Google reportedly targeted by states in coming antitrust probe

Google reportedly targeted by states in coming antitrust probe

The investigation comes as Google and other Silicon Valley giants face increased scrutiny from government officials and regulators.The Justice Department in July announced an antitrust probe into the tech industry more broadly, targeting Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.

Uh-oh: Silicon Valley is building a Chinese-style social credit system

Uh-oh: Silicon Valley is building a Chinese-style social credit system

The New York State Department of Financial Services announced earlier this year that life insurance companies can base premiums on what they find in your social media posts.

Is America Finally Ready For A Surveillance-Free Smartphone?

Is America Finally Ready For A Surveillance-Free Smartphone?

If you follow the funding strategies for technology companies and the darlings of Silicon Valley, you know the smartphone space is a tough nut to crack.The company exists to serve a core mission—for Purism, the security and privacy of its customers—above a profit motive.

Americans aren't enchanted by Silicon Valley anymore: poll

Americans aren't enchanted by Silicon Valley anymore: poll

According to new Pew Research Center data, Americans are more likely to view megaliths like Facebook and Google as mistrustful swindlers — whereas just a few years ago, more Americans believed tech companies were having a positive effect on our world.

Wikipedia co-founder slams Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter and the 'appalling' internet

Wikipedia co-founder slams Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter and the 'appalling' internet

"The internet wouldn't have been created by people like Mark Zuckerberg, or any of the sort of corporate executives in Silicon Valley today," he said. The internet wouldn't have been created by people like Mark Zuckerberg, or any of the sort of corporate executives in Silicon Valley today.

U.S. May Outlaw Messaging Encryption Used By WhatsApp, iMessage And Others, Report

U.S. May Outlaw Messaging Encryption Used By WhatsApp, iMessage And Others, Report

Which is why when Politico reported that "senior Trump administration officials met on Wednesday [June 26] to discuss whether to seek legislation prohibiting tech companies from using forms of encryption that law enforcement can’t break," it was of real significance, "a provocative step that would reopen a long-running feud between federal authorities and Silicon Valley.".

Banning end-to-end encryption being considered by Trump team- 9to5Mac

Banning end-to-end encryption being considered by Trump team- 9to5Mac

Senior Trump administration officials met on Wednesday to discuss whether to seek legislation prohibiting tech companies from using forms of encryption that law enforcement can’t break — a provocative step that would reopen a long-running feud between federal authorities and Silicon Valley.

Antitrust Troubles Snowball for Tech Giants as Lawmakers Join In

Antitrust Troubles Snowball for Tech Giants as Lawmakers Join In

Regulators are divvying up antitrust oversight of the Silicon Valley giants and lawmakers are investigating whether they have stifled competition and hurt consumers. The question of whether tech companies violate antitrust laws has long been the subject of academic debates and industry griping.

Silicon Valley-Funded Privacy Think Tanks Fight in D.C. to Unravel State-Level Consumer Privacy Protections

Silicon Valley-Funded Privacy Think Tanks Fight in D.C. to Unravel State-Level Consumer Privacy Protections

American standards on data collection could shape political and business decisions across the world, said Jeff Chester, president of the Center for Digital Democracy, a privacy think tank that opposes overturning of state-level privacy laws.

Big Tech Lobbying Gutted a Bill That Would Ban Recording You Without Consent

Big Tech Lobbying Gutted a Bill That Would Ban Recording You Without Consent

An Illinois bill that sought to empower average people to file lawsuits against tech companies for recording them without their knowledge via microphone-enabled devices was defanged this week after lobbying from trade associations representing Silicon Valley giants.

U.S. lawmakers in battle to regulate social media firms on data-privacy

U.S. lawmakers in battle to regulate social media firms on data-privacy

Most significantly, tech companies themselves have been lobbying Congress to pass national legislation that would override an emerging patchwork of state privacy laws – particularly new rules set to take effect in California next year that would give the state’s attorney-general broad powers to police Silicon Valley.

'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.

How did the police know you were near a crime scene? Google told them

How did the police know you were near a crime scene? Google told them

Knowing the Silicon Valley giant held a trove of consumer mobile phone location data, investigators got a Hennepin County judge to sign a "reverse location" search warrant ordering Google to identify the locations of cellphones that had been near the crime scene in Eden Prairie, and near two food markets the victims owned in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Even Silicon Valley workers want more regulation of the tech industry

Even Silicon Valley workers want more regulation of the tech industry

Companies' massive profits continue to fuel tech industry salaries, pushing up housing and cost-of-living prices so high that a six-figure salary is now considered "low income." Edelman's surveys found that those prices are having adverse effects around California.

Opinion | How Silicon Valley Puts the ‘Con’ in Consent

Opinion | How Silicon Valley Puts the ‘Con’ in Consent

The average person would have to spend 76 working days reading all of the digital privacy policies they agree to in the span of a year. Facebook advertised their app on services beloved by teens, like Snapchat and Instagram, seeking participants between the ages of 13 and 35.

Why Silicon Valley’s “growth at any cost“ is the new ”unsafe at any speed“

Why Silicon Valley’s “growth at any cost“ is the new ”unsafe at any speed“

Ars Technica Live View more stories Months earlier, Soltani had given similar Months earlier, Soltani had given similar testimony before a US Senate subcommittee, where he unequivocally said : "No other single company has done more to erode consumer privacy than Facebook." Earlier in 2018, Soltani also helped author the new California Consumer Privacy Act, which was signed into law last June, just a few years after being named as the chief technologist at the Federal Trade Commission.

Move aside, backseat driver! New tech at CES monitors you inside car

Move aside, backseat driver! New tech at CES monitors you inside car

As Guardian Optical CEO Gil Dotan said, “What automakers want is what either sells cars, or what regulators tell them to do.” Occupants, inside a car, are seen on a monitor using technology by Silicon Valley company Eyeris, which uses cameras and AI to track drivers and passengers for safety benefits, shown during an interview in San Jose, California, U.S., December 28, 2018.

Silicon Valley: How ‘connect-everything’ tech is problematic

Silicon Valley: How ‘connect-everything’ tech is problematic

“Something that was heartening this year was that accompanying this parade of scandals was a growing public awareness that there’s an accountability crisis in tech,” said Meredith Whittaker, a co-founder of New York University’s AI Now Institute for studying the social implications of artificial intelligence.

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.

The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked

The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked

The future is probably not going to get better, with real-life disasters caused by internet-connected knick-knacks , smart home robots that could kill you , and your telecom providers who routinely lose customer data and unwittingly help hackers steal your phone number (and sometimes your money.) Meanwhile, an ever-growing and increasingly passive surveillance apparatus that has trickled down to state and local police is an ever-present threat to our digital privacy and increasingly uses technology that is developed by Silicon Valley giants who are supposedly consumer-focused.

Silicon Valley finally pushes for data privacy laws at Senate hearing

Silicon Valley finally pushes for data privacy laws at Senate hearing

That Congress is now considering passing privacy legislation after more than a decade of debate and delay is a positive development, says Amie Stepanovich, the US policy manager for digital rights organization Access Now. But with a panel consisting entirely of major internet companies, consumer voices were sorely lacking.

Silicon Valley congressman unveils an Internet Bill of Rights

Silicon Valley congressman unveils an Internet Bill of Rights

To nudge such legislation along, Khanna recently unveiled a list of 10 principles amounting to a draft Internet Bill of Rights he hopes will inform sweeping data privacy laws to protect U.S. citizens in the digital age.

Mozilla co-founder's Brave files adtech complaint against Google

Mozilla co-founder's Brave files adtech complaint against Google

COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Brave, a privacy-focused web browser set up by Silicon Valley engineering guru Brendan Eich, filed privacy complaints in Britain and Ireland that could become a test case against search company Google and other digital advertising firms.

Steve Bannon Wants to Nationalize Facebook and Google’s Data

Steve Bannon Wants to Nationalize Facebook and Google’s Data

Bannon isn’t alone in this mindset: conservatives have grown exponentially less trusting of Silicon Valley in general, and social-media companies in particular, in the years since the 2016 election, as Facebook, Twitter, and Google have begun to crack down on hate speech, foreign propaganda, and conspiracy theories.

Demystifying Online Privacy, Through the Story of the Man Who Took On Silicon Valley

Demystifying Online Privacy, Through the Story of the Man Who Took On Silicon Valley

I often write about complex policy issues, and questions surrounding data collection, advertising and privacy can be challenging to unspool in a compelling, accessible way.