PRG News Roundup, October 13, 2021

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. (link)

The Israeli Communications Ministry is assembling a team that will examine whether Facebook is legally responsible for its content, according to an N12 report. Based on the report, the team’s mandate will also includes assessing transparency requirements for contest takedown, and user blocking policies. (link)

Andy Parker, the father of journalist Alison Parker that was shot and killed in 2015, filed with Georgetown Law clinic a complaint to the F.T.C. against Facebook, for failing to take down violent videos of the killing from the platform. The complaint alleged that Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram unlawfully deceive consumers by allowing violent murder videos to spread and persist on its platforms, in clear violation of their Terms of Service. (link)

Former “Google Fiber” employee shares her experiences and claims that Google’s monopoly in the search and online ad business allowed it to compete against the big internet service providers. The piece later discusses the problems with monopolies in a more general way. (link)

The CIA appears to have invested $1.6 million in Wickr, an encrypted messaging app, recently purchased by Amazon. According to Vice, the investment highlights Wickr’s continuing position as an end-to-end encrypted messaging app for government agencies. (link)

(Prepared by Student Fellow Danya Amir)