PRG News Roundup, October 20, 2021

The Guarini Center will host a colloquium on the global data economy.  They will seek legal solutions to deal with data as a new type of asset in order to foster innovation and growth and to reduce obstacles for all stakeholders in the data economy. In a session of the colloquium, Michael Veale will discuss the EU proposal, the AI Act.  (link)

A UK court has fined a man for violating the Data Protection Act 2018 and the UK General Data Protection Regulation for using their Amazon Ring cameras to surveil their neighbor, including capturing distant conversations of the neighbor. (link)

Mark Zuckerberg has been added to a consumer protection lawsuit brought by the attorney general for the District of Columbia.  Based on ongoing investigations, Attorney General Karl Racine claims that Zuckerberg played a much more active role than previously thought.  The District can claim up to $5,000 for any of the District’s 3,000 residents who may have ben affected by the Cambridge Analytica breach, meaning that this suit may be one of the first of many in which Zuckerberg may be personally liable for substantial damages. (link)

Facebook intends to change the company’s name to focus on the ‘metaverse’, the future virtual conceptions of the internet. However, this rebranding also comes as Facebook faces intense scrutiny in the US after the whistleblower Frances Haugen revealed the company’s business practices involving manipulation of its platform and users for profit. (link)

A traffic camera in the United Kingdom fined a British motorist for driving in a bus lane despite the motorist living and commuting a 100 miles from the camera’s location in Bath. The camera had confused a shirt reading “KNITTER” for the motorist’s license plate “KN19TER” and registered a violation to the motorist’s vehicle. (link)

(Prepared by Student Fellow Maxwell Votey)