SAN FRANCISCO - The state of Washington said on Monday it had sued Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google for allegedly violating state campaign finance law by failing to maintain information about who buys election ads. The state's attorney general, Bob Ferguson, who posted copies of the lawsuits on his website, said he was seeking penalties against the companies and an injunction for failing to disclose ad spending in state elections since 2013. Facebook said it looked forward to resolving the lawsuit quickly after it recently introduced tools for people to see who is buying political ads on its social network. A representative for Google could not immediately be reached for comment. Like Facebook, Google has pledged to create an online archive of ads that run on its service. Facebook and Google have faced criticism from lawmakers, users and advocates for campaign finance regulation for their role in selling political ads after Russians allegedly used fake names to buy ads to sway … [Read more...] about Washington state sues Facebook, Google over election ad disclosure
By Tony Romm | Washington Post PUBLISHED: May 25, 2018 at 9:35 am | UPDATED: May 25, 2018 at 9:36 am By Quentin Ariès, Tony Romm and James McAuley | The Washington Post BRUSSELS – As Europe’s sweeping data protection law went into effect Friday, tech giants like Amazon, Facebook and Google found themselves under new legal siege from privacy groups who allege that the companies are mishandling consumers’ personal data. The early maneuvering reflects the extent to which privacy advocates say they plan to leverage the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, to force Silicon Valley to collect less data and be more transparent about how tech firms monetize it. GDPR is meant to give the European Union more teeth in enforcing individual privacy protection. Based on the notion of “privacy by default,” the law requires companies such as Facebook and Google to ensure that they collect and store personal data safely and securely. … [Read more...] about Facebook, Google already facing complaints over new Europe data law
By Brittany De Lea Published May 15, 2018 Business Leaders FOXBusiness Facebook Twitter Comments Print video Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JP Morgan could change health care system Fox News medical A-team Dr. Marc Siegel on Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan’s push to partner on employee health care and the government regulations on the health care system. E-commerce giant Amazon was chosen by consumers as the most trustworthy technology company, a new study shows. Continue Reading Below From a group including Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft, data management firm Alpha found that the highest number of respondents, 29%, said Amazon was “extremely trustworthy.” Microsoft came in second, with 22% of consumers saying the company was extremely trustworthy. When the consumers were required to pick just one among the five tech companies that they found the most trustworthy, 36% of people picked Amazon. In the wake of … [Read more...] about Amazon, Facebook, Google: Which is the most-trusted?
The Internet Movie DatabaseIt’s not as exciting as a Bond movie. This direct access, the initial reports implied, allow the government to follow the communications of any of the companies’ hundreds of millions of users in real time, with no legal oversight. One of the stories quoted a career intelligence officer as saying that this surveillance program was so powerful that, “They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type,” The impression these stories created was that Google, Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, and other companies had voluntarily opened their servers to government spies and allowed the intelligence agencies to do whatever they wanted. Importantly, every company in the stories immediately denied that they had given the government “direct access” to their servers. The companies confirmed, as they have many times in the past, that they provide specific information to government investigators in response to specific … [Read more...] about Finally, We Get Some Answers About How The US Government Gets Data From Facebook, Google, Etc.
Camila Russo, Bloomberg 12:06 pm, Monday, March 26, 2018 Photo: Richard Drew, STF Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, file photo, the Twitter logo appears on a phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, file photo, the Twitter logo appears on a phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photo: Richard Drew, STF Twitter joins Facebook, Google in banning crypto coin sale ads 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Twitter Inc. is joining Facebook and Google in banning advertisements for initial coin offerings and token sales on its social-media platform. “Advertisement of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and token sales will be prohibited globally,” a Twitter spokesperson said in an emailed statement … [Read more...] about Twitter joins Facebook, Google in banning crypto coin sale ads