Antitrust and Privacy Are on a Collision Course

Antitrust and Privacy Are on a Collision Course

In December, the Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of states filed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook, alleging that as the company grew more dominant and faced less competition, it reneged on its promises to protect user privacy.

Humble Book Bundle: Hacking 101 by No Starch Press

Humble Book Bundle: Hacking 101 by No Starch Press

Get ebooks like Metasploit, Web Security for Developers, Real-World Bug Hunting, and Black Hat Go. Plus, your purchase will support the National Coalition Against Censorship and the No Starch Press Foundation!

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The growth of CEO Jeff Bezos’s astronomical wealth — up $100 billion since March, now surpassing that of any other human in history — is directly proportional to Amazon’s human and environmental costs: his corporation mistreats its workers, wrecks the climate, and undermines the public institutions underpinning our democracies along the way.

Apple accuses Facebook of 'disregard for user privacy'

Apple accuses Facebook of 'disregard for user privacy'

The company’s director of global privacy, Jane Horvath, made the criticism in a letter to a coalition of privacy groups, reassuring them that the feature, which will require users to actively allow developers to track how they use other apps, would still be launched.

Facebook argues Apple should let its apps like Messenger be default on iPhone

Facebook argues Apple should let its apps like Messenger be default on iPhone

With iOS 14, Apple has opened up its mobile platform more than ever before with the ability to set third-party apps as defaults for mail and browser.Would you like Apple to open up messaging to allow third-party apps to be the default?

Battling anti-encryption drive, tech companies pledge new child abuse disclosures

Battling anti-encryption drive, tech companies pledge new child abuse disclosures

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tech companies including Facebook, Google and Microsoft on Thursday pledged to improve and standardise annual disclosures around online child exploitation, as they fight off moves to limit encryption.

Finn Myrstad: What Happens When We Sign Away Our Online Privacy?

Finn Myrstad: What Happens When We Sign Away Our Online Privacy?

About Finn Myrstad's TED Talk. Finn Myrstad explains that not only would it take you dozens of hours, but you would probably not agree with all the ways your data is being used. Finn Myrstad is the Director of Digital Policy at the Norwegian Consumer Council.

Encryption laws are creating an exodus of data from Australia: Vault

Encryption laws are creating an exodus of data from Australia: Vault

The coalition called for an "enforceable federal human rights framework" to prevent Australia being the weakest link in the Five Eyes network, as well as for protection for whistleblowers in relation to the encryption laws, and the use of warrants and judicial content for notices issued.

Broad Coalition Tells Congress To Bring Back The Office Of Technology Assessment

Broad Coalition Tells Congress To Bring Back The Office Of Technology Assessment

Accordingly, we urge you to prioritize efforts to augment this institutional capacity, including providing funding for the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), as part of the fiscal year 2020 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill.

A Bipartisan Coalition Says Congress Should Reform Surveillance Powers—And It’s Right

A Bipartisan Coalition Says Congress Should Reform Surveillance Powers—And It’s Right

That’s why the bipartisan coalition, which includes organizations ranging from the right-leaning FreedomWorks to the progressive legal advocacy group the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), is arguing that the 2015 USA Freedom Act—meant to reform the bulk phone collection program authorized by Section 215 of the Patriot Act after Edward Snowden’s bombshell revelations of broad surveillance of Americans—hasn’t achieved its intended goals and has only allowed the abuse to continue.

Tech companies not 'comfortable' storing data in Australia, Microsoft warns

Tech companies not 'comfortable' storing data in Australia, Microsoft warns

On Wednesday the company’s president and chief legal officer, Brad Smith, said customers were asking it to build data centres elsewhere as a result of the changes, and the industry needed greater protection against the creation of “systemic weaknesses” in their products.

House bill requires pornography filter on all phones, computers purchased in Kansas

House bill requires pornography filter on all phones, computers purchased in Kansas

Two bills introduced in the Kansas House on Wednesday generate funding for human trafficking programs by requiring all new internet-capable telephones or computers sold in the state to feature anti-pornography software and by mandating adult entertainment businesses charge a special admissions tax.

Microsoft President says it's “cruel” to not give governments facial recognition tech

Microsoft President says it's “cruel” to not give governments facial recognition tech

Last month, it was reported that a coalition of activist groups had sent letters to Microsoft, Amazon, and Google, petitioning that they do not sell facial recognition technologies to governments.

Privacy Coalition to Congress: Don’t Dismantle Stronger State Data Privacy Laws

Privacy Coalition to Congress: Don’t Dismantle Stronger State Data Privacy Laws

We urge you to focus intently on the rights and dignity of your constituents by actively opposing any proposals to preempt stronger state laws in federal privacy legislation, so that existing state protections—both regulatory standards and liability rules—are maintained and so that states are free to adopt new protections.

Australia rushes its ‘dangerous’ anti-encryption bill into parliament, despite massive opposition

Australia rushes its ‘dangerous’ anti-encryption bill into parliament, despite massive opposition

The bill, in short, grants Australian police greater powers to issue “technical notices” — a nice way of forcing companies — even websites — operating in Australia to help the government hack, implant malware, undermine encryption or insert backdoors at the behest of the government.

Facebook ads urge its staff to leak secrets

Facebook ads urge its staff to leak secrets

The stunt comes a week after the New York Times revealed that a public-relations company used by Facebook had circulated claims that the controversial billionaire George Soros was the hidden backer of the Freedom from Facebook campaign.

Cisco contradicts Dutton’s claim breaking digital encryption won’t create ‘back doors’

Cisco contradicts Dutton’s claim breaking digital encryption won’t create ‘back doors’

At a committee hearing in Canberra on Friday, witnesses from Cisco, Optus and Telstra called for a better definition of the bill’s main safeguard that tech companies cannot be asked to build “systemic” weaknesses into their products.

Mass Surveillance Begins at the Local Level. So Does the Resistance to It.

Mass Surveillance Begins at the Local Level. So Does the Resistance to It.

The Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and Oakland Privacy in California, and Privacy Watch STL, based in St. Louis, Missouri, are part of a growing constellation of organizations seeking to scale back the largely unchecked surveillance powers of local police.