California announces probe of Facebook privacy practices

The social network is under fire in the US state for giving third parties data access and not disclosing its practices. The attorney general of California – the most populous state in the United States – says he has been investigating Facebook privacy practices since 2018. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra offered few details about the probe and said he was disclosing it only because his office was making a public court filing to force Facebook to answer subpoenas, to which he said Facebook had thus far failed to respond…

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Democrats set Thursday vote on US House path to impeachment probe

Pelosi says the step is being taken to ‘to eliminate any doubt’ over the legitimacy of the Trump impeachment inquiry. Democrats in the United States House of Representatives set a Thursday vote to lay out next steps for their impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, even as officials past and present refuse to cooperate. Trump and his fellow Republicans have spent weeks branding the probe illegitimate because the full Democratic-led House had not authorised it. If the measure passes the House, Democrats are likely to argue that it neutralises those…

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Dozens of states aim at Google in bipartisan antitrust probe

Attorneys general declare joint investigation into whether the big tech firm is a monopoly with search or ad business. Fifty states and territories have announced a broad investigation into Google‘s “potential monopolistic behaviour”. The announcement on Monday by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton closely followed one from a separate group of states on Friday that disclosed an investigation into Facebook’s market dominance. The two probes widen the United States antitrust scrutiny of big tech companies beyond sweeping federal and congressional investigations and enforcement action by regulators in the European Union.…

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Siri, Alexa ‘eavesdroppers’ leave tech giants facing probe

Amazon, Apple and Google are to be investigated over human reviewers listening in on instructions given to AI ‘helpers’. Regulators and lawmakers in the U.S. and Europe are examining whether Google, Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. are violating privacy by employing human reviewers to listen to voice commands recorded by digital assistants. Apple and Google, which is currently being investigated by Hamburg’s data protection authority, have both suspended their programs; Amazon late Friday announced changes to its terms that let users opt out of human review of their recordings. Regulators from Ireland…

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