Privacy

Platform News: Signal private messaging app

WhatsApp co-founder Acton named Signal’s interim CEO

Messaging app Signal’s founder and CEO Moxie Marlinspike will step down and WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton will become the interim CEO, Marlinspike said in a blog post.

Facial Recognition software

South Korea to test AI-powered facial recognition to track COVID-19 cases

South Korea will soon roll out a pilot project to use artificial intelligence, facial recognition and thousands of CCTV cameras to track the movement of people infected with the co...

Platform News: Google

Google makes pledges on browser cookies to appease UK regulator

Google has pledged more restrictions on its use of data from its Chrome browser to address concerns raised by Britain’s competition regulator about its plan to ban third-part...

Platform Industry: Amazon corporate logo on a wall

A look at the intimate details Amazon knows about us

As a Virginia lawmaker, Ibraheem Samirah has studied internet privacy issues and debated how to regulate tech firms’ collection of personal data. Still, he was stunned to learn the...

Platform News: Social Media businesses

Social media users could disable algorithms in new US proposal

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the US House of Representatives has introduced a bill that would require internet platforms like Facebook and Google to allow users to see conten...

Facebook is Meta

Facebook plans to remove sensitive ad targeting options

Facebook has said it plans to remove detailed ad targeting options that refer to “sensitive” topics, such as ads based on interactions with content around race, health,...

Apple App Store

Apple’s software boss warns against draft EU policy on App Store

Apple software leader Craig Federighi took the stage at the Web Summit in Lisbon to voice the iPhone maker’s objections to EU draft guidelines that could allow customers to i...

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram

Whistleblower: governments must check Facebook really does scrap face recognition

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen welcomed Facebook’s announcement that it would scrap facial recognition, but urged close government oversight of the move to ensure the ...

Platform Industry: Amazon corporate logo on a wall

Amazon seen triumphing over Apple privacy changes in digital ad business

Amazon.com is expected to emerge as a winner in the digital advertising arena, surviving Apple’s privacy changes better than rivals Facebook and Snap.

Platform Industry: TikTok app and Facebook

TikTok tells US lawmakers it does not give information to China’s government

An executive at TikTok faced tough questions during the video-sharing app’s first appearance at a US congressional hearing, saying it does not give information to the Chinese...

Platform News: Social Media businesses

Australia plans to force parental consent for minors on social media

Australia plans to make social media companies obtain parental consent for users under the age of 16 and threaten fines of up to A$10 million ($7.5 million) for internet platforms ...

Platform News: Facebook usage

Australian regulator ‘concerned’ about Facebook’s approach to media law

The Australian regulator behind a law forcing large internet platforms to negotiate licencing deals with media outlets has said he was “concerned” about Facebook’...

FTC: Federal Trade Commission

FTC Chair: Internet providers collect ‘staggering’ amounts of data

Internet service providers collect a “staggering” amount of detailed data on consumers, Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan said in discussing an agency staff repo...

Platform News: Snap Inc

Snap shares plunge 25% as Apple privacy changes hit ads business

Shares of Snap Inc plummeted 25% after the owner of photo messaging app Snapchat said privacy changes implemented by Apple Inc on iOS devices hurt the company’s ability to ta...

Platform News: Social media titan, Facebook

Facebook will try to ‘nudge’ teens away from harmful content

Facebook’s Nick Clegg has said the company would introduce new measures on its apps to prompt teens away from harmful content, as US lawmakers scrutinize how Facebook and sub...

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