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Data privacy vs. national security: Moving the conversation forward

2019-08-14T19:00:00+01:00By

Data privacy compliance and national security seem to be in opposition—with one coming at the expense of the other. It’s time to instead focus the conversation on identifying opportunities for the private sector and government to collaborate.

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Facebook loses appeal, faces costly privacy class action

2019-08-12T16:34:00+01:00By

The ruling of a federal appeals court has Facebook once again at risk of facing fines north of $1 billion for alleged misuse of users’ biometric data.

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Facebook, Libra questioned by global data leaders

2019-08-06T18:03:00+01:00By

Data privacy leaders from the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, and Canada are among a group to come together and voice their concerns over Facebook’s planned venture into the cryptocurrency space with Libra.

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Facebook concedes Libra currency might never launch

2019-07-31T20:26:00+01:00By

Facebook recently acknowledged in a filing with the SEC that there can be no assurance its planned Libra offering “will be made available in a timely manner, or at all.”

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AG Barr rides Facebook woes to tout antitrust review of Big Tech

2019-07-25T18:57:00+01:00By

As tech companies grow to dominance, do they pose a competitive hardship to rivals left in their wake? The Justice Department wants to know.

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Webcast: Broker-Dealers on Social Media: Understanding the Risks

2019-07-25T14:56:00+01:00Provided by

Regulations put broker-dealers squarely in the spotlight of various risks and responsibilities. FINRA and the SEC govern marketing communications and advertising practices when communicating with the public. Additionally, the cybersecurity threat landscape is evolving and is one of the primary operational risk’s firms face today.

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Facebook settlement was barely worth waiting for

2019-07-24T21:01:00+01:00By

The compliance aspects of what will be expected of Facebook going forward were fair enough, but a lack of personal liability has us questioning the settlement.

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The Facebook Effect: ‘Price of privacy violations just went up’

2019-07-24T20:16:00+01:00By

The FTC hit Facebook with a ground-breaking $5 billion penalty for privacy violations, but the bigger takeaway for CCOs is the unprecedented new privacy and corporate governance obligations the company must implement.

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Facebook to pay $100M for misleading disclosures

2019-07-24T19:46:00+01:00By

In addition to its record-breaking FTC fine, Facebook on Wednesday reached a $100 million settlement with the SEC for making misleading disclosures regarding the risk of misuse of its user data.

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Congress, Treasury take swings at Facebook’s Libra plan

2019-07-16T20:51:00+01:00By

A plan by Facebook to enter the world of virtual currency is attracting predictable skepticism in Washington. It could also expedite the slow emergence of national data protection laws.

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FTC looks worryingly timid in staying silent on Facebook

2019-07-15T19:19:00+01:00By

The FTC, by dragging its feet and keeping silent on a massive Facebook fine, raises concerns about its potential role as top cop on the data privacy beat.

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After another arrogant move, Facebook needs to be put in check

2019-07-11T21:17:00+01:00By

The social media company is hardly quiet about its crypto initiative, but nevertheless failed to see the materiality of creating a global payments system.

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Fed Chair urges caution with Facebook virtual currency venture

2019-07-11T20:53:00+01:00By

Count Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and several members of Congress as concerned observers of Facebook’s planned foray into the world of virtual currency.

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U.K.'s CMA mulls new regulator to tackle Big Tech

2019-07-09T14:46:00+01:00By

The CMA, U.K.’s competition watchdog, explores whether a separate regulator is needed to oversee leading digital firms that have become “data monopolies” that stifle competition.

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Despite critics, Facebook plunges into virtual currency

2019-06-19T17:37:00+01:00By

Amid growing antitrust scrutiny and data privacy complaints, Facebook is nevertheless expanding into the cryptocurrency space.

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White paper: Social media communications: Reward—and risk

2019-06-11T19:30:00+01:00Provided by

Social communication is no longer optional—even for businesses. Clients expect to engage with businesses on social media, and the most successful firms are delivering on that expectation. But as your digital presence grows, so does your exposure to risk.

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Privacy groups launch GDPR complaints

2019-06-06T16:00:00+01:00By

European privacy rights groups have launched a campaign to stop social media platforms and internet search engines from “spying” on users through online advertising by filing GDPR complaints with nine EU data regulators.

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FTC cracks down on Ukrainian dating apps

2019-05-07T19:22:00+01:00By

The FTC has removed dating apps from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Google Play Store following allegations they allowed children as young as 12 to access them.

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New compromise in SEC, Elon Musk battle

2019-05-06T15:35:00+01:00By

A new proposal to combat Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s bad behavior has some at the SEC shaking their heads after Musk breached last year’s SEC agreement.

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EU data supervisor warns online providers about Ts & Cs

2019-05-02T19:06:00+01:00By

The European Data Protection Supervisor is warning social media and tech companies that their consumer terms and conditions may soon come under increased scrutiny if they fail to comply with the agency’s rules.

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Facebook appoints new general counsel

2019-04-23T19:03:00+01:00By

Facebook has appointed both a new general counsel and a vice president of communications as the social media giant faces mounting regulatory and public scrutiny—mostly around its privacy practices.

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U.K. gets tough on social media firms

2019-04-09T20:04:00+01:00By

Social media companies should beware new U.K. rules that say they’ll be subject to a new statutory duty of care making them responsiblie for their users’ safety.

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg supports U.S. version of GDPR

2019-04-01T19:05:00+01:00By

On his own company blog, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg voiced his support for implementing a U.S. version of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.

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HUD charges Facebook with facilitating housing discrimination

2019-03-29T17:13:00+00:00By

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is charging Facebook with violating the Fair Housing Act by “encouraging, enabling, and causing housing discrimination through the company’s advertising platform.”

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Avenatti arrest fallout: don’t confuse whistleblowing with extortion

2019-03-25T21:56:00+00:00By

A high-profile arrest of Michael Avenatti for an extortion scheme against Nike raises difficult questions of corporate responsibility regarding whistleblower initiatives.

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Facebook settles housing discrimination suit, ends ad ‘exclusions’

2019-03-21T16:03:00+00:00By

Facebook will pay $5 million and implement a series of anti-discrimination policies to settle a lawsuit brought against it by national fair-housing advocates.

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SEC’s Twitter war with Elon Musk escalates with contempt claims

2019-03-19T19:41:00+00:00By

The SEC made its final pitch to a federal court that Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk should be held in contempt of a previous order and settlement over what it says is unrepentant tweeting.

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Facebook: Can a data privacy dog really learn new tricks?

2019-03-07T20:40:00+00:00By

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, wrote a long, detailed blog post on Wednesday to announce new data security and privacy initiatives. Has he seen the light, or is this yet another false promise from the social media giant?