Why Don’t We Just Ban Targeted Advertising?

Why Don’t We Just Ban Targeted Advertising?

Republican senator Orrin Hatch, then 84 years old, asked how Facebook could make any money by offering a free service.Above all, they’ve tried to browbeat the companies into adopting better policies around things like fact-checking, content moderation, and political ads.

AOC is sounding the alarm about the rise of facial recognition: ‚This is some real-life „Black Mirror“ stuff‘

AOC is sounding the alarm about the rise of facial recognition: ‚This is some real-life „Black Mirror“ stuff‘

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is raising concerns about the spread of facial recognition, arguing that the technology will quickly become dystopic without regulation.„This is some real life Black Mirror stuff that we’re seeing here,“ Ocasio-Cortez said during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on facial recognition technology.

US senators on encryption back doors: “We will impose our will” on Apple and Facebook

US senators on encryption back doors: “We will impose our will” on Apple and Facebook

“Because this time next year, if we haven’t found a way that you can live with, we will impose our will on you.” Apple and Facebook representatives at the hearing came under fire from senators in both parties, while Manhattan district attorney Cy Vance, one of the biggest advocates of back doors, was treated as a star witness.

'Get your act together': Tech companies face bipartisan congressional uproar over encryption

'Get your act together': Tech companies face bipartisan congressional uproar over encryption

Tech companies need to “get your act together, or we will gladly get your act together for you,” said Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), after noting the bipartisan frustration at the hearing.

Missouri Has Been Tracking the Menstrual Cycles of Planned Parenthood Patients, Top Health Official Admits

Missouri Has Been Tracking the Menstrual Cycles of Planned Parenthood Patients, Top Health Official Admits

Missouri’s top health official admitted that the state government has been tracking the menstrual cycles of Planned Parenthood patients as it weighs the fate of the state’s last remaining abortion clinic.

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.

This Is Exactly What Privacy Experts Said Would Happen

This Is Exactly What Privacy Experts Said Would Happen

The breach comes only two weeks after privacy scholars and activists testified for hours on the dangers of facial-recognition technology before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. During the hearing, some panelists called for a nationwide ban on the technology, citing privacy concerns and the risk of a widespread data breach.

Watchdog says FBI has access to about 640M photographs

Watchdog says FBI has access to about 640M photographs

It contains about 36 million photographs, according to Gretta Goodwin of the GAO.But taking into account the bureau contracts providing access to driver’s licenses in 21 states, and its use of photos and other databases, the FBI has access to about 640 million photographs, Goodwin told lawmakers at the House oversight committee hearing.

Ocasio-Cortez Ties Concerns Over Unregulated Facial Recognition Technology to 'Global Rise in Authoritarianism and Fascism'

Ocasio-Cortez Ties Concerns Over Unregulated Facial Recognition Technology to 'Global Rise in Authoritarianism and Fascism'

In an exchange circulated on social media, Ocasio-Cortez asked Buolamwini if the algorithms are mostly designed by white men, most effective at identifying white men, and have trouble correctly identifying people of color and people of different gender expressions—all of which the expert confirmed.

Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify to grand jury in WikiLeaks case

Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify to grand jury in WikiLeaks case

‘I spent seven years fighting to survive’: Chelsea Manning on whistleblowing and WikiLeaks Read more US district judge Claude Hilton held Manning in contempt of court and ordered her jailed on Friday after a brief hearing in Alexandria, Virginia, where Manning confirmed she has no intention of testifying.

At hearing on federal data-privacy law, debate flares over state rules

At hearing on federal data-privacy law, debate flares over state rules

The IAB, which represents companies including Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook and Twitter, said Congress shouldn't model a federal data-privacy law on the GDPR or on California's privacy law.

U.S. House panel reschedules Google CEO testimony for Dec. 11

U.S. House panel reschedules Google CEO testimony for Dec. 11

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai will testify before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 11, the panel said in a statement on Tuesday as Washington prepared for the state funeral of former President George H.W. Bush.

DOJ made secret arguments to break crypto, now ACLU wants to make them public

DOJ made secret arguments to break crypto, now ACLU wants to make them public

Earlier this year, a federal judge in Fresno, California, denied prosecutors' efforts to compel Facebook to help it wiretap Messenger voice calls.

A Consumer Privacy Hearing With No One Representing Consumers

A Consumer Privacy Hearing With No One Representing Consumers

We look forward to a confirmed hearing date with a diverse panel of witnesses from academia, advocacy, and state consumer protection authorities. Senator Schatz questioned whether companies were coming to Congress simply to block state privacy laws and raised the prospect of creating an actual federal privacy regulator with broad authority.

Privacy groups upset at not being invited to Thune hearing on data privacy

Privacy groups upset at not being invited to Thune hearing on data privacy

Faced with tougher regulations from the European Union and the state of California to protect consumer data, Google, Amazon and other industry groups now want the federal government to pass some regulations, Chester said.

The Game is Rigged: Congress Invites No Consumer Privacy Advocates to its Consumer Privacy Hearing

The Game is Rigged: Congress Invites No Consumer Privacy Advocates to its Consumer Privacy Hearing

It is no coincidence that, in the past week, two leading industry groups (the Chamber of Commerce and the Internet Association) have called for federal preemption of state data privacy laws in exchange for weaker federal protections.

Kavanaugh’s toxic net neutrality record went mostly unnoticed during hearings

Kavanaugh’s toxic net neutrality record went mostly unnoticed during hearings

Last month several Senate Democrats criticized Kavanaugh’s views on net neutrality, highlighting a dissent he wrote in a case that upheld the 2015 Open Internet Order, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule that enshrined the internet protections and was rescinded last year by the Republican-controlled agency.