to unveil legislation cracking down on Big Tech

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Tuesday tore into Big Tech companies, calling them "enforcers of preferred narratives" whose economic interests are "not in the public interest" in a lengthy speech announcing new legislation to protect the privacy and free speech rights of Floridians from Silicon Valley.

U.S. and States Say Facebook Illegally Crushed Competition

U.S. and States Say Facebook Illegally Crushed Competition

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission and more than 40 states accused Facebook on Wednesday of buying up its rivals to illegally squash competition, and they called for the deals to be unwound, escalating regulators’ battle against the biggest tech companies in a way that could remake the social media industry.

California just passed a major privacy law that will make it harder for Facebook and Google to track people and gather data

California just passed a major privacy law that will make it harder for Facebook and Google to track people and gather data

A new law passed by California voters in the November election will set an unprecedented standard for digital privacy in the US, making it harder for big tech companies like Facebook and Google to track people's data.

U.S. House's antitrust report hints at break-up of Big Tech firms: lawmaker

U.S. House's antitrust report hints at break-up of Big Tech firms: lawmaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives antitrust report on Big Tech firms contains a “thinly veiled call to break up” the companies, Republican Congressman Ken Buck said in a draft response seen by Reuters.

EU court cancels US data-sharing pact over snooping concerns

EU court cancels US data-sharing pact over snooping concerns

The European Union’s top court ruled Thursday, July 16, 2020 that an agreement that allows big tech companies to transfer data to the United States is invalid, and that national regulators need to take tougher action to protect the privacy of users' data.

Your Data Should Belong to You — and not to the Big Tech Companies

Your Data Should Belong to You — and not to the Big Tech Companies

The Data Dividend Project aims to gather together hundreds of thousands of Americans to collectively bargain to take back your data rights that are currently being exploited by the big technology companies and data brokers.

Opinion | What if We All Just Sold Non-Creepy Advertising?

Opinion | What if We All Just Sold Non-Creepy Advertising?

By contrast, it is the big ad-tech companies — especially Facebook and Google — that do not want to make it easy for consumers to avoid profiling, because their business models rely on it.

The Verge Tech Survey 2020: how people feel about Apple, Google, Facebook, and more

The Verge Tech Survey 2020: how people feel about Apple, Google, Facebook, and more

The Verge conducted its first national tech survey in the hangover of the 2016 US presidential election, when Americans were beginning to come to grips with the vast reach and influence of big tech platforms.Microsoft leads big tech companies in the number of Americans who say they trust it, at 75 percent of survey respondents.

Most Facebook employees wouldn’t trust it with their financial data: survey

Most Facebook employees wouldn’t trust it with their financial data: survey

Between Facebook’s Libra project and Google’s new Google Pay-linked checking accounts, Big Tech is demonstrating big plans to integrate itself into the world of digital finance.The survey, released today, polled more than 5,000 professionals working at various companies, including Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Uber.

Google is buying Fitbit: now what?

Google is buying Fitbit: now what?

Rick Osterloh knows a thing or two about Google mucking up a big consumer electronics acquisition Google, like all tech giants, has bought a lot of companies.

House antitrust probe report likely by 'first part' of 2020

House antitrust probe report likely by 'first part' of 2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee expects to have a final report on its probe of big technology companies and their potential breaches of antitrust law, by the “first part” of next year, the chair of its antitrust panel said on Friday.

Google chief: I'd disclose smart speakers before guests enter my home

Google chief: I'd disclose smart speakers before guests enter my home

Do you accept reports about what happened with the Pixel tests help undermine confidence in Google and other big technology companies' use of facial recognition data?

What We 'Know' About Facebook

What We 'Know' About Facebook

Photo: GettyOn Friday, Gizmodo uncovered shocking new evidence that Facebook is using its platform to suppress stories about CEO Mark Zuckerberg...Like most big tech companies, Facebook doesn’t offer a phone number to call if you’re having issues.

Facial-recognition software will be installed at Israeli checkposts

Facial-recognition software will be installed at Israeli checkposts

TechCrunch reports Google has proposed a new privacy initiative that aims to curb tracking by digital marketers and advertisers.Gallup reports its poll of 1,522 Americans revealed respondents are divided on whether big tech companies need more regulation.

Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook at Congress antitrust hearing: How to watch

Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook at Congress antitrust hearing: How to watch

Getty Images Congress on Tuesday will be tackling one of the biggest questions facing the tech industry in decades: Have companies like Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon become so big that they need to be broken up ?Already, the battle lines have been drawn.

Facebook and Google could be forced to tell you how much your data is worth under new US legislation

Facebook and Google could be forced to tell you how much your data is worth under new US legislation

That's the question US senators Mark Warner and Josh Hawley want answered by introducing a bill on Monday that, if successful, would require big tech companies to disclose to individual users the value of their information.

Charles Koch and George Soros team up with Patreon, Mozilla, Pinterest and more to stamp out “hate” online

Charles Koch and George Soros team up with Patreon, Mozilla, Pinterest and more to stamp out “hate” online

Pinterest insider, Eric Cochran, who exposed internal blacklist speaks out - calls big tech companies “dark censorship bureaus”. Pinterest insider, Eric Cochran, who exposed internal blacklist speaks out - calls big tech companies “dark censorship bureaus”.

Google is tech's top spender on lobbying — Facebook and Amazon are also at record levels

Google is tech's top spender on lobbying — Facebook and Amazon are also at record levels

Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Google, is sworn in during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018.As the biggest U.S. technology companies face increasing scrutiny from regulators related to privacy practices and market control, they're spending a lot more money to try and influence lawmakers.

The economics of privacy

The economics of privacy

Of course, just as privacy violations do not stem mainly from the big tech companies, we have never been in control of what is done with information and opinion about us, again think back on social gossip.

Google's privacy promises don't sway many experts

Google's privacy promises don't sway many experts

Google announced new privacy tools Tuesday intended to give people more control over how they're being tracked on the go or in their own home, part of a broader effort by big tech companies to counter increasing scrutiny of their data collection practices.

23 reasons not to reveal your DNA

23 reasons not to reveal your DNA

They often also claim rights to your genetic data and sell access to their databases to big pharmaceutical and medtech companies. OK, so test results can also lead to important discoveries about your personal health, and can also be shared for non-profit biomedical research in the public interest.

How Big Tech Built the Iron Cage

How Big Tech Built the Iron Cage

Shoshana Zuboff, a professor emerita at Harvard Business School, mentions the citizens of Broughton more than once in her book “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power”—a reckoning with the stranglehold that Google, Facebook, Amazon, and other Big Tech companies exert over our lives and minds.

Elizabeth Warren says she wants to break up Amazon, Google, and Facebook

Elizabeth Warren says she wants to break up Amazon, Google, and Facebook

“To restore the balance of power in our democracy, to promote competition, and to ensure that the next generation of technology innovation is as vibrant as the last, it’s time to break up our biggest tech companies.” The proposal notes that major companies have tightened their grip on the digital market through mergers, but regulators have largely let those deals pass.

'Internet of things' connected cars will invade your privacy

'Internet of things' connected cars will invade your privacy

Cars have become part of the "internet of things." They are connected to our devices, the internet as well as big tech companies. Click or tap to listen to learn about IoT and cybersecurity.

'Do the right thing': ads on Facebook and Google seek big tech whistleblowers

'Do the right thing': ads on Facebook and Google seek big tech whistleblowers

Initiative by not-for-profit Fight for the Future offers employees of Silicon Valley firms a way to organize and leak information 'Do the right thing': ads on Facebook and Google seek big tech whistleblowers Silicon Valley activists have launched a whistleblower campaign to help workers organize against “unethical tech”, including ads on social media platforms targeting the employees of those companies.

Facebook needs regulation as Zuckerberg 'fails' - UK MPs

Facebook needs regulation as Zuckerberg 'fails' - UK MPs

"The big tech companies are failing in the duty of care they owe to their users to act against harmful content, and to respect their data privacy rights." The report called for: In response, Facebook said: "We share the committee's concerns about false news and election integrity and are pleased to have made a significant contribution to their investigation over the past 18 months, answering more than 700 questions and with four of our most senior executives giving evidence.

Antitrust is beginning to bite the big tech companies

Antitrust is beginning to bite the big tech companies

Image source Today the German Antitrust authority (Bunderskartellamt), whose job it is to keep companies’ power in check, found that Facebook abused its dominance of the social network market to track and collect users’ personal data in ways users do not know about.

The Senator Who Wants to Keep Silicon Valley From Reading Your Messages

The Senator Who Wants to Keep Silicon Valley From Reading Your Messages

(This year, California passed similar legislation, fought by big tech lobbyists.) The bill comes after a year of public reckoning with how much power technology companies have, as Facebook scandals involving Cambridge Analytica data collection and election meddling have transformed Silicon Valley from America’s startup darlings to the country’s biggest corporate creeps.

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