SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Six Google employees on Thursday joined U.S. lawmakers to support bills that would ban mandatory arbitration in employment and consumer contracts, as the workers seek to build on recent success in getting the Alphabet Inc company to drop some arbitration provisions. FILE PHOTO: The Google logo is pictured at the entrance to the Google offices in London, Britain January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay Mandatory arbitration, which prevents people from taking disputes to court, has become a big target for workers’ rights activists in recent years. They have expressed concern that requiring private arbitration helps businesses facing harassment and discrimination allegations to avoid public scrutiny. “We cannot have an honest conversation about labor rights or restoring consumer protections until we pull back the curtain of forced arbitration, which denies employees and consumers of their ability to fully and publicly vindicate their … [Read more...] about Google workers support proposed U.S. laws to curb mandatory…
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Yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook published an op-ed in Time advocating for real and strict data privacy protections. In the essay, Cook specifically focused on the invisible parts of the data economy–brokers that buy and sell people’s digital information. These firms include Experian and Oracle. Acxiom, one of the largest of these brokers, was asked about Cook’s article. The company, in a statement to Business Insider, said it agreed with his sentiments. “Acxiom, like Mr. Cook, also supports a national privacy law for the U.S., such as GDPR provides for the European Union. Acxiom is actively participating in discussions with U.S. lawmakers as well as industry trade groups to help ensure U.S. consumers receive the kind of transparency, access, and control Acxiom has been providing voluntarily for years,” the company said. “We believe it would be universally beneficial if we were able to work with Apple and other industry leaders to define the … [Read more...] about One of the biggest data brokers said it supports a GDPR for the U.S.
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Jan. 2, 2019 / 8:17 PM GMT By Alyssa Newcomb After Netflix caved to a legal threat from authorities in Saudi Arabia and removed an episode of “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj” in that country, the streaming service is facing calls to start issuing transparency reports. Many of Netflix’s big tech peers, including Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter, release bi-annual reports that detail government requests they receive from each country where they operate. The reports don’t delve into specifics, but do shed light on the types of requests and how frequently each company complied. Netflix removed the episode after receiving a legal notice from the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission, which claimed the episode violated Article 6 of its anti-cyber crime law, which relates to impinging public order in … [Read more...] about Google, Twitter and Apple report requests to take down content. Why doesn’t Netflix?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Style Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Style | Are You There, User? It’s Me, Facebook! Supported by Social platforms want to run the world. But look how they treat your email. ByJohn Herrman Dec. 24, 2018 It was 8:03 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, and my body had sent me a notification, via my throbbing skull: You’re probably getting the flu. Facebook, too, had just notified me, via an alert on my phone, of its own plan for me: “You and Rosie Schaap are celebrating two years of friendship on Facebook.” Over the next few days, my body followed up with a series of messages: you have a sore throat; you have a fever; you have the chills. In that same period, Facebook emailed me four times. “See Rosie Schaap’s message and other notifications you’ve missed,” it demanded on Thursday, then on Friday, then again on … [Read more...] about Are You There, User? It’s Me, Facebook!
Google announced on Monday that it will spend $US1 billion in a major New York City expansion. It’s locked down three properties near the Hudson River on New York’s west side. The expansion will enable Google to add 7,000 employees in New York, in what it is calling its “Global Business Operation.” Google will build a new campus in New York City, the tech giant announced in a blog post on Monday. Google will spend $US1 billion to create a 1.7-million square-foot campus in Manhattan’s West Village neighbourhood, it said in the post by Google’s CFO, Ruth Porat. The new campus will be called “Google Hudson Square.” Google’s locked down three properties as part of the expansion: 550 Washington St. 315 Hudson St. 345 Hudson St. Google said it plans to start moving into the buildings in 2020. 550 Washington Street is called the St. Johns Terminal space, and it will be the head of Google’s “Global Business … [Read more...] about Google is planning a huge $1 billion campus in New York