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Facebook needs independent ethical oversight: UK lawmakers

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LONDON (Reuters) – Facebook and other big tech companies should be subject to a compulsory code of ethics to tackle the spread of fake news, the abuse of users’ data and the bullying of smaller firms, British lawmakers said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: A woman looks at the Facebook logo on an iPad in this Read More

Facebook broke rules, should be regulated: UK lawmakers

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LONDON (Reuters) – Facebook intentionally breached data privacy and competition law and should, along with other big tech companies, be subject to a new regulator to protect democracy and citizens’ rights, British lawmakers said on Monday. In a damning report that singled out Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for what it said was a failure of Read More

Why UK report on ‘digital gangster’ Facebook is a thinly veiled call for censorship

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A new UK 108-page report on “disinformation and fake news” online strongly reprimands Facebook for its ongoing misuse of personal data — but also casually promotes unprecedented levels of political censorship on social media. The report, which is the culmination of an 18-month investigation by a UK parliamentary committee, lambastes Facebook over its failure to Read More

Alphabet unit seeks share of property taxes for Toronto smart city

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TORONTO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Sidewalk Labs unit is proposing it get a share of property taxes, development fees, and the rising value of Toronto city land as part of a deal to build a smart city, according to the company’s slide presentation made public on Friday. Waterfront buildings, part of a proposed redevelopment of Read More

Facebook tracks ex-employees it considers 'threats' – report

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In a move called “very Big Brother-esque” even for a company that has come to embody Big Brother, Facebook is tracking both users and ex-employees it considers “threats” to its staff via a “BOLO” threat list – and their phones. The social media giant “mines” its network for threatening comments, according to CNBC, which spoke Read More

Glenn Greenwald: Amazon one of the world's biggest threats to privacy

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After Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos went on the offensive against the National Enquirer and its parent company AMI, saying they threatened to release intimate photos of himself and his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, many in the media lauded the billionaire for his stance and his defense of privacy. Some critics of Amazon, however, found Read More

Indian lawmakers urged to summon global heads of Facebook, other tech giants

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MUMBAI (Reuters) – Indian activists have petitioned a parliamentary panel to summon the heads of U.S. tech firms including Facebook and Alphabet Inc’s Google and question them on issues ranging from tax compliance to data privacy. FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture Read More

Trump administration unveils order to prioritize and promote AI

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Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas”> FILE PHOTO – U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he walks on South Lawn of the White House before his departure for an annual physical test at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, in Washington, U.S., February 8, Read More

Apple warns app developers to stop snooping on users

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Apple just gave an ultimatum to app developers: Quit snooping on our customers or get kicked off the iPhone. In the latest push in Apple’s widening campaign for digital privacy, the tech giant is cracking down on apps that secretly use screen-recording code in order to track user activity on the iPhone and other Apple Read More