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July 28, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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TechScape: What should social media giants do to protect children?

The Guardian | July 28, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

This week, the technical leads of GCHQ and the National Cyber Security Centre made a powerful intervention into an incredibly controversial debate: what should social media companies do to protect children on their platforms?

But that wasn’t how the intervention was taken by all parties. Others heard something rather different: tired arguments against end-to-end encryption, dressed up in new clothes but disguising the same attack on privacy rights with the same excuse that’s always wheeled out by law enforcement.

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Social Media User Information For Sale On The Dark Web

Forbes | July 27, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

In January, cybersecurity researchers at HackerOne warned of a vulnerability with Twitter that could allow an attacker to acquire the phone number and/or email address associated with user accounts – even if the user had hidden those fields in the platform's privacy setting. Twitter had responded with a patch, but this month it was reported that the database is now being sold on Breach Forums, a popular hacking forum on the nefarious Dark Web.

According to HackerOne, the database allegedly consisted of 5.4 million users, and included the datasets for celebrities, politicians and businesses. The owner of Breach Forums reportedly verified the authenticity of the leaked data.

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Infostealer malware targets Facebook business accounts to capture sensitive data

TechRepublic | July 28, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook Meta

Social media is one area that cybercriminals love to exploit to attack their victims. And as one of the most popular social networks, Facebook is often in the crosshairs of malware campaigns. A new attack analyzed by cybersecurity provider WithSecure Intelligence targets Facebook business users with the intent of stealing their sensitive data and taking over their accounts.

Using Facebook’s Meta Business Suite, organizations can designate specific employees to communicate with customers, discuss their products and services and create ads to run on Facebook. In the malicious campaign dubbed Ducktail, cybercriminals look for companies that use Facebook’s Business/Ads platform and then target people within the company who may have high-level access to the business accounts. Among the employees singled out in this campaign have been ones in management, digital marketing, digital media and human resources, according to WithSecure.

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Half of Australians will experience technology-facilitated abuse in their lifetimes

Yahoo News | July 28, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

We found technology-facilitated abuse was very common. One in two (51%) Australian adults reported having experienced at least one abusive behaviour in their lifetime.

Most common was monitoring or controlling behaviours (34%). Emotional abuse and threats of harm were also common (31%), as was harassment (27%). A quarter of respondents had experienced sexual and image-based abuse.

A majority of victim/survivors (62%) said the perpetrator was a man. One in three (37%) said the perpetrator was a current or former intimate partner.

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Senate panel advances bills to boost children’s safety online

Washington Post | July 28, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Senators took their first step toward increasing protections for children and teens online on Wednesday, advancing a pair of bipartisan bills that would expand federal safeguards for their personal information and activities on digital platforms.

The push gained momentum on Capitol Hill last year after Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen disclosed internal research suggesting that the company’s products at times exacerbated mental health issues for some teens. The revelations spawned a series of hearings in the Senate and bolstered calls for Congress to take action.

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Federal Trade Commission sues to block Meta’s acquisition of VR company

The Washington Post | July 28, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday sued to block Facebook parent company Meta from buying the maker of popular virtual reality games, setting up a regulatory roadblock for the company’s ambitions to remake itself as the creator of a new digital world called the “metaverse.”

The deal would give Meta control of Within, which created the popular VR workout game “Supernatural.” The lawsuit is emblematic of FTC Chair Lina Khan’s strategy to address deals in the fast-changing tech sector, following mounting criticism from Khan and allies that regulators have not been aggressive in limiting tech companies from building power by buying up their smaller rivals.

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Google Expands Deadline for Phasing Out Tracking Cookies to 2024

SocialMediaToday | July 28, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

With social media platforms still reeling from the impacts of Apple’s ATT user privacy update, Google too is also looking to implement its own, similar control options for Android, while it’s also looking to phase out third-party tracking cookies on the web, in line with evolving data privacy standards.

But that won’t happen for a while yet, with Google today announcing that it’s expanding the testing period for its Privacy Sandbox, and its alternative tracking tools, in order to give the industry more time to provide feedback and adjust to the coming shift.

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TikTok and Snapchat to follow online privacy protection measures

Brand Equality | July 28, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee voted Wednesday to approve a measure that would raise the age children are given special online privacy protections to 16 and bar targeted advertising to children by companies like TikTok and Snapchat without consent.

The bill, which was adopted by voice vote, will now go to the full Senate for consideration. There currently is no version of this bill in the House of Representatives.

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