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July 06, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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TikTok ad policy is 'clear abuse' of EU law: activists

HT Tech | July 06, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

Rights activists on Tuesday accused social media giant TikTok of breaching EU laws by co-opting users into sharing their data for targeted advertising.

Tik Tok said it would change its policy next week to allow data to be gathered from over 18s in Europe whether or not they had consented, claiming the move was allowed under Europe's data protection law (GDPR).

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Europe passes sweeping antitrust laws targeting America's Big Tech

The Register | July 06, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

After nearly two years of legal wrangling, the European Parliament on Tuesday passed the Digital Markets Act and the Digital Services Act, teeing up a showdown between the continent and US tech giants.

With the two sets of laws approved, the measures move to the European Council for passage. If green-lit, as is expected over the next few months, the DMA and DSA will go to EU nations to implement and put into action. We note that neither act will be enforceable until January 1, 2024 at the earliest.

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The best way to end social media abuse is for people to stop abusing players

I News | July 06, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Even after all this time, it still affects Karen Carney. Even the thought of it still aggravates old wounds not quite healed.

During our interview, the former Arsenal and Chelsea winger – one of England’s greatest and most-capped players – has already given a thought-provoking response to what, if anything, can be done to shield England’s footballers against the online abuse, mostly sexism and misogyny when it comes to women’s football. A prospect the players are preparing for when Euro 2022 begins on Wednesday.

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How can Irish sport deal with the toxic side of social media?

RTE | July 06, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Sports organizations perform an invaluable function in Irish society. They promote positive physical and mental health and help young persons develop important life skills and attitudes, the benefits of which extend far beyond the field of play. For the greater part, these organizations depend on unpaid volunteers and amateur athletes who freely give of their time because of loyalty to their local clubs and communities, enthusiasm for sport, interest in youth development, the desire to give something back and social enjoyment.

But this spirit of volunteerism is coming under threat from the dark side of social media, which the secretary of the Connacht GAA Council, John Prenty, called "a major cancer" that is causing tremendous distress to sportspersons and their families. Similar sentiments were expressed by Kieran Leddy from the Munster GAA Council in January 2021, who said "while social media has its positive points, the unfettered ability of people, often acting behind pseudonyms, to direct sustained and vile abuse at individuals and organizations, is undoubtedly a major downside".

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New Connecticut law takes its place in the U.S. data privacy framework

Reuters | July 05, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The State of Connecticut enacted the Personal Data Privacy and Online Monitoring Act (the "CTDPA") which includes a broad array of privacy regulations that will go into effect on July 1, 2023. (S.B. 6, Gen. Assemb., Reg. Sess. (Conn. 2022)). Connecticut joins four other states -- California, Virginia, Colorado and Utah -- that have enacted privacy laws over the last few years.

While the CTDPA contains many similarities to the existing four U.S. state privacy statutes, it also possesses its own unique differences, thus adding to the growing patchwork of state privacy laws that has been forming absent a federal rule.

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Twitter challenges India order to take down tweets

BBC | July 05, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter

The social media giant has filed a petition with the high court in Karnataka state resisting "several" such orders, sources told the BBC.

Twitter was reacting to a letter from the government in June warning of "serious consequences" of non-compliance of such orders.

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More powers to tackle child sexual abuse tabled in Online Safety Bill amendment

Finance Yahoo | July 06, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Social media companies could be compelled to roll out or introduce new technologies to help detect child sexual abuse and exploitation content, through proposals being put forward by the Government in an amendment to the Online Safety Bill.

The amendment would give greater powers to telecoms regulator Ofcom to demand tech companies show they are making reasonable efforts to find and tackle harmful content on their platforms, including developing and introducing new technology which can help find harmful content as well as stop it spreading.

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Priti Patel to stop tech giants ‘intentionally blinding’ themselves to child abuse

Telegraph | July 06, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Priti Patel is to introduce a new law to prevent Facebook and other social media firms from “intentionally blinding” themselves to “abhorrent” child abuse through encryption.

In an exclusive article for The Telegraph, the Home Secretary said that tech giants would not be allowed to use end-to-end encryption for messages and sharing content as an excuse for failing to protect children from abuse.

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Meta Launches New Legal Proceedings against Data Scraping, Helping to Establish Precedent Around Misuse

Social Media Today | July 05, 2022

Company Listed: Meta