Cable calls for ‘tech titans’ Google, Facebook and Amazon to be broken up

Liberal Democrat leader claims recent scandals have shown web companies have gone from ‘heroes to villains very quickly’

Vince Cable has compared Google, Amazon and Facebook to the US oil monopolies that exploited their market power more than a century ago – and called for them to be broken up.

In a speech in London, the Liberal Democrat leader said a series of recent scandals, including revelations about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, meant the “tech titans” had “progressed from heroes to villains very quickly”.

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Will Democrats be bold and pledge to break up tech monopolies? | Ross Barkan

Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple have accrued so much power, it has damaged American democracy

For those Democrats who dream of being president, it’s no longer safe to play it safe. We live in a dangerous, unstable time in a democracy that is far from healthy. Many of the forces corroding it precede Donald Trump, despite progressives who would tell you otherwise – this entire century, so far, has been a misery for many Americans.

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How Europe’s ‘breakthrough’ privacy law takes on Facebook and Google

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation is forcing big changes at tech’s biggest firms – even if the US isn’t likely to follow suit

Despite the political theatre of Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional interrogations last week, Facebook’s business model isn’t at any real risk from regulators in the US. In Europe, however, the looming General Data Protection Regulation will give people better privacy protections and force companies including Facebook to make sweeping changes to the way they collect data and consent from users – with huge fines for those who don’t comply.

“It’s changing the balance of power from the giant digital marketing companies to focus on the needs of individuals and democratic society,” said Jeffrey Chester, founder of the Center for Digital Democracy. “That’s an incredible breakthrough.”

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Facebook is a tyranny – and our government isn’t built to stop it

America’s founders didn’t envision the power of the corporation. We need a new structure for self-governance that can counter 21st-century monopolies

Last week, Senator Dick Durbin asked: “Mr Zuckerberg, would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?”

The Facebook CEO froze and then answered: “No.”

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Google Chrome now blocks autoplaying video with sound

Most popular browser finally stops unwanted sound and moving image automatically on both desktop and mobile

Google’s Chrome browser now blocks auto-playing video with sound, taking a big step forward in removing one of the most irritating things about the modern web.

Originally promised to be delivered last January as part of version 64 of Chrome but delayed until now, the feature will stop any video that is set to autoplay with sound from doing so on sites where the video is not the primary purpose. That includes video reports for news sites and other ancillary video that is often played off to the side of text.

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Thousands of child apps and games potentially violate US data sharing law

A study conducted on child-directed Android apps from US Google Play Store found over half may break US privacy law for under 13s

Thousands of child-directed Android apps and games are potentially violating US law on the collection and sharing of data on those under 13, research has revealed.

A study conducted on 5,885 child-directed Android apps from the US Play Store, which are included in Google’s Designed for Families programme, found that well over half of the apps potentially violated the US Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (Coppa).

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Google loses landmark ‘right to be forgotten’ case

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Businessman wins legal action to force removal of search results about past conviction A businessman has won his legal action to remove search results about a criminal conviction in a landmark “right to be forgotten” case that could have Läs mer…

Android phone makers skip Google security updates without telling users – study

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Users told smartphone’s software has been updated with monthly patches when it hasn’t, new research claims Some Android smartphone manufacturers are skipping security patches without notifying users, instead claiming their smartphone’s software is up to date with Google’s monthly Läs mer…

RIP passwords: new web standard designed to replace login method

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech WebAuthn will eliminate need for passwords by moving to methods of authentication such as biometrics, says web standards controller A new web standard is expected to kill passwords, meaning users will no longer have to remember difficult logins for Läs mer…

YouTube illegally collects data on children, say child protection groups

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Complaint filed with US watchdog urges sanctions for Google allegedly failing to comply with child protection laws around data collection and ads A coalition of 23 child advocacy, consumer and privacy groups have filed a complaint with the US Läs mer…

Apple poaches Google’s AI chief in push to save Siri

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Scottish-born John Giannandrea joined search firm in 2010 and helped it become market leader Apple has poached Google’s AI chief, John Giannandrea, to run its machine learning and AI operations, in the clearest sign yet that the iPhone creator Läs mer…

GDPR: how can I email data securely to comply with the new regulations?

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Robert is often required to email sensitive data. Is there a secure way of doing so in view of the new data protection laws? As a freelance media professional, I am often asked by my various employers to send Läs mer…

Google sees major claims of harassment and discrimination as lawsuits proceed

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Two lawsuits by female employees, alleging company underpays women and that ‘bro-culture’ enabled daily harassment, move ahead California courts have allowed female Google employees to move forward with two major lawsuits alleging patterns of sexual harassment and pay disparities, Läs mer…

Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you | Dylan Curran

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the Läs mer…

Beware the smart toaster: 18 tips for surviving the surveillance age

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech We’ve come a long way since the web was just a fun place to share cat gifs – now it’s a place mostly dedicated to finding and selling your personal info. Here’s what you need to know in this Läs mer…