The Register: It’s ‘near-impossible to escape persistent surveillance’ by American ISPs, says FTC

The Register: It’s ‘near-impossible to escape persistent surveillance’ by American ISPs, says FTC. “The US Federal Trade Commission on Thursday said many internet service providers are sharing data about their customers, in defiance of expectations, and are failing to give subscribers adequate choices about whether or how their data is shared. The trade watchdog’s findings arrived in the form of a report [PDF] undertaken in 2019 to examine the data and privacy practices of major US broadband providers, including AT&T Mobility, Charter Communications, Google Fiber, T-Mobile US, Verizon Wireless, and Comcast’s Xfinity.”

Government of Canada: Competition Bureau obtains court order to advance an investigation of Google

Government of Canada: Competition Bureau obtains court order to advance an investigation of Google. “The Bureau is investigating whether Google has engaged in certain practices that harm competition in the online display advertising industry in Canada. This industry is made up of various technology products that are used to display advertisements to users when they visit websites or use apps.”

The Register: Facebook fined £50m in UK for ‘conscious’ refusal to report info and ‘deliberate failure to comply’ during Giphy acquisition probe

The Register: Facebook fined £50m in UK for ‘conscious’ refusal to report info and ‘deliberate failure to comply’ during Giphy acquisition probe. “The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has smacked Facebook with a £50m ($68.7m) fine for ‘deliberately’ not giving it the full picture about its ongoing $400m acquisition of gif-slinger Giphy.”

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: CFPB Orders Tech Giants to Turn Over Information on their Payment System Plans

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: CFPB Orders Tech Giants to Turn Over Information on their Payment System Plans. “Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a series of orders to collect information on the business practices of large technology companies operating payments systems in the United States. The information will help the CFPB better understand how these firms use personal payments data and manage data access to users so the Bureau can ensure adequate consumer protection.”

New York Times: Why Public Health Faces a Crisis Across the U.S.

New York Times: Why Public Health Faces a Crisis Across the U.S.. “While the coronavirus has killed more than 700,000 in the United States in nearly two years, a more invisible casualty has been the nation’s public health system. Already underfunded and neglected even before the pandemic, public health has been further undermined in ways that could resound for decades to come. A New York Times review of hundreds of health departments in all 50 states indicates that local public health across the country is less equipped to confront a pandemic now than it was at the beginning of 2020.”

New York Times: Mark Zuckerberg will be added to a Facebook privacy lawsuit.

New York Times: Mark Zuckerberg will be added to a Facebook privacy lawsuit.. ” The attorney general for the District of Columbia plans to add Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, to a consumer protection lawsuit, in one of the first efforts by a regulator to expose him personally to potential financial and other penalties. The attorney general, Karl Racine, said on Tuesday that continuing interviews and reviews of internal documents for the case had revealed that Mr. Zuckerberg played a much more active role in key decisions than prosecutors had known.”

The Technopolar Moment: How Digital Powers Will Reshape the Global Order (Foreign Affairs)

Foreign Affairs: The Technopolar Moment: How Digital Powers Will Reshape the Global Order. “The aftermath of the January 6 riot serves as the latest proof that Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Twitter are no longer merely large companies; they have taken control of aspects of society, the economy, and national security that were long the exclusive preserve of the state. The same goes for Chinese technology companies, such as Alibaba, ByteDance, and Tencent. Nonstate actors are increasingly shaping geopolitics, with technology companies in the lead. And although Europe wants to play, its companies do not have the size or geopolitical influence to compete with their American and Chinese counterparts.”

AFP: Facebook to pay $14 mn in US worker discrimination suit

AFP: Facebook to pay $14 mn in US worker discrimination suit. “Facebook has agreed to pay up to $14 million to settle a US government lawsuit accusing the tech giant of favoring immigrant applicants for thousands of high-paying jobs, authorities announced Tuesday. US prosecutors alleged Facebook “channeled” jobs to visa holders by avoiding advertising on its careers website, accepting only physically mailed applications for some posts, or refusing to consider US workers at all.”

Reuters: Russia to go after Google this month with fine of up to 20% of annual turnover

Reuters: Russia to go after Google this month with fine of up to 20% of annual turnover. “Communications regulator Roskomnadzor said Google had failed to pay 32.5 million roubles ($458,100) in penalties levied so far this year and that it would now seek a fine of 5-20% of Google’s Russian turnover, which could reach as much as $240 million, a significant increase.”

Feds warn companies: Fake online reviews could lead to fines (Associated Press)

Associated Press: Feds warn companies: Fake online reviews could lead to fines. “Federal regulators say they are cracking down on ‘an explosion’ of businesses’ use of fake reviews and other misleading messages to promote their products and services on social media. The Federal Trade Commission said it has warned hundreds of major corporations and smaller businesses that they could face fines if they use bogus endorsements to deceive consumers.”

Reuters: Fourteen U.S. attorneys general press Facebook on vaccine disinformation

Reuters: Fourteen U.S. attorneys general press Facebook on vaccine disinformation. “The attorneys general of 14 U.S. states sent a letter to Facebook Inc FB.O Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg asking if the top disseminators of vaccine disinformation on the platform received special treatment from the company. The line of inquiry was generated after Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen used internal documents to disclose that the social media platform has built a system that exempts high-profile users from some or all of its rules.”

Washington AG: Facebook gave false info in campaign suit (Associated Press)

Associated Press: Washington AG: Facebook gave false info in campaign suit. “Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says a Facebook representative provided false testimony in a lawsuit that accuses the company of violating state campaign finance laws. The Seattle Times reports that in court filings the Democratic attorney general says both the social media giant and its attorneys knew the testimony was false.”

The Register: White House ransomware summit calls for virtual asset crackdown, without mentioning cryptocurrency

The Register: White House ransomware summit calls for virtual asset crackdown, without mentioning cryptocurrency. “The 30-nation gabfest convened under the auspices of the US National Security Council’s Counter-Ransomware Initiative has ended with agreement that increased regulation of virtual assets is required to curb the digital coins’ allure to criminals. A joint statement issued after the event’s conclusion opens with anodyne observations about the need for good infosec, international collaboration, and the benefits of private sector engagement.”