Ohio Files Lawsuit to Declare Google Public Utility

The state of Ohio filed a lawsuit on Tuesday targeting Google. This lawsuit is unusual in that it aims to declare the popular multinational technology company a public utility. According to the state’s Republican attorney general, this step would prevent the major tech company from giving favored treatment to its products. Attorney General David Yost … Read more

TikTok Sued By Dutch Parents for Violating Child Privacy Rules

The popular video-sharing app TikTok has experienced many grievances regarding child privacy breaches 👶 since its establishment. The company now faces another grievance in the same area: a parent group from the Netherlands filed a $1.7 billion lawsuit against the company in Amsterdam. The Market Information Research Foundation, the organization responsible for filing this lawsuit, … Read more

Google Agrees to Pay $268 Million Fine to France Over Antitrust Practices

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Google has agreed to settle a $268 million 💰 fine levied by French authorities over alleged antitrust practices. The tech giant’s actions resolve a 2019 antitrust lawsuit from the national competition regulator of France, Autorité de la Concurrence. The regulator accused Google of abusing 💪 its superior rank in the industry. Here’s the story.  What’s … Read more

TikTok Updates Privacy Policy to Give Itself Permission to Collect Biometric Data from U.S. Users

The popular social video-sharing app TikTok has integrated new changes into its U.S. privacy policy. Under the new policy, the app may collect biometric data 💾 and identifiers from user content. Biometric data includes aspects such as information about faces 😲 and voiceprints. Some critics have found this idea concerning. This is especially true because … Read more

WhatsApp Files Lawsuit Against India Over New Privacy Rules

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The popular messaging service WhatsApp has filed a lawsuit against the Indian government. The grounds for the lawsuit are a new government regulation that reportedly violates Whatsapp’s traceability 🕵️ clauses. The lawsuit challenges a new rule that requires social media companies to identify the sender of information deemed inappropriate or unlawful. WhatsApp is therefore requesting … Read more

Tech Industry Groups Are Suing Florida Over New Social Media Rules

The tech groups NetChoice and CCIA are filing a lawsuit 📜 against Florida over its new laws regulating social media networks. The two organizations—which represent larger online business such as Intel, Google, and various others—claim the senate bill breaches the constitutional rights of private companies. The bill seeks to moderate how large social media apps … Read more

Twitter Blasts India Over New Content Rules

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Twitter has spoken up 🗣️ about the Indian government’s attempt to censor online content. The social media giant said the newly passed IT rules are a developing threat to the freedom of speech and expression. The platform voiced its concerns after the Indian government reportedly deployed a police raid on its offices in India. It … Read more

TikTok Faces Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Allegedly Stealing Proprietary Code

A Beijing-based network technology company has filed a lawsuit against ByteDance and their TikTok app 📱 on copyright infringement claims.  Meishe Technology filed the lawsuit in the Texas federal court. According to the complaint, the company was established in 2014 and deals in deep learning, intelligent processing, and television. It also deals in various industries … Read more

Steven Crowder Sues YouTube Over Content Moderation Policies

Anyone who spends time on social media has likely heard 👂 or seen 👀 memes about conspiracies that claim digital platforms are targeting and censoring conservatives. These claims have become louder following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.  The latest victim of this alleged censorship is conservative entertainer Steven Crowder. He is … Read more