PRG News Roundup, Oct. 23, 2020

The University of Miami has recently come under scrutiny for its alleged use of facial recognition technology to target students participating in protests. The University has denied that it utilizes such technology, although it admitted to the use of video surveillance. (WSJ)

The Trump reelection campaign has been videotaping voters dropping off ballots at drop boxes in Pennsylvania. The state’s Attorney General has released a statement strongly admonishing the campaign for this behavior. (NY Times)

Freedom House, a government-funded NGO, has published a report on the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting global internet freedom. (link)

Senators Markey and Hawley recently introduced legislation aimed at updating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which includes provisions that would extend some of the protections to minors older than 13 years old. (Press Release)

A petition to legislate protection for minors online has reached the Indian Supreme Court, which reached out to the Central government for a response. (Hindustan Times)

The Irish Data Protection Commission is investigating Instagram (and parent company Facebook) for issues relating to the protection of information about minors. (Forbes)

China’s top legislative body has released a first draft of a Personal Information Protection Law. (Lexology)

China has also passed a new export control law which would allow it to take retaliatory steps in response to changes in export controls in other countries which would harm Chinese interests or national security. (Bloomberg)

Scholars at Stanford University’s Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Institute published a working paper proposing a model to regulate and tax Big Tech companies. (Policy Brief)

(compiled by JSD Fellow Stav Zeitouni)