Moving forward with President Trump's planned crackdown on social media platforms would send the wrong message about censorship, the Consumer Technology Association told the FCC Thursday.
Come January, private companies in Portland, Oregon will no longer be allowed to use facial-recognition technology in stores, parks, and other places of public accommodation, under an ordinance passed unanimously by city lawmakers this week.
Apple said Thursday it will delay rolling out a setting that would have prevented app developers from tracking iPhone users without their explicit consent.
"It is unlawfully retaliatory and coercive, sending a clear and chilling message: question President Trump and face retribution from the entire Executive Branch," Rock the Vote and other groups say in a new lawsuit.
"Although President Trump is currently a public official, the @realDonaldTrump account belongs to him in his personal capacity, not his official one," the Justice Department argues in a petition seeking Supreme Court review.
"Under Prop 24, a consumer can limit the use of their sensitive information to stop Uber from profiling them based on race, stop Spotify from utilizing their precise geo-location and prevent Facebook from using their sexual orientation, health status or religion in its algorithms," Carmen Balber, executive director of Consumer Watchdog, stated Thursday.
FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks is asking AT&T and Verizon about their "practices and procedures for protecting consumer information and "commitment to data privacy" -- specifically their involvement with real-time bidding for location data.
"Like it or not, the First Amendment's protections apply to corporate entities, especially when they engage in editorial decision making," FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly says.
The judge overseeing a privacy lawsuit against Facebook over its alleged use of facial recognition technology signaled Thursday he's inclined to approve a settlement.
Congress may need 'to reassess the special privileges afforded to tech platforms, especially given their vast power to curate and present content in ways that may manipulate users,' FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra stated Thursday.