• FTC Argues Against Opt-In Approach To Online Privacy
    "If consumers were opted out of online advertisements by default (with the choice of opting in), the likely result would include the loss of advertising-funded online content," the FTC says in a staff report
  • Google Should Rethink Censorship Policies, EFF Says
    "YouTube's moderation of Prager University's content was faulty on many accounts, but it was not unconstitutional," the digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation says in new court papers.
  • Senator Wyden Unveils Do-Not-Track Law
    A privacy bill floated Thursday by Senator Ron Wyden would create a national "do not track" regime that gives consumers the right to prevent information about them from being shared or sold by ad-tech companies.
  • Mobile Users Suing Over 'Supercookies' Need Not Hand Over Phones
    "There is an Orwellian irony to the proposition that in order to get relief for a company's alleged surreptitious monitoring of users' mobile device and web activity, a person has to allow the company unfettered access to inspect his mobile device or his web browsing history," the judge wrote.
  • Broadband Industry Sues Vermont Over Net Neutrality Law
    "Vermont's attempts to revive ... a repealed regulatory regime are plainly preempted by federal law," five associations state in a new lawsuit.
  • Google Draws Bipartisan Criticism Over Data Leak Coverup
    "Google must be more forthcoming with the public and lawmakers if the company is to maintain or regain the trust of the users of its services," GOP Senators John Thune (South Dakota), Roger Wicker (Mississippi), and Jerry Moran (Kansas) say in a letter sent Thursday to CEO Sundar Pichai.
  • DOJ To Bring Criminal Price-Fixing Case Centered On Search Algorithms
    The Department of Justice is bringing a "first of its kind" criminal antitrust prosecution involving companies that may have gamed online search algorithms in order to fix prices.
  • Tech Companies Urge Senate To Override California Privacy Law
    California's new privacy law has accomplished what previously seemed unthinkable: It spurred tech companies and the ad industry to call for federal privacy legislation.
  • BuzzFeed Shopping Guide Is 'Editorial,' Not 'Advertising,' Industry Watchdog Says
    The NAD drew a distinction between material published with the motive of attracting readers and selling products: if a publisher's main economic motivation is to draw readers, the content is not advertising; if the primary purpose is to hawk merchandise, the content might be considered advertising.
  • Facebook's Fact-Checking Fail: Weekly Standard Demotes Think Progress
    Facebook recently instituted a fact-checking system aimed at preventing the spread of misinformation on the service. But the company's treatment of a recent Think Progress piece suggests the initiative is half-baked, at best.
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