Archive for Digital Updates – 2020

U.S. and UK Begin Post-BREXIT Trade Negotiations
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U.S. and UK Begin Post-BREXIT Trade Negotiations

On May 5, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer issued a joint statement that they would begin virtual trade negotiations. As ... Read More
Facebook Attempts to Expand Their Market to Appear Competitive Amidst Rising Profits
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Facebook Attempts to Expand Their Market to Appear Competitive Amidst Rising Profits

As Facebook is investigated by the Department of Justice, the FTC, and over 40 state prosecutors, it now claims it isn’t just competing with other ... Read More
Europe’s GDPR Law Lacks Funding, Enforcement
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Europe’s GDPR Law Lacks Funding, Enforcement

Nearly two years ago, the EU enacted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which was the world’s strictest online privacy regulation. Since its enactment, Google ... Read More
Texas AG Continues Antitrust Investigation into Google
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Texas AG Continues Antitrust Investigation into Google

Since September 2019, Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, has led a group of attorneys general across the country in an investigation into Google for potential ... Read More
News Media Alliance Joins Others to Recommend Strong Copyright Protections in the U.S.-UK Trade Agreement
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News Media Alliance Joins Others to Recommend Strong Copyright Protections in the U.S.-UK Trade Agreement

On April 28, the News Media Alliance joined a group of creative-industry organizations to publish comments on the proposed trade agreement between the United States ... Read More
District Court Approves $5 Billion Settlement for Facebook’s Privacy Violations
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District Court Approves $5 Billion Settlement for Facebook’s Privacy Violations

On April 23, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the settlement reached last July for sanctions brought by the FTC against Facebook for ... Read More
Google Joins W3C’s Privacy Community Group
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Google Joins W3C’s Privacy Community Group

On April 23, 2020, several Google and Facebook representatives participated in an every-other-week video conference hosted by the Privacy Community Group (PCG) of the World ... Read More
Australia to Draft Regulations for How Platforms Use News Media Content
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Australia to Draft Regulations for How Platforms Use News Media Content

On April 20, 2020, the Australian government directed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to develop a mandatory code governing the commercial relationship between digital ... Read More
Keyword Ad Blocking Hurts News Industry
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Keyword Ad Blocking Hurts News Industry

Traffic to news sites has spiked in recent weeks due to the COVID pandemic; however, news publishers have not seen a financial benefit. Overzealous blacklisting ... Read More
Google Contract with Brand Safety Companies Allegedly Limits Ability to Share Negative Information
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Google Contract with Brand Safety Companies Allegedly Limits Ability to Share Negative Information

On April 19, the Wall Street Journal reported that OpenSlate, a brand safety company, refused to sign a contract with Google after being an approved partner since 2017 ... Read More
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News/Media Alliance Applauds California Senate Judiciary Committee for Passing California Journalism Preservation Act - Read more