The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is expected to rule on the validity of the current data transfer processes for personal data flowing across the EU border from companies within the EU. In Data Protection Commission v. Facebook Ireland Limited, Maximillian Schrems (C-113/18) the CJEU will for the second time in five years review the privacy safeguards required by EU law when a company like Facebook Ireland Limited sends personally collected data to servers location in the United States.
The FTC has been making initial efforts to enjoin the marketing and social media firm Facebook from technically integrating WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger, services used by 2.6 billion users. The merger has reduced competition, poor service, and a lack of market consequences to content fraud: false advertising, political misinformation, click fraud and reposts, clickbait headlines, deepfakes, permitted hate speech, and the rest.
Alphabet continues to acquire companies to discourage competition, fire employee-activists, and mine personal health data. Perhaps the time has come abandon Google in order to stop promoting these dangerous practices.
Under intense pressure from legislatures and courts, the NCAA reverses course to let student athletes commercialize their name and identity, the first step in ending the exploitation of student’s economic contributions to their universities.
Amazon and publishers are blocking access to ebooks for public libraries. The failure to create a new version of Section 109 to deal with digital lending is part of the larger trend to ignore the public policy implications of moving all content behind paywalls.
$10 million fund to fight deepfakes is a very small first step. deepfakes remain relatively easy to spot today, but that the technology continues to improve rapidly. More must be done to verify content before it is published online.