Responding to antitrust charges in the EU, Google defended its practice of building apps on Android phones. General counsel Kent Walker suggests that Google's practice helps to maintain Android's open platform. "The Commission's approach would upset this balance, and send an unintended signal favouring closed over open platforms," he stated.
Donald Trump's presidency could result in a weakening of the net neutrality regulations. While Trump hasn't spelled out many details of positions regarding broadband policy, he criticized net neutrality rules in 2014. “Obama’s attack on the internet is another top down power grab. Net neutrality is the Fairness Doctrine. Will target conservative media," he tweeted at the time.
Eric Trump, son of the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, tweeted a ballot selfie this morning -- despite a New York law that makes it a misdemeanor to show completed ballots to other people. Last week, a federal judge in New York refused to lift the ballot selfie ban before the election.
The film, television and music industries have donated more than $6 million to Hillary Clinton's campaign, compared to around $140,000 to Donald Trump's campaign. "Pretty much all copyright industries favor Hillary Clinton by a landslide," writes TorrentFreak. Internet companies also are donating more heavily to Clinton than Trump.
The Chinese government just passed new cybersecurity regulations, which affect any technology company operating within its national borders. “The regulation would require instant messaging services and other internet companies to require users to register with their real names and personal information, and to censor content that is ‘prohibited,’” TechCrunch reports. “Real name policies restrict anonymity and can encourage self-censorship for online communication.”
Federal judges in New York and California have refused to block laws banning ballot selfies. “A last-minute, judicially-imposed change in the protocol at 5,300 polling places would be a recipe for delays and a disorderly election, as well-intentioned voters either took the perfectly posed selfie or struggled with their rarely-used smartphone camera,” U.S. District Court Judge P. Kevin Castel in New York wrote. Lawmakers in California recently passed a law legalizing ballot selfies, but that measure doesn't take effect until 2017.
Norway's consumer watchdog for privacy has alleged that wearables by Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin and Mio are violating EU privacy laws by collecting more data than needed. The Consumer Council of Norway also said the companies' privacy policies were too vague.
Google today officially denied antitrust charges in the EU. General counsel Kent Walker said in a blog post that the company didn't unfairly promote its shopping service, or block online search rivals. He added that Google's actions were aimed at serving users. "We never compromised the quality or relevance of the information we displayed," Walker wrote. "On the contrary, we improved it."
The American Civil Liberties Union is asking federal judge to block the state from enforcing a law banning people from sharing photos of their completed ballots. The ACLU says the ballot selfie ban violates people's free speech rights. “People increasingly use photographs of their marked ballot as a way to express their support for candidates and issues,” ACLU attorney said in a statement.
Facebook has put the kibosh on a UK insurance company's plans to decide what premiums to charge customers based on their Facebook posts. The original plan by Admiral Insurance involved scrutinizing people's posts to figure out whether they were likely to be safe drivers. Facebook says its guidelines prevent that use of its data.