EU Lawmakers to Call Facebook Whistleblower to Testify Before Parliament

The European Union may invite a whistleblower who recently revealed Facebook’s unethical practices to testify before the bloc’s parliament. Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee, testified against the social media giant before the U.S. Senate on Oct. 5 and is …

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Italy’s Questions Facebook over Privacy Compliance of New Smart Glasses

Italy’s data protection authority, Garante, asked social media giant Facebook to give clarity to the privacy guidelines of its newly launched smart glasses. The Facebook smart glasses, in collaboration with Ray-Ban’s EssilorLuxottica, was produced to allow wearers to take calls, …

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Russia Fines Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp for Breaking Data Storage Law

Russia’s Tagansky District Magistrates’ Court fined Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp on Thursday for refusing to process users’ private data exclusively within the country. In a statement released by the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications Roskomnadzor, the court ordered Facebook, …

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Apple Asked to Stop Plans to Read Messages and Inspect Images on Devices

More than 90 policy and rights groups around the world have published an open letter on Thursday urging Apple to drop plans to read messages and scan images on devices. “While these capabilities are intended to protect children and reduce …

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Russia Fines Google for Refusing to Store User Data Locally

Russia has fined Google for refusing to store Russian users’ data to local servers, in breach of its data storage laws, on Thursday.  The Tagansky district court in Moscow has fined the tech giant, 3 million rubles (around $41,000) for …

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WeChat Suspends New User Registration amid China’s Tightening Data Policing

Tencent’s popular social messaging app WeChat announced on Tuesday that it would suspend all new user registrations in Mainland China until early August. In a statement, WeChat, also known as Weixin in China, said that its suspension of new user …

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Indian Central Bank Orders Mastercard to Stop Issuing New Cards

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has ordered Mastercard to stop issuing prepaid, debit, or credit cards to domestic customers after authorities said that it failed to comply with the data storage rules of the country. In a statement, RBI …

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Mercedes-Benz USA Accidentally Exposes Personal Information of Nearly 1,000 Customers

Mercedes-Benz USA announced on Thursday that the sensitive personal information of at least 1,000 customers and potential buyers was unintentionally made accessible on a cloud storage platform. In a statement, the Georgia-based passenger car distributor announced the issue as part …

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Google and Amazon Smart Home Businesses Questioned in Senate Antitrust Hearing

Giant tech firms Google and Amazon defended their smart home devices in the first-ever Senate hearing on connected home technologies, on Tuesday. “In home technology, we see some of the most powerful firms that dominate tech today poised to dominate …

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Irish Police to Be Given Authority over Device Passwords and Internet Accounts

New legislation in Ireland has given the nation’s police the authority to demand passwords for electronic devices for serving search warrants. The amendments are part of the Garda Sochána Bill, which was issued on Monday by Heather Humphreys, Ireland’s justice …

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