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So far in July 2021...

Here's What's in the Six Antitrust Bills That Could Finally Break Up Big Tech

A quick breakdown on the 6 Anti-Trust Bills that will attempt to make #BigTech a little less "big." Including a bill that offers people using platforms like Facebook and YouTube more transparency and control over where their personal data ends up.
Here’s What’s in the Six Antitrust Bills That Could Finally Break Up Big Tech
The bipartisan package passed muster with the House Judiciary Committee this week. Here’s what you need to know.

Now is the Time. Tell Congress to Ban Federal Use of Face Recognition

Would you like to see facial recognition get banned at a federal level? Now is the time to tell Congress.
Now is the Time. Tell Congress to Ban Federal Use of Face Recognition
At the local, state, and federal level, people across the country are urging politicians to ban the government’s use of face surveillance because it is inherently invasive and dangerous. Many U.S. cities have done so, including San Francisco and Boston. Now is our chance to end the federal governmen…

What If Regulating Facebook Fails?

"If the US Congress—and the parliaments of Canada, Australia, and India—would take citizens’ data rights more seriously than they do content regulation, there might be some hope."
What If Regulating Facebook Fails?
It seems increasingly likely that antitrust and content moderation tools aren’t up to the task. Here’s what we do next.

Why safe harbor is the best way forward for data protection.

Rather than putting the focus on punishing companies that suffer data breaches, it turns out it's for more effective to incentivize companies to invest in cybersecurity to keep our data safe.
Why safe harbor is the best way forward for data protection | TechBeacon
Here’s why incentivizing is the best approach to getting results with data privacy efforts.

AI’s Role In The Future Of Data Privacy

Using AI could mean a future where you never have to entire your personal info on a company website ever again.
AI’s Role In The Future Of Data Privacy
In tandem with the rise of online resources is the reality of breaches, fraud, and even identity theft.

Outgoing Privacy Commissioner Calls GDPR “Broken,” Says That Basic Model “Can’t Work”

We have a chance to learn from the mistakes outlined here in GDPR. We need clear laws, clear consequences, and a body to enforce them. The Data Dividend Project is fighting to make it happen.
Outgoing Privacy Commissioner Calls GDPR “Broken,” Says That Basic Model “Can’t Work” - CPO Magazine
News, insights and resources for data protection, privacy and cyber security leaders

Lets Make Google a Public Good

Let’s not forget that a large part of the technology and necessary data was created by all of us.

AI’s Role In The Future Of Data Privacy

If human error accounts for 52% of the root causes of security breaches - is it time for AI to take over?
AI’s Role In The Future Of Data Privacy
In tandem with the rise of online resources is the reality of breaches, fraud, and even identity theft.

Think Before You Click to Protect Student Data, Privacy Expert Tells Educators

Alexa in classrooms: "Was it listening all the time? Was it recording student voices? Was it recording pieces of student educational records? Was it tracking student class schedules and locations?"
ISTELive 21: Think Before You Click to Protect Student Data, Privacy Expert Tells Educators
Teachers could be transmitting student data unknowingly by using voice assistants, biometric scanning, social media and even AR/VR in their classrooms.

British Airways settles 2018 data breach class action

"Previously, lawyers said the lawsuit was the largest group action over a data breach in British legal history, with 16,000 claimants when filed in April last year."
British Airways settles 2018 data breach class action
British Airways has settled one of the U.K.’s largest group actions after thousands of people sought compensation following a 2018 data breach that resulted in the airline being fined under the GDPR.

Colorado is the third state to pass a consumer-data privacy bill. Now what?

“That’s one of the reasons we still opposed the bill...You already use your global opt out (but to then) have someone be able to ask you to collect your data? That just shows (opt-in) is possible and that should be the standard.”
Colorado is the third state to pass a consumer-data privacy bill. Now what?
Yes, you can ask a company to delete your personal data. No, it doesn’t apply to all personal data. Yes, companies must figure it out by July 2023.

Hong Kong leader dismisses Big Tech privacy law fears

"City authorities have unveiled plans to pass a new law targeting "doxxing" -- the act of publishing someone's private details online so they can be harassed by others."
Hong Kong leader dismisses Big Tech privacy law fears
Hong Kong’s leader on Tuesday brushed off a warning by major tech companies including Google, Facebook and Twitter that they may quit the financial hub if...

Be wary when Big Tech says it’s defending your privacy

"...don’t be fooled. Apple, Google, and Facebook are picking their privacy battles carefully. These companies aren’t changing how they use or collect our data, only how others do."
Be wary when Big Tech says it’s defending your privacy
Often, the real goal is to squash the competition.

Facebook Users Said No to Tracking. Now Advertisers are Panicking

“I don’t think anyone truly understands how many businesses in the world are 100% dependent on Facebook,”
Facebook Users Said No to Tracking. Now Advertisers are Panicking
People give iOS apps permission to track their behavior just 25% of the time

Everyday IT Tools Can Offer ‘God Mode’ for Hackers

"If an attacker has that, it's game over."
The Everyday IT Tools That Can Offer ‘God Mode’ to Hackers
Attackers are increasingly attuned to the power and potential of remote management software.

Will China-like data privacy laws force big tech out of HK and into Southeast Asia?

#BigTech companies are giving HK government some ultimatums around the new anti-doxxing laws being adopted.

‘Don’t lie’: FTC Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter on why today’s data privacy approaches don’t work

Sounds like the FTC is ready to get aggressive with protecting our #datarights.
Hackers Are Exploiting Discord and Slack Links to Serve Up Malware
Over the course of the pandemic, cybercriminals have turned Discord and Slack into powerful avenues for delivering malware to unwitting victims.
Hackers Are Exploiting Discord and Slack Links to Serve Up Malware
Beware of links from platforms that got big during quarantine.

BREAKING: Austrian Supreme Court asks CJEU if Facebook "undermines" the GDPR by confusing 'consent' with an alleged 'contract'.

If so, they would not only have to stop processing data, but also pay damages to millions...
BREAKING: Austrian OGH asks CJEU if Facebook “undermines” GDPR since 2018
The Austrian Supreme Court referred fundamental questions about Facebook’s GDPR compliance to European Court of Justice and issued a partial judgment on damages and access to data.

No, Facebook and Google Are Not Public Utilities

Wired clearly disagrees with the New York Times on their stance.  Do you think Google should get treated like your local telephone company?

No, Facebook and Google Are Not Public Utilities
It’s time to retire one of the most half-baked ideas for regulating Big Tech.

DuckDuckGo launches new Email Protection service to remove trackers

"The company’s new Email Protection feature gives users a free “ @duck.com” email address, which will forward emails to your regular inbox after analyzing their contents for trackers and stripping any away."
DuckDuckGo launches new Email Protection service to remove trackers
DuckDuckGo’s Email Protection will delete trackers from emails before forwarding the messages to your inbox, striking a blow against tracking cookies embedded in email newsletters.

Facebook's VR ads test loses first game after backlash

Facebook’s VR ads test loses first game after backlash
Plans to test ads inside Facebook Oculus games hit a speed bump after first test game quits.

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