New EU Law Would Allow Authorities to Declare a State of Emergency on the Web: European Union officials agreed to add a “crisis mechanism” into the new Digital Services Act, which would grant authorities “significant influence” over how major tech platforms are run during wars and pandemics. While lawmakers have reached a political agreement about the inclusion of the crisis mechanism, its language and technical details have yet to be finalized.
Leaked Documents Indicate Facebook Has Little Control Over User Data: Privacy engineers wrote a report last year that warned that Facebook could have a hard time complying with privacy regulations around the world because it doesn’t have an “adequate level of control and explainability” over how its systems use the personal data of its estimated 1.9 billion users.
Google to Expand the Type of Personal Information it Will Remove from Search Results: The search engine updated its policy to allow individuals to request that it remove links from its search results that include information such as physical addresses, phone numbers, and passwords. Previously, removals were limited to information that might allow someone to steal your identity or money.
|Information Security and Cyberthreats|
Instagram Hacker Steals $2.5 Million of Board Ape Yacht Club NFTs: The hacker gained access into the brand’s Instagram account and posted a link that promised a free allotment of land in the metaverse. The link was ultimately a phishing scam, and anyone who clicked it and connected their crypto wallets had their Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs stolen.
|Freedom of Expression and Censorship|
Elon Musk Is Buying Twitter to Protect Free Speech: Musk defined “free speech” in a tweet, stating that he is against censorship that goes beyond the law. Some have pointed out that private companies have a First Amendment right to moderate speech and that Twitter is a global company, meaning that users around the world are subject to a variety of laws moderating speech.
Intuit Sued for Mailchimp Crypto Theft: The proposed class-action lawsuit, filed in the Northern District of California, claims that Intuit failed to implement measures to keep users’ data protected, and then failed to disclose in a timely manner a breach that resulted in a phishing attack that led to the left of Trezor cryptocurrency.
|On the Lighter Side|
The Batman Deepfake Replaces Robert Pattison with Adam West: Creators transformed Pattinson’s gritty portrayal of the superhero by using deepfake technology to turn him into Adam West’s Batman, complete with comic-book-inspired “WHAM” and “POW” graphics.
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