The Zuck to face deposition, ISPs are bad, Amazon bought a healthcare company | Weekly Edition #2

The American Data Privacy and Protection Act is gaining ground in Congress, Senators are looking to eliminate data caps that ISPs arbitrarily started enforcing, and The Zuck will be questioned regarding a lawsuit in California.

The Zuck to face deposition, ISPs are bad, Amazon bought a healthcare company | Weekly Edition #2
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Quick Bits

  • FCC chair tries to find out how carriers use phone geolocation data (Ars Technica)
  • Romanian hacker faces US trial over virus-for-hire service (The Verge)
  • House panel's bill would block U.S. buyers of foreign spyware (Reuters)
  • Internal documents show Facebook and Google discussing platform strategies (The Verge)

Don’t Look Now, but Congress Might Pass an Actually Good Privacy Bill

The American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA) is gaining bipartisan support to finally pass a modern data and privacy law for the United States.

But don't get too excited; targeted advertising is still allowed. Collecting personal data is permitted by a list of 17 reasons in the bill.

There is still some debate on whether the ADPPA will outweigh the state's data and privacy bills like the CCPA. It looks like the ADPPA will cover more ground and be more restrictive, so it makes sense for it to outweigh the state's existing laws, with the states being able to amend what they want on top of it.

God for bid they get rid of targeted advertising and cripple the big tech industry...


Two senators propose ban on data caps, blasting ISPs for “predatory” limits

Uncap America Act was introduced on July 21st, prohibiting data caps arbitrarily imposed by ISPs to make more money.

The Ban would apply to traditional ISPs like Comcast and Cox, as well as mobile service providers like Verizon and T-Mobile.

The 2 senators said they would leave the details up to the FCC, but I don't think it will make it that far. While both sides of the aisle hate big tech, communication companies are more divided and deep into politicians' pockets. There is a reason 2 democrats introduced this bill and not the other way around...

While this would be great to get passed as I don't particularly appreciate paying an arm and a leg for internet and unlimited data, it is more of a dream in the current political climate.


Mark Zuckerberg to face deposition over Cambridge Analytica scandal

The Zuck will be questioned under oath for up to 6 hours as part of a lawsuit filed in a California court on behalf of Facebook users impacted by the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The Cambridge Analytica saga is too big and deep to summarize, but Vox has a good explainer of what happened.

The Zuck is no noob regarding depositions, as he has often appeared in front of congress. This is a big deal because it can potentially reveal new details in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

While lawsuits like this are all fun and dandy, and some lawyers will make a quick buck, there needs to be legal accountability for the executives who created environments to enable questionable practices that led to things like the Cambridge Analytica scandal. They make enough money, and taking a few percent of their earnings away once is just a slap on the wrist. We need real accountability.


In Other News

  • NASA’s mega moon rocket could see its first launch this summer (TechCrunch)
  • Secret Service may have violated records law with text deletions, Jan. 6 committee says (CNBC)
  • Amazon bought One Medical, a healthcare provider, for $3.9 billion (MarketWatch)

Interesting Find

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