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Daily Dashboard | Rep. fears privacy is 'shield' for big tech anti-competitive activity Related reading: Notes from the IAPP, Dec. 13, 2019

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The Washington Post reports U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., has stated he is "increasingly concerned" big tech companies are potentially using privacy to mask anti-competitive acts. Cicilline specifically pointed to Apple touting its privacy updates to its mobile operating system while still employing location-tracking functions. "There is a growing risk that without a strong privacy law in the United States, platforms will exploit their role as de facto private regulators by placing a thumb on the scale in their own favor," Cicilline said. Meanwhile, Apple had a class-action suit over the sale of iTunes user data dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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