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  • Antitrust plans for Google (#1)
  • Passwords in Malaysia (#13)
  • 2 years since Cambridge Analytica (#11)
  • Thomas le Bonniec (#21)


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WSJ ($)

WASHINGTON—Both the Justice Department and a group of state attorneys general are likely to file antitrust lawsuits against Alphabet Inc.’s Google—and are well into planning for litigation, according to people familiar with the matter.


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The cloud of antitrust action in the US has been looming for a while, though this past week saw a major move. Here is the WSJ exclusive from late last Friday on plans by the feds and states.

Tech Republic

As bills languish in Congress that would force marketers to be more transparent about data value, the startup Streamlytics wants to fill the gap by getting users a cut.


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The Register

Promises of transparency about handling of citizens’ health data haven’t been fulfilled – campaigners


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CNBC

Evervault CEO Shane Curran says Stamos’ background meant he knew the importance of getting privacy right.


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Financial Times ($)

For stock market investors, this week has brought a return to business as usual when it comes to Big Tech. The combined market value of the leading tech companies hit a new all-time record on Wednesday, finally rising back above the level it reached three months ago, before the coronavirus crisis dented confidence on Wall Street.


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Hyperproof

The economy is not good these days. It’s likely to remain in that state for many months, at least. That poses a serious threat to compliance officers trying to preserve the resources you need to run compliance programs, in the face of CFOs either holding down expenditures or cutting budgets outright.


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Mashable

Only in a matter of days, the ratings of ByteDance-owned TikTok have plummeted drastically. While a part of this drop is said to be because of CarryMinati’s followers who were enraged because of YouTube removing the viral “YouTube vs TikTok: The End” video that had broken several records; TikTok’s lacklustre content moderation is probably another reason why the popular video-sharing platform has been caught in a storm.


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Coda Story

When the British government announced last month that it would trial its new coronavirus app on the Isle of Wight, the small island off the south coast of England where I live, there were immediate concerns about our privacy and data protection.


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The Drum

What will replace the third party cookie? And how will it affect publishers?


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Electronic Frontier Foundation

EFF opposes a California bill, A.B. 2004, that would authorize the issuers of COVID-19 test results to do so with digital verifiable credentials. This bill would take us a step towards national digital identification, create information security risks, exacerbate social inequities in access to smartphones and COVID-19 tests, endorse one solution to an evolving technological problem, and fail to limit who may view credentials of test results. The bill also would not effectively advance its stated goal of addressing the COVID-19 outbreak.


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CPO Magazine

Partnering with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Facebook recently ran a survey to help public health officials and researchers predict the spread of COVID-19 and published the results a few weeks ago, helping CMU generate deeply informative and interactive maps that show the disease’s spread. The world’s largest social network polled users across the U.S. about whether they were experiencing symptoms associated with the novel coronavirus in the name of the public good, which sounds wonderful prima facie but speaks to serious privacy concerns for Mark Zuckerberg’s empire.


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Reuters

DUBLIN – Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), Apple’s main regulator in the European Union, on Thursday said it was in contact with the company after a whistleblower called for action over a programme that listens to users’ recordings.


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Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, May 17 — Veteran radio personality Patrick Teoh’s recent arrest over an alleged Facebook insult against the Johor royalty has cast the spotlight on police’s powers to demand for passwords and go through the suspect’s electronic gadgets for information.


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A case against a media personality in Malaysia has sparked questions about just what the government’s relationship to its citizens’ data is. Here the Malay Mail digs into all the issues with a big batch of interviews.

AFP

PARIS, France – France, which has long been sceptical of the growing power of US tech titans, is seeking to bypass Apple and Google for a smartphone app to help trace people infected with the novel coronavirus


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Crikey

If multinational tech platforms paid more tax on the revenues they made in Australia, would they be in a better moral position to resist government attempts to force them to pay a ‘license fee’ to news media?


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NextGov

The Federal Trade Commission is seeking comment on a decade-old rule that has never been enforced.


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The Wire

The combined reach of both entities in terms of access to consumer data, is envisaged to be far beyond not just domestic startups but other larger foreign players as well.


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Daily Signal

Facebook recently announced the first 20 members of its new oversight board. The role of the board is to guide Facebook through decisions on what controversial content should be allowed to stay up or be deleted.


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The Margins (Substack)

If capitalism is driven by a search for profit, the food delivery business confuses the hell out of me. Every platform loses money. Restaurants feel like they’re getting screwed. Delivery drivers are poster children for gig economy problems. Customers get annoyed about delivery fees.


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Reuters

EU regulators are seeking feedback from users and digital service providers before drafting rules that could rein in Google, Facebook, Amazon, Uber and other tech companies, an EU document seen by Reuters showed.


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Thomas le Bonniec

I listened to hundreds of recordings every day, from various Apple devices (e.g. iPhones, Apple Watches, or iPads). These recordings were often taken outside of any activation of Siri, e.g. in the context of an


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One of the other big bombshells this week was Thomas Le Bonniec going public with concerns over the data collection practices of Apple. A couple articles in the newsletter touch on it, though here is his letter to data regulators and the world.

Financial Times ($)

Article 196 of Brazil’s constitution is unambiguous: “Health is a right of all and a duty of the state and shall be guaranteed.” The constitutions of Venezuela, Mexico and Peru make similar promises, yet the reality is quite different in the world’s most unequal continent.


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GCN

IT modernization has long been a topic of discussion in the federal government, and the fast and efficient response to new telework requirements is proof those efforts have paid off. Many agencies have been laying the groundwork for widespread remote work capabilities for years — adopting cloud solutions, implementing scalable commercial platforms, rolling out collaboration tools and streamlining data sharing.


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Real Clear Politics

These facts of life should be kept in mind in assessing the controversy ignited by a recent Atlantic article, “Internet Speech Will Never Go Back to Normal.” According to a response to their critics published by the authors — my friend Jack Goldsmith, a professor at Harvard Law School, and Andrew Keane Woods, a professor at the University of Arizona College of Law — “Neither of us has ever written anything that has been as misinterpreted as this piece.”


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EU Observer

China’s content clampdowns have driven internet users to underground digital spaces that are much harder to keep tabs on.


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