The Noyb-European Center for Digital Rights has filed a corruption complaint against the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) for procedural blackmail in relation to its case against Facebook (now Meta) for violating the General Data Protection Regulation’s (GDPR) consent requirements. Noyb filed the complaint on Tuesday in the Austrian Office for the Prosecution of Corruption [...]

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A coalition of US state attorneys general Thursday announced a coordinated bipartisan investigation into Meta Platforms Inc. (previously known as Facebook) for providing and promoting its subsidiary Instagram to children and young adults despite physical and mental health risks associated with the social media platform’s usage. The group comes from a broad range of states [...]

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South African newspaper The Continent reported Saturday that Facebook internal documents reveal that the company knew that its platform was being used to proliferate hate speech in Ethiopia and did not take steps to protect its users living “outside the English-speaking Western world.” The Continent is the first African publication to obtain access to thousands of [...]

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US Senators Democrat Amy Klobuchar and Republican Tom Cotton introduced Friday the Platform Competition and Opportunity Act to rein in anti-competitive acquisitions by big tech companies, adding to a series of bills this year aiming to regulate various aspects of the sector. The proposed bill makes it illegal for a “covered platform operator” to acquire [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Friday that a federal jury has convicted Chinese national Yanjun Xu of conspiring and attempting to commit economic espionage and theft of trade secrets. Xu works for the Ministry of State Security in China and is the first Chinese intelligence officer to be extradited to the US for [...]

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Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DDPA), found on Friday that the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration violated core principles of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) for several years through processing personal data in a fraud management system. The Fraud Signaling Facility (FSV) was used to store taxpayers’ personal details. The FSV served [...]

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The Government of India’s Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeITY) sought clarification Friday from Facebook India’s Managing Director Ajit Mohan on the algorithms used by the company to moderate hate speech and fake news on its social media platforms. The move comes just a few weeks after whistle-blower Frances Haugen testified before the US Senate accusing [...]

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The Delhi High Court issued a notice Thursday asking the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), and State Bank of India (SBI) to respond to a petition seeking revocation of the prohibition on using the Unified Payment Interface (UPI) System for cryptocurrency transactions in the country. The petition is [...]

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The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday ordered an independent expert committee to investigate the widespread allegations around the use of Pegasus spyware to carry out surveillance on politicians, judges, journalists and activists in the country. The Pegasus spyware scandal was first unveiled in July by media companies who obtained access to a list of [...]

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The Government of India Friday filed an affidavit before the Delhi High Court averring that foreign commercial entities such as WhatsApp cannot challenge the constitutionality of Indian laws by invoking fundamental rights under the Indian Constitution. The affidavit was filed as part of the government’s response to WhatsApp’s lawsuit against the new Information Technology Rules [...]

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