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PRG News Roundup, October 13, 2021

October 14, 2021 11:26 am Justin Lee 0
The Brazilian National Data Protection Authority (ANPD) and the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) – the administrative authorities responsible for data protection in Brazil and Spain, respectively – signed a Memorandum of Intellectual Cooperation for the protection of personal data, both at a national and transnational level.…
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PRG News Roundup, October 6, 2021

October 7, 2021 12:03 am Justin Lee 0
Russia is seeking a fine from Facebook totaling 5-10% of its annual turnover in the country. In 2020 Russia passed legislation that allows regulators to fine internet providers if they repeatedly fail to delete content when requested. While Russia said Facebook had complied with demands to delete some of the requested content, it announced it would seek the fine because Facebook had not taken down all of the content it had requested.…
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PRG News Roundup, September 29, 2021

September 30, 2021 1:00 pm Justin Lee 0
The “Facebook Files,” a series of articles about internal Facebook research reports that were revealed recently to the Wall Street Journal, has provided a window into Facebook’s understanding of many of the flaws on its platform. Notable revelations include that Facebook is aware of Instagram use being harmful to a “sizable percentage” of teenage girls (a finding which led Facebook to delay the introduction of Instagram for Kids), that tweaks to the News Feed algorithm made in 2018 resulted in more engagement but also led to more hate speech and increased anger, and that Mark Zuckerberg’s personally directed efforts to curb vaccination misinformation on the platform were largely a failure.…
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PRG News Roundup, September 22, 2021

September 25, 2021 5:00 pm Justin Lee 0
Upcoming Events Guarini Colloquium: Regulating Global Digital Corporations – Monday September 27, 2021, 17:20 – 18:20 In this NYU Law School colloquium, participants will read and discuss a recent paper by Elettra Bietti on digital platform regulation. (link) News Items  China passed the Personal Information Privacy Law (PIPL) at the end of August 2021.…
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PRG News Roundup, September 15, 2021

September 18, 2021 1:00 pm Justin Lee 0
President Biden nominated Alvaro Bedoya for a seat on the Federal Trade Commission.  Bedoya, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, is a well-known privacy advocate.  He has a research background in privacy lapses on online platforms, the consequences of facial recognition technology, and oversight on electronic and biometric tracking.…
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PRG News Roundup, March 12, 2021

March 16, 2021 12:56 pm Tom McBrien 0
The Israeli government attempted to transfer information to local authorities that would enable them to track the identity of people who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine. These health data transfers from the Health Ministry to local governments were approved by the Knesset last month, but last Tuesday, the High Court of Justice ruled them unconstitutional.…
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PRG News Roundup, Feb. 26, 2021

March 16, 2021 12:49 pm Tom McBrien 0
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen dropped a Trump Administration proposal to reform global digital tax rules to include a “safe harbor” provision that would have allowed tech companies to opt out of a global tax regime. Even if a global deal is not reached, there may be a European-wide one.…
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PRG News Roundup Feb. 12, 2021

March 16, 2021 12:42 pm Tom McBrien 0
Clubhouse, the audio-based social networking app, has faced a host of privacy issues. Clubhouse is facing regulatory/legal issues in Germany, apparently linked to its collection of contact information and its GDPR compliance. Part of the issue seems to be linked to its creation of shadow profiles for people for who have not joined the app but whose personal information was contained in the contacts uploaded by others.…
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PRG News Roundup Jan 29, 2021

March 16, 2021 12:40 pm Tom McBrien 0
Global Privacy Control is a global internet browser opt out that sends a general signal for users wanting as little data collection and sharing as possible. The GPC standard will let users signal that they don’t want services to share their data with third-party data brokers, and will give users a way to protect their data after it’s been collected and ensure personal information doesn’t travel too far.…