Meta Settles Cambridge Analytica Suit: The company has agreed to settle for an undisclosed sum the case brought by users alleging that Facebook sold their personal information to third parties. The settlement comes just weeks before CEO Mark Zuckerberg and former COO Sheryl Sandberg were scheduled to be deposed.
FTC Sues Data Broker for Selling Sensitive Location Information: In its complaint against Kochava, the Commission alleges that the company’s selling of identifiable location data, including data that could identify people seeking abortions, amounts to an unfair business practice.
|Information Security and Cyberthreats|
Security Researchers Discover “High Severity” TikTok Vulnerability: Users of the Android version of the app may have been vulnerable to a now-patched exploit that would have given hackers access to all aspects of their accounts, including personal data and the ability to upload and modify content.
Biden Administration Restricts Sale of Sophisticated Computer Chips to China and Russia: As part of an effort toward supremacy in computing and AI, new rules require that manufacturers of graphics processing units, which are used in supercomputers that develop weapons and gather intelligence, obtain export licenses before selling certain types of chips in the two countries.
|Freedom of Expression and Censorship|
Truth Social Banned from Google Play: Former President Trump’s social media platform has been banned from the app store for violating its policies against content promoting threats or inciting violence. The ban makes it more challenging for Android users to download the app.
California Kids’ Online Privacy Law Advances: Both houses of the state’s legislature passed the California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act, which requires businesses to design products and services that enhance children’s’ privacy by, among other things, minimizing data collection, implementing enhanced privacy settings by default, and conducting data protection impact assessments. Critics of the law, which heads to Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk, worry that its age-verification requirements will upend internet use as we know it and will increase privacy risks.
|On the Lighter Side|
France Uses AI to Detect and Tax Undeclared Swimming Pools: A one-two punch of aerial photography and Google-powered image processing has helped the country discover and tax the hidden pools to generate 10 million euro.
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