It’s not you; many e-commerce websites are difficult to use by design.
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Deceptively labeled buttons, choices that are hard to undo, web designs that hide options – these dark patterns are how some websites trick people into giving up their money and information.
The FTC put companies that sell AI systems on notice: Cross the line with biased products and the law is coming for you.
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The Federal Trade Commission is rattling its saber at the technology industry over growing public concern about biased AI algorithms. Can the agency back up its threats?
What made Facebook grow big wasn’t what its targets would have been without it, it was what they were able to do with it.
In November 2020 photo, a demonstrator joins others outside of the home of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to protest what they say is Facebook spreading disinformation in San Francisco.
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American antitrust proceedings against Facebook represent a dramatic pivot, one that aligns the U.S. government with the global movement seeking greater public oversight of Big Tech.
Mark Zuckerberg’s own words are key evidence in the FTC lawsuit against Facebook.
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While relying on internal documents can be controversial, Zuckerberg’s emails are so detailed and specific that they’re impossible to ignore.
The lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James and 13 colleagues was the last roadblock to the merger.
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The T-Mobile-Sprint merger is the latest example of weakened enforcement of antitrust laws, which reduces competition and exacerbates already-record levels of inequality.
Who’s watching Facebook watch you?
There’s no way an independent assessor will be able to actually monitor how Facebook might violate or abuse users’ privacy in key ways.
Documents show tobacco companies have marketed their products to young people.
Tobacco companies are enlisting the help of social media influencers to promote traditional cigarettes and their brands to young people.
Does this man understand how his company can be a responsible member of society?
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Facebook is realizing it has broad obligations to society. Here’s how it could start meeting them.
What are the rules governing who’s watching you online?
US privacy laws focus on informing consumers what’s happening with their data; other countries specifically restrict data collection and analysis.
Wasteful and fake charities are usually harder to spot than this.
Digital innovations are making it easier to give to charity and for donors to become informed before they support nonprofits.
Amazon may make it impossible for Whole Foods rivals to compete.
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The deal escaped scrutiny because the two aren’t direct competitors, yet Amazon’s huge marketing platform will help Whole Foods steamroll rivals. In the past, the Supreme Court has said this violates antitrust law.
European Union Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager has followed an antitrust enforcement strategy pioneered in the U.S.
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Europe’s approach to antitrust enforcement picks up where the US left off in the 1980s, when the view that breaking up monopolies hurt innovation took hold.
Can the EU and the U.S. work together on data privacy?
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A new agreement between the European Union and the U.S. would provide more protection of Europeans’ data against American mass surveillance than was required before.
Representatives of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries at a press conference in Atlanta, after a deal was reached.
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Before the last round of negotiations, only a handful of issues remained in the way of concluding the TPP. A potential deal-breaker for Australia was intellectual property protections for biologics.
The European Commission is taking a much tougher line on Google than the FTC did.
The EU is accusing Google of abusing its dominance in search, yet a similar antitrust case in the US led to a settlement. What counts for the divergent outcomes?
In Monopol-e-Commerce, who plays the hat, and who gets the boot?
Legal moves against Google are a major step, with implications that will stretch across the industry.
When does marketing spin cross the line to become misleading advertising?
Two recent cases highlight the problem of misleading advertising. In the United States, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has dismissed an appeal by POM Wonderful about health claims for their juice…
While US regulators cleared Google of antitrust breaches for unfairly diverting traffic to their own services, the Europeans see things differently.
At the end of a 19 month investigation into Google’s search business by the US Federal Trade Commission, many commentators declared that Google had “dodged a bullet”. In other words, the journalists believed…