PATA Act Would Require Facebook and Twitter To Hand Over Reams of Information (Free Preview)

PATA Act Would Require Facebook and Twitter To Hand Over Reams of Information (Free Preview)
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In yesterday's edition, we examined the the Platform Accountability and Transparency Act (PATA), a bill that would change how the United States (U.S.) government would oversee large social media platforms. One of the notable features is that a government run research approval system would be established with which platforms would need comply. Moreover, platforms would need to regularly submit specified information and data to a government agency. Finally, there is a discretionary rulemaking that seems very much like a Sword of Damocles to get platforms to comply. Subscribe to read the article.

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Other Developments

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The European Parliament passed the “Data Governance Act” that “aims to increase trust in data sharing, create new EU rules on the neutrality of data marketplaces…facilitate the reuse of certain data held by the public sector…[and] will set up common European data spaces in strategic domains such as health, the environment, energy, agriculture, mobility, finance, manufacturing, public administration, and skills.”

Britain’s government “announced moves that will see stablecoins recognised as a valid form of payment as part of wider plans to make Britain a global hub for cryptoasset technology and investment.”

The United States (U.S.) Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee marked up a number of bills, including: the “Healthcare Cybersecurity Act of 2022” (S.3904), the “Satellite Cybersecurity Act” (S.3511), and the “Legacy IT Reduction Act of 2022” (S.3897).

France’s Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) issued guidance on the use of artificial intelligence in the context of the General Data Protection Regulation.

The United States (U.S.) Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a “Request for Information (RFI) to solicit public comment on certain provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, namely: The consideration of recognized security practices of covered entities and business associates when OCR makes determinations regarding fines, audits, and remedies to resolve potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule; and the distribution to harmed individuals of a percentage of civil money penalties (CMPs) or monetary settlements collected pursuant to the HITECH Act, which requires the Secretary of HHS (Secretary) to establish by regulation, and based upon recommendations from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a methodology under which an individual who is harmed by an act that constitutes an offense under certain provisions of the HITECH Act or the Social Security Act relating to privacy or security may receive a percentage of any CMP or monetary settlement collected by OCR with respect to such offense.”

The United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office published a fact sheet on “Russia's FSB malign activity.”

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) met and adopted the following documents: EDPB letter on the draft national legislation impacting the Belgian Supervisory Authority, Rules of Procedure, version 8, and Statement 01/2022 on the announcement of an agreement in principle on a new Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework.

United States (U.S.) Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan made remarks at a conference in Brussels, Belgium on how “[t]he growing adoption of a newer set of technologies—including voice assistants, cloud computing, and virtual reality—impel us to learn from past missteps and prevent incumbents from unlawfully capturing control over emerging markets.”

Australia’s government “released draft legislation and explanatory material to implement a new Digital Games Tax Offset (DGTO).”

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report titled “Critical Infrastructure Protection: DHS Actions Urgently Needed to Better Protect the Nation's Critical Infrastructure.”

The United Kingdom’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport released its “Cyber security breaches survey 2022.”

The United Kingdom’s (UK) Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has opened a consultation on “data security incident trends.”

The United States (U.S.) Government Accountability Office’s Office of the Inspector General found that privacy program improvements could enhance the agency’s efforts to protect data and systems.

United States President Joe Biden renominated Travis LeBlanc to serve on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

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Further Reading

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Ukraine Crisis Tests Cyber Warfare’s Red Lines, Bitdefender Says” By Andra Timu and Irina Vilcu — Bloomberg

Tech workers describe detentions and interrogations as they flee Russia” By Vadim Smyslov — Bloomberg

Facebook restores banned ad promoting renters rights after tweet goes viral” By Alex Hern — The Guardian

Am I being tracked? Anti-stalking tech from Apple, Tile falls short.” By Geoffrey Fowler — Washington Post

Musk's stake in Twitter isn't good news for users” By Michael Hiltzik — Los Angeles Times

Border Patrol's use of Amazon's Wickr messaging app draws scrutiny” By Ben Goggin and Louise Matsakis — NBC News

How to document war crimes in the digital age” By Caitlin Thompson — coda

Russia’s slow cyberwar in Ukraine begins to escalate, experts say” By Kari Paul — The Guardian

The FBI is spending millions on social media tracking software” By Aaron Schaeffer — Washington Post

Exclusive: U.S. probe of Google Maps picks up speed” By Diane Bartz and Paresh Dave — Reuters

Release of Ukraine Intelligence Represents New Front in U.S. Information War With Russia” By Warren Strobel — Wall Street Journal

Google unrolls search features to tackle misinformation” By Brandon Vigliarolo — The Register

Meta’s encryption plan has human rights benefits, report says” By Joseph Menn — Washington Post

Inside Cyber Front Z, the ‘People’s Movement’ Spreading Russian Propaganda” By David Gilbert — Vice

Antitrust Bill Targeting Amazon, Google, Apple Gets Support From DOJ” By Ryan Tracy — Wall Street Journal

House Oversight panel launches investigation into Amazon's labor practices” By Zoë Richards and Haley Talbot — NBC News

TikTok Has a Problem” By Kaitlyn Tiffany — The Atlantic

Senate’s Wyden Probes Use of Forged Legal Requests by Hackers” By William Turton — Bloomberg

Attacking rival, Google says Microsoft’s hold on government security is a problem” By Kevin Collier — NBC News

Writer named in controversial ‘media men’ list wins round in court” By Josh Gerstein — Politico

The chip challenge: Keeping Western semiconductors out of Russian weapons” By Jane Lanhee Lee — Reuters

Google Found to Unfairly Block Rival Payments on India Store” By Sankalp Phartiyal — Bloomberg

As right to repair legislation looms, Samsung introduces ‘self-service’ for Galaxy devices” By Brian Heater — Tech Crunch

Ex-Google CEO promotes digital West Point” By Margaret Harding McGill — Axios

Apple Backed by Koch Group in App Store Antitrust Fight” By Peter Blumberg and Malathi Nayak — Bloomberg

Former top national security officials side with Apple in app store antitrust case” By Brian Fung — CNN

Sanders looks to shoot down Bezos’ moon plans” By Bryan Bender — Politico

From Russia with money: Silicon Valley distances itself from oligarchs” By Joseph Menn, Elizabeth Dwoskin, Douglas MacMillan and  Cat Zakrzewski — Washington Post

Adults or Sexually Abused Minors? Getting It Right Vexes Facebook” By Michael H. Keller — New York Times

Twitter change leaves huge gaps in websites” By Jon Porter — The Verge

In Brazil, Firms Sought Black Workers. Then LinkedIn Got Involved.” By Jack Nicas and Flávia Milhorance — New York Times

Internet communities are battling over pixels” By Taylor Lorenz — Washington Post