Senators

Facebook tells senators it still uses location for ads despite user location services opt-out

We might soon see another FTC investigation of Facebook for “consumer deception.” The company acknowledged in a letter to two U.S. senators that it continues to capture and use location to serve relevant ads even if users have turned off location services. Bipartisan inquiry into Facebook’s user of location. Senators Coons and Hawley sent a …

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Senators urge EBay, Amazon and Google to restrict sales of assault-rifle parts

Following news reports documenting the continued availability of gun parts and accessories on e-commerce platforms that supposedly prohibit their sale, a group of Senate Democrats led by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) sent letters to the chief executives of Amazon, EBay and Google asking for internal data and better enforcement of their policies. In the letter …

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Senators on Protecting Kids’ Privacy: ‘It’s Complicated’

On Friday, news broke that Google has reportedly agreed to pay as much as $200 million to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over claims that YouTube, its popular video platform, violated children’s privacy laws on a vast scale. The FTC kicked off its investigation into YouTube more than a year ago. At the time, …

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Don Meredith report delayed by ‘lack of prompt responses’ from Senators to ethics officer, says Senate Ethics Committee

The Senate ethics officer’s investigation into the conduct of former Senator Don Meredith was delayed for reasons beyond his control, including due to other Senators who didn’t respond to his requests for information, says a new report from the Senate Ethics Committee. “The SEO was delayed in part by the lack of prompt responses to …

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Is or Isn’t Google Politically Neutral? Senators From the Left and the Right Ponder the Question

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2019 — With great power comes great responsibility. And now Google, which insists that it is not slanting search results based upon political leanings, is under attack from both the left and the right. At a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing last Tuesday – titled “Google and Censorship through Search Engines” – Sen. …

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Senators introduce privacy “bill of rights” to protect consumer data

Earlier this month, U.S. senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced a privacy “bill of rights” to protect American consumers’ personal data. The Customer Online Notification for Stopping Edge-provider Network Transgressions (CONSENT) Act would require the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to establish privacy protections for customers of online edge providers like Facebook …

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