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June 28, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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Trump’s social network deal is under grand jury scrutiny

NY Times | June 27, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The public listing of former President Donald J. Trump’s social media company took a fresh blow on Monday when the cash-rich shell company merging with Mr. Trump’s company disclosed in a regulatory filing that a federal grand jury in New York recently issued subpoenas to the company and its directors.

The grand jury subpoenas were issued within the past week, according to the filing by Digital World Acquisition, a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, that announced a merger with Trump Media & Technology Group in October. After the merger, Trump Media would assume Digital World’s listing and trade as a public company.

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Anti-Abortion Centers Find Pregnant Teens Online, Then Save Their Data

Bloomberg | June 27, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

When Lisa suspected she was pregnant, she did what other teenagers might: She Googled her options to terminate. One of the first links that popped up in the search engine was a clinic in Volusia, Florida, where the 19-year-old lived. The offer of a free pregnancy test tempted Lisa into booking an appointment and she drove there with her boyfriend, parking across the street. It was a small town, and she did not want to be recognized.

The consultation room was filled with posters depicting fetuses with speech bubbles, as if they were asking to be born. Lisa sobbed as one of the women running the clinic confirmed she was pregnant; they had refused to let her take a test home. Lisa needed to return for an ultrasound in four weeks to be certain, and then they could discuss options. But until then, they told her, she absolutely should not go to an abortion clinic. “Maybe you’ll miscarry and then you won’t have any problems,” the woman suggested.

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'Watchdog moms' on TikTok are trying to keep minors safe

CNN Business | June 27, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok

Seara Adair, a mother of two young daughters from Atlanta, revealed in a TikTok video last year that she was sexually abused by a family member as a child. In the next few weeks, her follower count grew by tens of thousands, many of whom appeared to be minors.

After that, she started using the popular short-form video app to educate her followers about various digital dangers. She posted about the risks of being approached by strangers online and the problematic content found hidden in the deep corners of TikTok and other platforms.

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Australian firm pauses facial recognition trial over privacy concern

Reuters | June 28, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Australia's second-biggest appliances chain said on Tuesday it was pausing a trial of facial recognition technology in stores after a consumer group referred it to the privacy regulator for possible enforcement action.

Use of the technology by The Good Guys, owned by JB Hi-Fi Ltd (JBH.AX), was "unreasonably intrusive" and potentially in breach of privacy laws, the group, CHOICE, told the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).

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Instagram restricts some abortion resource posts and hashtags

NBC News | June 28, 2022

Company Listed: Instagram

Instagram has deleted some posts and limited at least two hashtags related to abortion services, according to some of the platform’s users and warnings that have been added to certain topics.

The platform also briefly suspended and then reinstated an account belonging to an abortion services location platform.

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T&S Policies & Regulations

Regulatory news and policy decisions impacting the T&S ecosystem.

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Here’s how companies are reacting to the Supreme Court decision on abortion

NY Times | June 27, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Even as more companies have become outspoken on social causes, the reaction by corporate America on Friday after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade was relatively muted.

In response to the court’s ruling, which ended federal abortion rights, several companies released statements reaffirming their commitment to helping employee’s access health care services they may not be able to obtain in their state.

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With clock ticking, battle over tech regulation intensifies

Washington Post | June 27, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The left-leaning advocacy group Fight for the Future watched as tech companies blanketed the airwaves with ads urging millions to tell their senators to block major antitrust bills winding their way through Congress. Trying to make the most of its significantly smaller budget for counter messaging, the advocacy group decided to target one person: Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer.

Over the weekend, the group drove billboard trucks with 12-foot-wide screens to Schumer’s homes in New York and Washington, blaring a video of comedian John Oliver urging Congress to pass the legislation.

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Abortion ruling could scramble data privacy talks

Washington Post | June 27, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn federal abortion rights is amplifying Democratic calls to protect reproductive health data and other sensitive information — a push that could muddle negotiations with Republicans as lawmakers look to strike a deal on a bipartisan privacy law.

Democratic officials have warned for weeks that the fall of Roe v. Wade could create fresh privacy risks for those who may become pregnant, whose information they say could be harvested and weaponized to punish people seeking abortions. Separately, a bipartisan group of lawmakers have made groundbreaking progress on efforts to pass federal privacy standards.

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T&S Good News

Some of the good news in the T&S industry that leaders want to know

Cerby Launches With World’s First Security Platform for Unmanageable Applications

Fintech Futures | June 27, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Cerby officially launched today with the world’s first security platform for unmanageable applications and an approach that enhances security practices by empowering both employees and security teams. The Cerby Zero Trust architecture takes on the challenges of unmanageable applications in the shadow IT universe—technologies that are selected and onboarded by business units outside the purview and visibility of the IT department, or don’t support industry standards like SAML for authentication and SCIM for user provisioning. The Cerby offering is very different from other options on the market because it moves security automation capabilities into the hands of business users—in effect, it balances empowerment and autonomy with security and productivity.

The company, which has been operating in stealth mode since 2020, already has early customers—including Fox, L’Oréal, MiSalud, Dentsu, Televisa, and Wizeline—where the technology is used to address common application liabilities efficiently while facilitating collaboration. It also announced today $12 million in seed funding from Ridge Ventures, Bowery Capital, Okta Ventures, Salesforce Ventures and others, bringing total funding to $15.5 million.

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