Most requests for cookie consent don’t comply with EU rules, new research suggests

Most consent requests for digital cookies to track users’ web activity do not comply with Europe’s data collection regulations, according to new research, detailed in a report from TechCrunch.   The findings echo another study published in August, which also suggested that consent notices routinely fail to offer the meaningful choice required by EU law—which states that […]

Russia has tested a controlled, domestic alternative to the global internet

Russia has tested a controlled, domestic alternative to the global internet

Russia’s Ministry of Communications says it has successfully tested a domestic alternative to the global internet, according to BBC News.  While providing few details, the ministry said that Russian internet users did not notice any changes during a test run in which the domestic internet replaced global access.  President Vladimir Putin framed the move as a […]

US official warns China could steal state secrets and “intimate” data on UK citizens if Huawei is involved in 5G networks

US official warns China could steal state secrets and “intimate” data on UK citizens if Huawei is involved in 5G networks

Huawei’s involvement in 5G mobile networks poses a risk for the UK’s citizens and intelligence agencies, US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien has warned, according to Reuters.  Using the Chinese telecom firm’s equipment in 5G infrastructure could create backdoors allowing the theft of “wholesale state secrets” as well as “intimate” data on UK citizens, he told […]

Social media platforms should ‘open up’ algorithms to combat fake content, says Vĕra Jourová

European Commission Vice President Vĕra Jourová says tech companies need to work harder to eliminate fake accounts and the spread of disinformation online, following a report Friday from a NATO research group showing that fake content is still thriving on most platforms, according to Politico.  The report from the Latvia-based Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence showed […]

Twitter says the UK’s Conservative Party altered its account to pose as an independent fact-checker

Twitter says that the Conservative Party altered an official account to give the impression of an impartial fact-checking service, in an attempt to mislead the public ahead of the UK’s general elections, according to The Guardian.  During a debate Tuesday night between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, the party changed the name of its campaign headquarters press office […]

With its political ad ban, Twitter will also limit microtargeting for ‘issue’ ads

Twitter says it will place limits on microtargeting for issue-based ads, as part of its wider ban on political advertising, according to The Telegraph. The move could put additional pressure on Facebook to make similar changes. The debate over political ads on digital platforms has heated up in recent months, driven in part by Facebook’s decision to […]

EU competition chief says she won’t yet call for breaking up tech giants

European competition chief Margrethe Vestager has said that despite problems with large technology companies, she’s not yet ready to take the step of breaking them up, according to VentureBeat and Business Insider.  During an interview at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal on Thursday, Vestager said: “From a competition point of view, you would have to do something […]

Facebook and Google may limit micro-targeting for political ads

Facebook and Google are considering plans to limit micro-targeting for political advertisements, according to The Guardian, following widespread criticism over ad policies and their effect on the democratic process.  Micro-targeting allows advertisers to precisely target small segments of users, tailoring ads for each one. In political advertising, critics are concerned that politicians can use micro-targeting to promote […]

Google is set to acquire FitBit for $2.1 billion

Google is planning to purchase the wearable fitness tracker company FitBit for $2.1 billion, according to BBC News. With the acquisition, Google will now compete directly with Apple and other wearable technology companies, and will gain access to detailed health data from millions of FitBit users.  “With Google’s resources and global platform, Fitbit will be able […]

Facebook agrees to pay a £500k fine to the UK over the Cambridge Analytica data scandal

Facebook has agreed to pay a £500,000 fine to the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which nearly 90 million users had their personal data shared with the political consulting firm without their knowledge or consent. The social media company has now withdrawn its appeal after a year of litigation, agreeing […]