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June 16, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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Google fine in Spain prompts revisit of GDPR effect on tech

Compliance Week | June 15, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The fine is the fourth for Google under the European Union’s stringent privacy law and second highest in value following the €50 million penalty (then-U.S. $57 million) the company was hit with in France in 2019. Other countries to sanction the tech giant include Sweden and Belgium.

There has been consternation about the slow speed of the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC), Google’s lead supervisory authority, to close two ongoing cross-border complaints against the company regarding real-time bidding and the way it uses personal data to drive advertising, as well as its use of location data.

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Facebook and Anti-Abortion Clinics Are Collecting Highly Sensitive Info on Would-Be Patients

Reveal News | June 15, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook

Facebook is collecting ultra-sensitive personal data about abortion seekers and enabling anti-abortion organizations to use that data as a tool to target and influence people online, in violation of its own policies and promises.

In the wake of a leaked Supreme Court opinion signaling the likely end of nationwide abortion protections, privacy experts are sounding alarms about all the ways people’s data trails could be used against them if some states criminalize abortion.

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Over half of Indian users consume news on social media

Mint | June 15, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, Twitter

A significant number of Indian audiences use social media apps such as YouTube (53%) and WhatsApp (51%) for accessing news, according to findings from a survey by Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. India is a strongly mobile-focused market, with 72% accessing news through smartphones and only 35% via computers. News aggregator platforms and apps such as Google News (53%), Daily Hunt (25%), InShorts (19%), and NewsPoint (17%) have become an important way to access news and are valued for convenience. Further, the digital market saw an overall growth of 29% in 2021, with advertising and subscription revenues growing at 29% each.

Other than YouTube and WhatsApp, Facebook (43%), Instagram (32%), Twitter (22%) and Telegram (21%) are important social media apps for news. Overall, 60% of consumers share news via social media, messaging or email.

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Faces of Hate: Violence against Pride Month/LGBTQ+ people escalating

Los Angeles Blade | June 15, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Pride 2022 has become a litany of violent threats against the LGBTQ+ community. A Drag Queen Story Hour is disrupted by alt-right nationalist white males menacing the event with homophobic and transphobic epithets in Alameda, County on the sixth anniversary of the massacre that took 49 lives in a mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando during a LGBTQ Latin Night event.

The next day a state senator is threatened via email, that is deemed credible enough, to dispatch police with dogs trained to seek out explosive devices to his home and legislative offices.

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Does TikTok pose data espionage concerns for the US? The answer is complicated

Tech Xplore | June 15, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media, TikTok

While Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok has had a meteoric rise in popularity since it was released in 2016, the app's growth has posed privacy concerns when it comes to the collection of users' information, highlighting what a recent New York Times op-ed labeled a data espionage problem.

The fear surrounding so-called data espionage is that social media apps collect users' data in vast quantities, which can be used by adversarial governments for harmful purposes. TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, and some cybersecurity experts warn that the authoritarian country, which already monitors its own citizens through different emerging technologies, could use the platform to gather and exploit consumers' information.

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Senate holdouts pose a hurdle to Congress’s surging privacy push

Washington Post | June 15, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Don’t look now, but Congress is dangerously close to striking a deal on a federal privacy law. It could fulfill years of pledges by lawmakers to rein in alleged data abuses by Silicon Valley.

Lawmakers touted their progress in those long-stalled efforts at a House hearing Tuesday, where officials, industry leaders and advocates discussed a major new draft bill, the bipartisan and bicameral American Data Privacy and Protection Act.

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America edges closer to a federal data privacy law, not that anyone can agree on it

The Register | June 15, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

American lawmakers held a hearing on Tuesday to discuss a proposed federal information privacy bill that many want yet few believe will be approved in its current form.

The hearing, dubbed "Protecting America's Consumers: Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Data Privacy and Security," was overseen by the House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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Germany's competition regulator probes Apple's tracking feature

IT Wire | June 15, 2022

Company Listed: Apple

App Tracking Transparency (ATT), a major privacy feature Apple launched last year, which requires third-party apps to request permission from iOS users to track their digital activity for advertisements, will be examined by the Bundeskartellamt, Germany's Federal Cartel Office or regulatory body.

According to TechCrunch, Apple is facing a probe for its framework as it is alleged that Apple could be breaching competition rules by self-preferencing or creating unfair barriers for other companies.

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Lawmakers Want Social Media Companies to Stop Getting Kids Hooked

The Register | June 15, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

TikTok every morning when she wakes up and every night before she goes to bed. The 16-year-old from Tucson, Arizona, says she has a complicated relationship with the social media app. Most of what flashes across her screen makes her smile, like funny videos that poke fun at the weirdness of puberty. She truly enjoys the app—until she has trouble putting it down. “There are millions of videos that pop up,” she says, describing the ForYou page, the endless stream of content that acts as TikTok's home screen. “That makes it really hard to get off. I say I’m going to stop, but I don’t.”

Scrutiny of kids, particularly teens, and screens has intensified over the past months. Last fall, former Facebook product manager turned whistleblower Frances Haugen told a US Senate subcommittee that the company’s own research showed that some teens reported negative, addiction-like experiences on its photo-sharing service, Instagram. The damage was most pronounced among teenage girls. “We need to protect the kids,” said Haugen in her testimony.

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Your Deleted TikTok Content Can Still Be Used Against You By The FBI

Forbes | June 15, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media, TikTok

The FBI said it used cell-tower data earlier this year to link seven bank robberies in five states to a phone number used by a suspect named Fernando Enriquez and possible associates. According to a search warrant discovered by Forbes, by cross checking the phone number and the name with other police databases, the agency used that information to retrieve email addresses and Google, Instagram and TikTok accounts belonging to Enriquez. That unearthed a photo on TikTok of Enriquez standing in front of a Chevrolet SUV that resembled the getaway vehicle, the FBI said. Photographs also showed tattoos that appeared to match those from bank surveillance footage, according to investigators. Later, the FBI sought to get more information direct from TikTok, including any deleted information on his account.