Twitter had sued the Justice Department in its battle with federal agencies as the internet industry’s self-described champion of free speech seeking the right to reveal the extent of US government surveillance.
The company is facing a backlash from users worried about the lack of end-to-end encryption of meeting sessions and “zoombombing”, where uninvited guests crash into meetings.
Health officials eyeing possibility of using smartphones to ascertain with whom someone diagnosed with Covid-19 has been in contact.
Like the detection of traffic jams on Google Maps, the new reports will use "aggregated, anonymised" data from users who have activated their location with the aim of helping governments gauge success in social distancing.
Observers fear intermediary rules that include proactive monitoring, user verification and tight timelines that dictate how quickly a company should take down material authorities deem questionable.
A 60-page report by the London-based rights group says the so-called “Surveillance Giants” have business models that are incompatible with the right to privacy, freedom of expression and the right to equality and non-discrimination.
Apple put the programme on hold after the Guardian newspaper reported that contractors working on Apple's behalf regularly heard confidential information, drug deals and intimate bedroom talks.
US regulators have approved a $5 billion penalty to be levied on Facebook to settle a probe into the social network's privacy and data protection lapses, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Facebook said it may have "unintentionally uploaded" email contacts of up to 1.5 million new users since May 2016, adding that the "contacts were not shared with anyone and we are deleting them."
The one-time charge slashed Facebook's first-quarter net income considerably, although revenue grew by 25 percent in the period. The FTC has been looking into whether Facebook broke its own 2011 agreement promising to protect user privacy.
“By updating the rules for the Internet, we can preserve what’s best about it - the freedom for people to express themselves and for entrepreneurs to build new things - while also protecting society from broader harms,” Zuckerberg wrote.
Russia is planning to temporarily unplug from the internet next month in preparation for installing safeguards to internet access in the event of a foreign cyberattack - particularly from the United States.
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