Hawley Reveals Existence of Coordination Tool Used By Big Tech Firms to Censor Users & Facebook Tool to Covertly Track Users Across Internet

Hawley Reveals Existence of Coordination Tool Used By Big Tech Firms to Censor Users & Facebook Tool to Covertly Track Users Across Internet

Senator Hawley also revealed an internal tool used by Facebook to track the actions of users across the internet that was previously believed to be private.Senator Hawley questioned the CEOs on whether Facebook used the Tasks platform to coordinate in their censorship of users.

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook won't remove anti-vaccine posts despite Covid concerns

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook won't remove anti-vaccine posts despite Covid concerns

Parker Molloy, a writer and cultural critic at Media Matters for America, said Facebook had proved itself an echo chamber when it allowed hundreds of inaccurate ads funded by pro-Trump organizations.

A Top Nissan Exec Secretly Hired a Company to Hack Carlos Ghosn's Email in 2018: Report

A Top Nissan Exec Secretly Hired a Company to Hack Carlos Ghosn's Email in 2018: Report

According to Bloomberg, which obtained a copy of the report detailing the pentest's results, one of the key objectives identified in the test would be for the firm to gain access to Ghosn's email accounts.

Facebook warns Apple's iOS 14 could shave more than 50% from Audience Network revenue

Facebook warns Apple's iOS 14 could shave more than 50% from Audience Network revenue

The Facebook Audience Network allows mobile software developers to provide in-app advertisements targeted to users based on Facebook's data.Today, advertisers can use a unique device ID number called the IDFA to better target ads and estimate their effectiveness.

Mozilla is laying off 250 people and planning a ‘new focus’ on making money

Mozilla is laying off 250 people and planning a ‘new focus’ on making money

“I desperately wish there was some other way.” As part of the layoffs, Baker laid out a series of new focuses for Mozilla to set a stronger course for the company.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ‘can’t guarantee’ policy against using seller specific data hasn’t been violated

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ‘can’t guarantee’ policy against using seller specific data hasn’t been violated

At the “Online Platforms and Market Power” virtual antitrust hearing today, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos spoke about a policy intended to prevent the company from using seller-specific data to help determine what products it should manufacture and sell itself.

Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google CEO congressional hearing officially delayed

Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google CEO congressional hearing officially delayed

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google parent Alphabet, were prepared to testify virtually on Monday before the House Antitrust Subcommittee.

Listen to This Deepfake Audio Impersonating a CEO in Brazen Fraud Attempt

Listen to This Deepfake Audio Impersonating a CEO in Brazen Fraud Attempt

In June, an employee at a tech company received a strange voicemail from a person that identified himself as the CEO, asking for “immediate assistance to finalize an urgent business deal.” As it turns out, despite sounding almost like the CEO, the voicemail was actually created with computer software.

Twitter says 130 people were targeted in hack that hijacked accounts of Elon Musk, Joe Biden

Twitter says 130 people were targeted in hack that hijacked accounts of Elon Musk, Joe Biden

said late Thursday that about 130 people were targeted in a cyberattack that took control of high-profile accounts to promote a bitcoin scam."Based on what we know right now, we believe approximately 130 accounts were targeted by the attackers in some way as part of the incident," the social media firm tweeted.

Amazon bans police use of facial recognition technology for one year

Amazon bans police use of facial recognition technology for one year

Amazon said on Wednesday that it's banning use of its facial recognition software by police for one year, as pressure on tech companies builds to respond to the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs shuts down Toronto smart city project

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs shuts down Toronto smart city project

The plan, which was projected to cost over a billion dollars and has been under development for over two years, had run into community opposition from local residents who objected to the company’s high-tech, sensor-laden vision for the city’s waterfront.

Apple Just Disabled Clearview AI's iPhone App For Breaking Its Rules On Distribution

Apple Just Disabled Clearview AI's iPhone App For Breaking Its Rules On Distribution

Apple has disabled the iOS application of Clearview AI — the facial recognition company that claims to have amassed a database of billions of photos and has worked with thousands of organizations around the world — after BuzzFeed News determined that the New York–based startup had been violating the iPhone maker’s rules around app distribution.

Reddit's CEO described TikTok as 'parasitic' and 'spyware'

Reddit's CEO described TikTok as 'parasitic' and 'spyware'

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said TikTok is “fundamentally parasitic” at a panel discussion on Wednesday.According to TechCrunch, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman disputed the idea that Silicon Valley could learn anything from TikTok.

Reddit’s CEO calls TikTok ‘parasitic,’ ‘terrifying,’ and ‘spyware’

Reddit’s CEO calls TikTok ‘parasitic,’ ‘terrifying,’ and ‘spyware’

It’s the social media app taking the world by storm, but Reddit’s cofounder and CEO Steve Huffman didn’t have kind words for the hottest app made in China.

I freaked out when I saw what sites were telling Facebook about me

I freaked out when I saw what sites were telling Facebook about me

Located in the service’s privacy settings, it lets you see all the websites and apps that reported data back to Facebook about your visits and activities.Facebook says that sites are required to inform me that they intend to report back to Facebook on my visits, purchases, and other activities.

Google Chrome Will Phase Out Third-Party Cookies by 2022

Google Chrome Will Phase Out Third-Party Cookies by 2022

In a move that many have feared for the last year, Google has finally given a timeline for phasing out support for third-party cookies in its Chrome web browser.

Google co-founders step aside as antitrust scrutiny heats up

Google co-founders step aside as antitrust scrutiny heats up

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down from their roles within the parent company, Alphabet.Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down as CEO and president, respectively, of Google parent company Alphabet.

.ORGanized Takeover – a timeline of the ISOC, PIR & Ethos Capital Deal

.ORGanized Takeover – a timeline of the ISOC, PIR & Ethos Capital Deal

Chehadé leaves ICANN before his contract expired in order to start his own consulting firm and later joins Abry Partners.Andrew Sullivan is appointed CEO of ISOC, starting in September.Nevett becomes the new CEO of PIR, responsible for .ORG.

Apple redesigns its privacy pages, thumbing its nose at Facebook and Google

Apple redesigns its privacy pages, thumbing its nose at Facebook and Google

Apple has tried to market its dedication to privacy, comparing itself favorably to competitors that include Amazon ( AMZN ) , ( FB ) and Google ( GOOGL ) , which make money by packaging and selling personal information about the people who use their services.

Facebook gave Tinder and other dating apps special access to user data

Facebook gave Tinder and other dating apps special access to user data

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg flirted with the idea of getting into the online dating business in 2014 — but instead gave Tinder and similar apps access to user data, leaked documents show.

Zuckerberg doubles down on Facebook political ads policy after Twitter ban

Zuckerberg doubles down on Facebook political ads policy after Twitter ban

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tore into those arguments with the series of tweets announcing his company's policy change.Zuckerberg said Facebook believes "transparency" around political advertising is preferable to a ban on the ads.

China: Universal Studios Park will Use Facial Recognition

China: Universal Studios Park will Use Facial Recognition

The technology is part of a host of services owned by Chinese internet giant Alibaba that will be integrated into Universal’s park, the companies announced at a press event in Beijing on Thursday.

At an Outback Steakhouse Franchise, Surveillance Blooms

At an Outback Steakhouse Franchise, Surveillance Blooms

“It’s basically the same, we would just present the metrics to the managers after the shift.” Presto says it's testing the technology at multiple restaurants across the country, but declined to name any other than Outback.

EPIC - EPIC Challenges Closed Door Meetings of US AI Commission

EPIC - EPIC Challenges Closed Door Meetings of US AI Commission

EPIC has filed an open government lawsuit against the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, following the Commission’s repeated failure to make its records and meetings open to the public.EPIC filed multiple requests for access to Commission meetings and records.

Amazon is creating draft facial recognition regulation to pitch to lawmakers

Amazon is creating draft facial recognition regulation to pitch to lawmakers

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says his company is developing a set of laws to regulate facial recognition technology that it plans to share with federal lawmakers.In February, the company, which has faced escalating scrutiny over its controversial facial recognition tech, called Amazon Rekognition, published guidelines it said it hoped lawmakers would consider enacting.

Rogue 'Smart' Ovens Again Highlight How Dumb Tech Is Often The Smarter Choice

Rogue 'Smart' Ovens Again Highlight How Dumb Tech Is Often The Smarter Choice

Which might all be fairly impressive if the oven didn't have a weird habit of turning itself on in the middle of the night: "The first documented overnight preheat occurred in May. A group member wrote that he roasted potatoes around 5PM one night and left them to cool in the oven.

Developers accuse Apple of anti-competitive behavior with its privacy changes in iOS 13

Developers accuse Apple of anti-competitive behavior with its privacy changes in iOS 13

In a report by The Information, the developers were said to have accused Apple of anti-competitive behavior when it comes to how apps can access user location data.

Facebook Lawyer Says You Don't Have Any Privacy on the Site

Facebook Lawyer Says You Don't Have Any Privacy on the Site

Just one day before Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at a shareholder meeting that he wants to build a “privacy-focused social platform,” the company’s lawyer argued that privacy doesn’t actually exist on Facebook.

Google's privacy push adds Incognito Mode for Maps and Search

Google's privacy push adds Incognito Mode for Maps and Search

Filters that auto-delete web & app activity will become available starting today with support for auto deleting your location history "in the coming weeks," and he also announced extensions for the Incognito Mode you're familiar with from Chrome.

Advertisers Are Hedging on Google as It Enacts GDPR-Compliant Policies

Advertisers Are Hedging on Google as It Enacts GDPR-Compliant Policies

Sources say there are “literally dozens” of RFPs for buy-side ad servers in the North American market at present, with the vast majority of these issued by advertisers reflecting on the impact of Google’s GDPR-compliance policies—i.e., limiting data passbacks to advertisers using its DoubleClick ad stack— that hampered their attempts to implement independent attribution strategies, and in some cases outright shut them down.