Jourová: EU planning regulations against 'dirty methods' in political ads

(Nov 8, 2019) In an interview with CNBC, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová said EU lawmakers are considering new rules for political ads shown on big tech platforms. Jourová indicated the rules will focus on transparency, saying they will aim to show "who is behind the campaigning, who pays (for) it, what are the interests." Jourová added lawmakers should aim to avoid creating "some kind of Orwell's world" by forcing widespread censorship across platforms.Full Story... Read More

EC releases report on big tech's content moderation efforts

(Oct 29, 2019) The European Commission has filed a report featuring mixed reviews regarding how big tech companies are approaching content moderation and complying with a voluntary "code of conduct," the Financial Times reports. The report showed big tech graded well with the commission on removing fake accounts, enforcing ad placement rules and monitoring disinformation. However, the commission reported general incident reporting, noting disclosures are "episodic and arbitrary." The code of conduct is expecte... Read More

Thailand calls for restaurants, cafes to follow data retention law

(Oct 24, 2019) The Daily Swig reports Thailand will require restaurants and cafes to follow data retention provisions in the country's cybersecurity legislation that was adopted in March. The restaurants and cafes that have Wi-Fi will be required to store user data for 90 days and make it available to the country's "fake news center," which will weed out inappropriate information online starting in November. Businesses that violate the mandate could potentially face a fine of up to 500,000 baht.Full Story... Read More

CJEU rules countries can order online platforms to remove content

(Oct 3, 2019) The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled individual countries can force online platforms to take down and restrict access to certain content, The New York Times reports. The case stemmed from an Austrian politician who wanted the tech company to remove disparaging comments about her that were posted on an individual's page. “This judgment raises critical questions around freedom of expression and the role that internet companies should play in monitoring, interpreting and removing speech... Read More

Op-ed: The spread of child abuse imagery online is changing the encryption debate

(Oct 1, 2019) In a column for The Verge, Silicon Valley Editor Casey Newton writes that the spread of child abuse images online is changing the debate about encryption. "Thanks to Facebook's efforts in particular, law enforcement detects millions of cases in which terrible images are being shared around the world," Newton writes. He adds the spread of the images is an internet problem because they "stem from the existence of a free and open network connecting all of humanity together," whereas platform proble... Read More

Facebook plans creation of board to review company's content decisions

(Sep 18, 2019) Facebook announced its plans to create an Oversight Board made up of individuals who will review the tech company’s decisions to take down content or leave it on the site, The Washington Post reports. About 40 people will be on the board as they offer a final ruling for users who seek answers on Facebook’s moderation choices. Facebook released a charter that outlines who will be on the board and the review process itself. “We are responsible for enforcing our policies every day and we make milli... Read More

Hong Kong seeks end to 'doxing' on messaging platforms

(Sep 12, 2019) The Global Times reports Hong Kong is still dealing with issues of "doxing" and hate speech on its messaging platforms. Claims of doxing surged in August, but Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies member Tang Fei said there is no legal basis to shut down social networks, such as Telegram and LIHKG. The platforms are self-regulated and responsible for keeping users' personal information secure. "The existing laws can play a major role in supervising the networks and managing online g... Read More

FTC heralds $170M settlement as COPPA enforcement 'game changer'

(Sep 4, 2019) The U.S.Federal Trade Commission is heralding its settlement with Google and its subsidiary YouTube as a historic moment and a "game changer" for enforcement under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. In the largest COPPA settlement ever obtained by the FTC, "Google will pay a record $170 million to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission and the New York Attorney General that YouTube illegally collected personal information from children without their parents’ consent," the ... Read More

FTC touts historic YouTube settlement as 'game changer' for COPPA enforcement

(Sep 4, 2019) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is heralding its settlement with Google and its subsidiary YouTube as a historic moment and a "game changer" for enforcement under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.  "Google will pay a record $170 million to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission and the New York Attorney General that YouTube illegally collected personal information from children without their parents’ consent," the FTC said in its news release Wednesday.  It's the larg... Read More

US Senate grapples with how to regulate AI

(Jun 25, 2019) At a hearing at the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation June 25, lawmakers aimed to determine what kind of government intervention, if any, is necessary for artificial intelligence given that companies are competing for "optimal engagement" from internet users, something that is often achieved through user manipulation and without their knowledge.  "While there must be a healthy dose of personal responsibility when users participate in seemingly free online services, ... Read More