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Bipartisan Future of Tech Commission calls for Federal & Children’s Privacy Laws and protection against misinformation

Research by the bipartisan Future of Tech Commission, which is spearheaded by a former US Secretary of Education, a former Massachusetts governor and the head of Common Sense Media, found 76% of Americans support restricting companies from collecting and using personal data beyond what’s needed for effective service. Their report, resulting from public opinion polls and virtual town halls conducted throughout the US and in two locations in Europe found bipartisan support for the government to play a role in protecting consumers’ privacy and curbing the amplification of mis- and disinformation.

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IT’S THE LAW (03/01/2022)

March 1, 2022
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Children’s Privacy: FTC settles with WW; requirements include deletion of algorithms

March 1, 2022

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed settlement with WW’s Kurbo subsidiary that includes, 1) requiring that WW obtain verifiable parental consent before collecting information, 2) destroying all personal information that was obtained in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) plus getting rid of algorithms and, 3) paying a $1.5 million penalty.

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Google Plans New Consumer Controls Over Targeted Ads

May 13, 2022

Google will give consumers more control over the ads they see, replacing current Ad Settings and About this Ad options with My Ad Center later this year .  The unified offering will let users specify the brands and topics they want to see, change personal information used to target ads, and make it easier to see who paid for an ad they are viewing.  It’s doubtful many consumers will bother with the settings but the features give more control to those who care.

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