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The Technology 202: YouTube settlement raises questions about Washington’s ability to rein in Silicon Valley

Ctrl + N Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joe Simons departs after speaking at a news conference in Washington to announce that Google’s video site YouTube has been fined $170 million to settle allegations it collected children’s personal data without their parents’ consent. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Lawmakers and consumer advocates are blasting federal and state regulators’ record children’s …

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In push to rein in tech companies, lawmakers target dark patterns – Econsultancy

Ethically questionable tactics companies use to get users to take specific actions those users might not really want to take might soon be illegal under certain circumstances if US lawmakers have their way. On Tuesday, two US senators introduced a bill that would forbid large platform companies like Facebook from using so-called dark patterns to …

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