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As threats to the company mount, TikTok pushes back

As threats to the company mount, TikTok pushes back As TikTok’s existential rollercoaster ride continues to rattle on, the company is trying to sway regulators and the public with a flood of dollars and arguments wrapped in free enterprise and free speech to ensure that its parent company Bytedance can retain control […]

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Amazon won’t say if its facial recognition moratorium applies to the feds

Amazon won’t say if its facial recognition moratorium applies to the feds In a surprise blog post, Amazon said it will put the brakes on providing its facial recognition technology to police for one year. The moratorium comes two days after IBM said in a letter it was leaving the facial recognition […]

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DHS wants to expand airport face recognition scans to include US citizens

DHS wants to expand airport face recognition scans to include US citizens Homeland Security wants to expand facial recognition checks for travelers arriving and departing the U.S. to also include citizens, which had previously been exempt from the mandatory checks. In a filing, the department has proposed that all travelers, and not […]

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Facebook could face billions in potential damages as court rules facial recognition lawsuit can proceed

Facebook could face billions in potential damages as court rules facial recognition lawsuit can proceed Facebook is facing exposure to billions of dollars in potential damages as a federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Facebook’s arguments to halt a class action lawsuit claiming it illegally collected and stored the biometric data of […]

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Maine lawmakers pass bill to prevent ISPs from selling browsing data without consent

Maine lawmakers pass bill to prevent ISPs from selling browsing data without consent Good news! Maine lawmakers have passed a bill that will prevent internet providers from selling consumers’ private internet data to advertisers. The state’s senate unanimously passed the bill 35-0 on Thursday following an earlier vote by state representatives 96-45 […]

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EU-US Privacy Shield complaint to be heard by Europe’s top court in July

EU-US Privacy Shield complaint to be heard by Europe’s top court in July A legal challenge to the EU-US Privacy Shield, a mechanism used by thousands of companies to authorize data transfers from the European Union to the US, will be heard by Europe’s top court this summer. The General Court of […]

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Amazon shareholders reject facial recognition sale ban to governments

Amazon shareholders reject facial recognition sale ban to governments Amazon shareholders have rejected two proposals that would have requested the company not to sell its facial recognition technology to government customers. The breakdown of the votes is not immediately known. A filing with the vote tally is expected later this week. The […]

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Amazon faces greater shareholder pressure to limit sale of facial recognition tech to the government

Amazon faces greater shareholder pressure to limit sale of facial recognition tech to the government This week could mark a significant setback for Amazon’s facial recognition business if privacy and civil liberties advocates — and some shareholders — get their way. Months earlier, shareholders tabled a resolution to limit the sale of […]

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ACLU asks court to release a secret order forcing Facebook to wiretap Messenger

ACLU asks court to release a secret order forcing Facebook to wiretap Messenger Earlier this year, the U.S. government tried to force Facebook to secretly recode its Messenger app to allow the feds to listen into an encrypted, real-time voice call on suspected members associated with the notorious MS-13 gang. It was […]

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Despite objection, Congress passes bill that lets U.S. authorities shoot down private drones

Despite objection, Congress passes bill that lets U.S. authorities shoot down private drones U.S. authorities will soon have the authority to shoot down private drones if they are considered a threat — a move decried by civil liberties and rights groups. The Senate passed the FAA Reauthorization Act on Wednesday, months after […]

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