Here is the latest news from the tech industry, which is under increasing global surveillance.
Georgetown’s Professor Bedoya on Privacy is Biden’s FTC Commissioner Candidate
President Joe Biden will appoint Alvaro Bedoya, a Georgetown University law professor and privacy expert, as Democratic Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission.
Bedoya, who is the head of the Center of Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law School, would replace Rohit Chopra as FTC commissioner if approved. Chopra has been appointed to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
Bedoya was one of the authors of a 2016 report on the risks to privacy and civil liberties associated with police use of facial recognition technology on their beats.
DC AG Racine Expands Scope of Amazon’s Antitrust Complaint
District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine has broadened the scope of his antitrust complaint against Amazon, this time focusing on its relationship with wholesale suppliers.
In May, Racine sued Amazon, accusing the company of developing monopoly powers because of its pricing contracts with third-party sellers who sell on Amazon. Now he has said Amazon is engaged in anti-competitive acts with wholesalers.
Chinese regulators tell Wall Street executives new rules won’t stifle technology
Chinese regulators have told Wall Street executives that their crackdown on industries that disrupted the market was not meant to crush tech companies.
China Securities Regulatory Commission Vice Chairman Fang Xinghai said recent actions were aimed at strengthening business regulation as well as data privacy and national security, while reducing social anxiety, including in the education and gaming sectors.
The regulations have targeted large tech companies and other aspects of the economy as part of President Xi Jinping’s campaign for “common prosperity.”
Apple cleans up $ 6 million from Fortnite Maker following court order
Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite and other online multiplayer games, recently paid Apple $ 6 million for violating App Store guidelines, according to an Apple Insider report, following a court decision of September 10. Epic had initially indicated that it would appeal the decision.
The fees paid to Apple represent the damage caused by funds generated from Fortnite’s sales on the App Store after Epic violated Apple’s policies and offered it elsewhere, according to the report.
FTC: Health apps and wearable devices must notify consumers of data breaches
Health apps and connected devices must comply with the health breach notification rule, requiring them to notify users in the event of a data breach, the FTC said last week.
The FTC said health apps and wearable devices attract sensitive personal data. Applications are responsible for ensuring that data is secure, including ensuring that unauthorized access to data cannot occur.