Facebook Hit With Antitrust Lawsuits by FTC, State Attorneys General (Wall Street Journal) The Federal Trade Commission and a bipartisan group of state attorneys general brought broad antitrust allegations against the social-media giant, accusing it of a yearslong campaign to buy up or freeze out potential rivals.
U.S., states sue Facebook as an illegal monopoly, setting stage for potential breakup (Washington Post) The U.S. government and 48 attorneys general filed landmark antitrust lawsuits against Facebook on Wednesday, seeking to break up the social networking giant over charges it engaged in illegal, anti-competitive tactics to buy, bully and kill its rivals.
FTC Sues Facebook for Illegal Monopolization (Federal Trade Commission) The Federal Trade Commission today sued Facebook, alleging that the company is illegally maintaining its personal social networking monopoly through a years-long course of anticompetitive conduct.
The FTC is suing Facebook to unwind its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp (The Verge) New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the lawsuit on Wednesday.
48 State AGs File Lawsuit Against Facebook Alleging It Stifled Competition, Compromised Privacy | New York Law Journal (New York Law Journal) New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is leading the action, said Facebook leveraged market power so it could take advantage of users and make billions by converting personal data into a cash cow.”
Attorney General James Leads Multistate Lawsuit Seeking to End Facebook’s Illegal Monopoly (New York Attorney General) AG James Leads Bipartisan Coalition of 48 Attorneys General Charging Anticompetitive Conduct. Facebook Thwarted Competition, Reduced Consumer Privacy for ProfitsClick to read more.
U.S. and states say Facebook illegally crushed competition (Silicon Valley Business Journal) The Federal Trade Commission and more than 40 states accused Facebook of becoming a social media monopoly by buying up its rivals to illegally squash competition, and said the deals should be unwound.
Lawsuits Filed by the FTC and the State Attorneys General Are Revisionist History (About Facebook) These lawsuits will hurt consumers and businesses.
German court forces encrypted email provider Tutanota to create backdoor for blackmail case (CyberScoop) A court in Germany has ordered Tutanota to monitor one user’s account, amid a protracted campaign from governments around the world to weaken encryption.
Bill has $25M for Rome Lab projects (Rome Daily Sentinel) Congressman says approved House defense spending plan has language to protect DFAS and AIS
NATO needs continuous responses in cyberspace (Atlantic Council) To assure the security of its members going forward, NATO needs its own continuous response campaign to cyber threats.
Canada doesn’t have a ‘Huawei problem’, says report, it has a 5G strategy problem (IT World Canada) Adversaries already probe Canada's network infrastructure, the Citizen Lab report argues. So Canada needs a vendor-neutral approach to allowing any company to supply gear to telcos
Can Russia and Turkey cooperate in cyberspace? (Daily Sabah) Russia’s largest bank Sberbank’s virtual assistant Athena’s question to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the president’s response, at the “AI (Artificial...
Google, Facebook Win Key Concession in Law to Pay for News in Australia (Bloomberg) Law to reflect any value platforms generate for publishers. Legislation has turned Australia into a test case for action.
France Declares War on Crypto Anonymity, Cites 'Terrorism' in KYC Mandate (CoinDesk) The French finance ministry is imposing sweeping KYC rules on all VASPs in the country.
Romania is enacting the secondary legislation pertaining to cybersecurity in an effort to avoid European sanctions (Lexology) On October 30, 2020, the European Commission sent a reasoned opinion regarding Romania's failure to notify the national measures…
Sens. Pressed To Find Path To Replace EU Data Transfer Pact (Law360) A Federal Trade Commission member was among those urging a U.S. Senate panel Wednesday to find ways to quickly address concerns that led Europe's top court to strike down the Privacy Shield data transfer pact this year, arguing that a federal privacy law and government surveillance changes would help bridge the divide.
Finland introduces telecom security law without mentioning China (Taiwan News) Legislators worried about Chinese backlash against Nokia
Report urges U.S. action against Chinese telecom giant ZTE over corruption record (The Washington Times) Chinese telecommunications company ZTE has been involved in international bribery incidents around the world but so far escaped prosecution by the Justice Department for corrupt practices, according to a report commissioned by hedge fund manager J. Kyle Bass.
U.S. Policy on China May Move from ‘America First’ to America & Co. (Bloomberg) A tech entrepreneur in the State Department is using network theory to counter Chinese pressure.
Congress About to Pass Security-Heavy Defense Bill (Decipher) The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the National Defense Authorization Act and the Senate is expected to vote on the defense appropriations bill this week.
Why Certain Cybersecurity Provisions Made it into the NDAA and Others Didn’t (Nextgov.com) An effort to establish a public-private collaboration environment was cut from the final bill but a controversial insurance provision was retained.
DoD officials: Small changes in thinking about electronic warfare tools could give U.S. upper hand (C4ISRNET) The military wants to begin taking a more holistic view of electronic warfare capabilities rather than specific platforms to outmaneuver adversaries.
Intimate Imagery and Privacy Protection Act of 2020 (US Senate) Ms. HASSAN introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on... To provide civil relief for victims of the disclosure of certain intimate images, and for other purposes.
Trump Officials Reviewing DOD Support To CIA (Defense One) Some officials familiar with the review see it as an effort to cut vital DOD support to the agency.
Report Sheds Light on How Biden’s Future NSC Chief Wants to Reshape U.S. Foreign Policy (Foreign Policy) Jake Sullivan spent several years working on a less ambitious approach to U.S. global interests that could disappoint both internationalists and progressives.
Modernizing the Department of Homeland Security (Lawfare) How can a Biden administration best reorient the department to serve the nation’s safety?
Biden's choice for Homeland Security secretary spells trouble (TheHill) The inspector general's report suggests Mayorkas should be objectionable to more than just Republicans.
The Cybersecurity 202: Security advocates see a possible silver lining in Trump’s election assaults (Washington Post) Attacks on the voting company Dominion and the integrity of the election by President Trump and his allies are posing a conundrum for election security advocates.
Why Big Tech Wants (Some) Facial Recognition Rules (Washington Post) The world’s biggest technology companies can usually be counted on to oppose rules reining in new products, but some are making an exception for facial recognition software.
Bucharest to host new EU cyber research hub (POLITICO) The Romanian capital pipped Brussels in the second round of voting.
7 cities are competing to host the EU’s new cyber center. Here’s how they stack up. (POLITICO) The center will manage billions in EU funding for cybersecurity research.
Army, Navy name top advisers to guide cyber readiness (C4ISRNET) The advisers' duties will include providing insights on recruitment and training of cyber forces.