A draft executive order from the White House complaining about bias in social media said the proposed order commands federal agencies to “thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust laws.” The leaked White House document is more about allegations of bias against President Trump than it is about antitrust […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Washington, D.C. (September 26, 2018)— “5 of every 6 routers are inadequately updated for known security flaws, leaving connected devices open to cyberattacks that can compromise consumer privacy and lead to financial loss,” according to a new study released today by the American Consumer Institute. The study, “Securing IoT Devices: How Safe […]
Facebook is involved in at least two instances of U.S. litigation defending its facial and biometric recognition practices. Privacy advocates filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) saying that Facebook gives itself “the ability to scan user photos for biometric facial matches without consent,” and thereby violates the user’s privacy. The advocates say […]
Removing barriers to deployment is key to encouraging private investment for broadband services. Today, ACI joined a large group of think tanks in filing comments to proceedings on accelerating wireless and wireline broadband infrastructure. The letter is available online.
A new study shows that many popular apps on our smartphones contain known vulnerabilities that are not being patched by applications providers, leaving consumer information and devices at risk. To read this article, visit the Daily Caller
Today, a coalition of nonprofit organizations sent a letter to Congress urging them to streamline regulations to encourage investment and the deployment of 5G wireless broadband services that consumers are demanding. The letter can be viewed here.
In “an offensive step forward.” the Trump Administration discarded President Obama’s policy on cyberattack and cyber defense (also known as Presidential Policy Directive-20 or PPD-20). Trump’s replacement “cyber deterrence plan” was ready in mid-May, but its release was delayed because of disputes over retaliatory hacking measures. Meanwhile nation state cyberattacks continue and handwringing has been […]
Social media companies is facing convulsive changes which will not please its management, and which may upset its users. In the US, political pressure is forcing Facebook to preclude Russia’s ability to use its platform for influencing US elections; and in the EU, laws require Facebook to quickly remove hate speech and incitements to violence. […]
DOJ submitted an appeal of the AT&T-Time Warner merger approved by Judge Leon of the US District Court for the DC Circuit. The submission asks the appeals court to reverse Judge Leon on the basis that he could not have understood DOJ’s arguments, otherwise he would not have approved the merger. DOJ claims the intellectual high […]
ACI filed comments with the ITC in connection with a trade dispute that could block the sale of popular TVs in the U.S. ACI estimates excluding these products will increase market prices and reduce consumer welfare by $1 billion. You can read the filing here.