FTC Sues to Block Meta’s Acquisition of Virtual Reality Fitness Company: The suit alleges that Meta’s purchase of the company that makes the popular app Supernatural would lessen competition in the fitness app market. According to the Commission, because Meta already owns a similar app, the purchase would eliminate any “beneficial rivalry” between the two products and would be a step toward Meta achieving sole ownership over the Metaverse.
Activists Probe ICE’s Use of Data Brokers to Target Undocumented Immigrants: In public hearings in Cook County, Illinois, immigration activists described how U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement relies on data brokers including LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters to obtain criminal justice data that could potentially be used to target immigrants. The activists urged lawmakers to investigate the practice, which they argued bypasses state and local sanctuary laws.
|Information Security and Cyberthreats|
Uber Admits to Hiding 2016 Data Breach from the FTC: As part of a non-prosecution agreement between the company and the Department of Justice, Uber formally admitted that it failed to disclose to the Commission a 2016 breach that affected 57 million of the platform’s users, even though the Commission was investigating Uber’s security practices at the time. Uber ultimately publicized the breach in 2017 and settled breach-related litigation for $148,000.
Chip Bill Passes Senate, House: The bill, which is designed to subsidize and support domestic chip manufacturing to the tune of $52 billion, was approved by both bodies of Congress and now heads to President Biden for signature. While the bill had bipartisan support, it has been criticized as a handout to manufacturers.
|Freedom of Expression and Censorship|
Meta May Relax Covid-19 Misinformation Policies: In light of higher vaccination rates combined with its own efforts to promote accurate information about Covid-19, Meta has asked its Oversight Board to weigh in on a proposed policy change that would revert to labeling or down-ranking false Covid-19 information instead of outright removing it.
NIST Releases Draft Cybersecurity Guidance for HIPAA Security Rule: The standards organization’s most recent revision of its guidance is meant to be “more actionable so that healthcare organizations can improve their cybersecurity posture and comply with the security rule.”
|On the Lighter Side|
I’ll Hear What She’s Hearing: A new feature by Spotify will let you listen to automatically-generated playlists of songs that your friends have been listening to.
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