New York Times: Canada Joins the World in a Social Media Crackdown

New York Times: Canada Joins the World in a Social Media Crackdown. “Unlike the last American presidential election, or the current vote in Alberta, where I’m writing this week’s newsletter, there was no obvious cybermeddling when Canadians voted in 2015. This week, however, Canada’s digital security and spy agency reiterated its warning that the country won’t be immune from foreign online interference in the federal election this October.”

‘Pendulum has swung’ against digital giants: Google executive (Sydney Morning Herald)

Sydney Morning Herald: ‘Pendulum has swung’ against digital giants: Google executive. “A senior Google executive has thrown his support behind globally consistent privacy legislation as he acknowledged public opinion had soured after videos of the Christchurch terrorist attack overwhelmed the digital behemoths.”

New York Times: The Mounting Federal Investigations Into Facebook

New York Times: The Mounting Federal Investigations Into Facebook. “Facebook now faces investigations into its business practices from a variety of federal agencies. Officials have opened inquiries into possible civil and criminal violations of laws related to privacy, corporate governance and discrimination. Facebook has largely denied wrongdoing in each of the investigations and said it was cooperating with regulators and law enforcement. Here are the agencies looking into Facebook, and some of the issues involved.”

Ubergizmo: ISPs Told To Reveal Information They Collect On Users

Ubergizmo: ISPs Told To Reveal Information They Collect On Users. “The Federal Trade Commission has sent out an order to several big internet service providers in the United States, telling them to detail the data that they collect on their customers and the purpose for which it’s collected. This may signal new regulatory action from the FTC as the information may reveal patterns of abuse or otherwise concerning use of data against which states or the FTC may want to take action.”

The Mainichi: Japan ruling party grills Google in bid to tighten IT regulations

The Mainichi: Japan ruling party grills Google in bid to tighten IT regulations. “Japan’s ruling party questioned a Google LLC executive Wednesday over the company’s data protection and transaction practices as part of efforts to tighten regulation on it and similar information technology giants.”

Quartz: The EPA just revealed that staffers destroyed files under audit

Quartz: The EPA just revealed that staffers destroyed files under audit . “Employees at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) destroyed records they knew were being audited, a new memo posted to a government database reveals.”

FEES, FINES, AND PENALTIES: Better Reporting of Government-wide Data Would Increase Transparency and Facilitate Oversight (GAO)

GAO: FEES, FINES, AND PENALTIES:
Better Reporting of Government-wide Data Would Increase Transparency and Facilitate Oversight
. “Federal agencies collect hundreds of billions of dollars annually in fees, fines, and penalties, such as national park entry fees and penalties for violations of federal telemarketing law. Government-wide data could help Congress identify trends in collections and significant changes that could be an indication of an agency’s performance. Currently, there is no comprehensive, government-wide report that identifies specific fees, fines, and penalties. We made 4 recommendations to enhance the Office of Management and Budget’s current reporting on these collections, such as making more specific data publically available.”