Leaked Draft of Trump Executive Order to 'Censor the Internet' Denounced as Dangerous, Unconstitutional Edict

Leaked Draft of Trump Executive Order to 'Censor the Internet' Denounced as Dangerous, Unconstitutional Edict

"These leaks about a potential Executive Order from the White House are troubling on many levels, from the order's potential to violate the First Amendment, to its apparent disregard for the independence of agencies like the FCC and the FTC, to its intent to unilaterally limit Section 230 which promotes moderated online communities free of hate speech and misinformation," said Chris Lewis, president and CEO of Public Knowledge.

Only 13% of UK adults trust big tech firms with handling anonymized NHS data

Only 13% of UK adults trust big tech firms with handling anonymized NHS data

“There’s little doubt that new technologies will play a part in delivering care in future, and the results from this study confirm that most people support the use of anonymised patient data for medical research purposes,” said Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association.

Facebook Faces a Big Penalty, but Regulators Are Split Over How Big

Facebook Faces a Big Penalty, but Regulators Are Split Over How Big

Along with disagreement about the appropriate financial penalty, one of the most contentious undercurrents throughout the negotiations has been the degree to which Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, should be held personally liable for any violation of a 2011 agreement, according to two of the people.

Opinion | Tech Companies Say They Care

Opinion | Tech Companies Say They Care

The statement, which today reads like a quaint artifact of a simpler time, would become the company’s first privacy policy — a gently lawyered explanation of how the company collects and distributes its users’ data and information.

Teenagers' social media photos used to train eBay's AI without their knowledge

Teenagers' social media photos used to train eBay's AI without their knowledge

eBay is training its artificial intelligence using photos harvested from a social network popular among teenage girls for sharing photographs of their outfits without their knowledge or consent. The online marketplace uses pictures uploaded by unsuspecting users of Chictopia, a popular “style” sharing website headquartered in San Francisco.

On Hold for 45 Minutes? It Might Be Your Secret Customer Score

On Hold for 45 Minutes? It Might Be Your Secret Customer Score

Some of them put a value on shoppers based simply on what they spend, while others use hundreds of data inputs, adding and deducting points for demographic information such as ZIP Codes or behavioral details such as the number of returns they make or when they shop.

How Google Protected Andy Rubin, the ‘Father of Android’

How Google Protected Andy Rubin, the ‘Father of Android’

Instead, the company handed him a $90 million exit package, paid in installments of about $2 million a month for four years, said two people with knowledge of the terms.

Apple's Tim Cook takes aim at Google and Facebook over 'weaponised data'

Apple's Tim Cook takes aim at Google and Facebook over 'weaponised data'

Apple's Tim Cook has warned that mass data collection from tech companies is "surveillance" as data is "weaponised against us with military efficiency". The Apple chief executive added that companies that harvest data can gather "stockpiles of personal data only serve to enrich the companies that collect them".

Apple launches tool that allows users to control data collected

Apple launches tool that allows users to control data collected

Apple Inc on Wednesday rolled out an online tool to users in the United States and several other countries to download, change or delete all the data that the iPhone maker has collected on them.

Donald Trump: White House drafts order to investigate Google, Facebook business practices

Donald Trump: White House drafts order to investigate Google, Facebook business practices

If signed, the order would represent a significant escalation of Trump’s antipathy toward Google, Facebook, and other social media companies, whom he has publicly accused of silencing conservative voices and news sources online.“Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices," Trump said on Twitter in August.