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While leaks and whistleblowers continue to be valuable tools in the fight for data privacy, we can’t rely on them solely to keep big tech companies in check. SHUTTERSTOCK

The ugly truth: tech companies are tracking and misusing our data, and there’s little we can do

Most of us are probably having our data tracked in some form. And while there are regulatory safeguards in place to protect user privacy, it's hard to say whether these are enough.
Mark Zuckerberg has been meeting with lawmakers in Washington, DC. Shawn Thew/EPA

The fightback against Facebook is getting stronger

Mark Zuckerberg's recent meetings with US lawmakers suggests his company is worried about the growing number of investigations, regulations and fines it faces.
EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager speaks at a news conference about Google online search advertising, at the European Commission in Belgium in March 2019. Stephanie Lecocq / AAP

How big tech designs its own rules of ethics to avoid scrutiny and accountability

Feelgood, high-level data ethics principles are not fit for the purpose of regulating big tech. Applied ethics might be useful ... but stronger regulation is the preferred end goal.

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