The Wavelength Brief | 27 October 2022

The Wavelength Brief | 27 October 2022
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Other Developments

The United States (U.S.) Department of Justice “charged 13 individuals, including members of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) security and intelligence apparatus and their agents, for alleged efforts to unlawfully exert influence in the United States for the benefit of the government of the PRC.”

The United Kingdom’s (UK) Competition and Markets Authority announced that it “is investigating the [Microsoft and Activision Blizzard] merger, what it means for gamers and the industry, and how you can share your views.”

Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE), “cleared Microsoft's full acquisition of Activision Blizzard…[and] [a]lthough unconditionally approved in Brazil, the merger is still contingent on the clearance of foreign authorities from the US and the EU, amongst others.”

The Biden Administration expanded “the Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Cybersecurity Initiative to a fourth sector – the chemical sector” that “will serve as a roadmap to guide the sector’s assessment of their current cybersecurity practices over the next 100 days, building on the lessons learned and best practices of the previously launched action plans for the electric, pipeline, and water sectors to meet the needs for this sector.”

Canada’s Privacy Commissioner and the data protection authorities of Canada’s provinces adopted a resolution, “calling on their respective governments and relevant stakeholders to ensure that the right to privacy and transparency are fully respected throughout the design, operation and ongoing evolution of a digital identity ecosystem.”

The European Commission published a report“on the application of data protection rules for EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies” that “presents an overview on the application of the EUDPR by EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies (EUIBs) and on the EDPS’s activities.”

In a fact sheet, the Biden Administration lauded ongoing efforts to improve United States (U.S.) and identified areas of future efforts, including: “bring[ing] together companies, associations and government partners to discuss the development of a label for Internet of Things (IoT) devices so that Americans can easily recognize which devices meet the highest cybersecurity standards to protect against hacking and other cyber vulnerabilities.

The Biden Administration announced that “members of the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) Task Force met virtually for their tenth public meeting.” The White House added that “[a]s the penultimate convening of the Task Force before the submission of its final report to the President and Congress in December 2022, the meeting focused on refining details of the implementation plan related to the standup timeline, security requirements, data resources, and administrative home for the envisioned NAIRR.”

The United States (U.S.) Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a “new Workforce Planning Guide for states and territories to use when planning high-speed Internet deployment projects.”

The United Kingdom’s (UK) Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) warned “organisations to assess the public risks of using emotion analysis technologies, before implementing these systems.” The ICO continued “[o]rganisations that do not act responsibly, posing risks to vulnerable people, or fail to meet ICO expectations will be investigated.” The agency published two new reports “to support businesses navigating the use of emerging biometrics technologies.”

United States (U.S.) Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and U.S. Representatives Kathy Castor (D-FL) and Lori Trahan (D-MA) sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan “urg[ing] the Commission to update rules issued under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).”

The White House’s Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD) “convened government and private-sector leaders in a forum focused on cybersecurity issues in the electric vehicle (EV) and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) ecosystem.”

The United Kingdom’s House of Commons’ Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee “urged the Government to publish a draft Digital Markets Bill that would help deter predatory practices by big tech firms ‘without delay’.”

The United States (U.S.) Department of Commerce “appointed 16 experts for the new Internet of Things Advisory Board (IoTAB), to advise the Internet of Things Federal Working Group” that “includes a wide range of stakeholders outside of the federal government with expertise relating to the Internet of Things (IoT).”

The United States (U.S.) National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) submitted a report to Congress regarding implementation of the “Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act” (CSEA), namely on the Spectrum Relocation Fund (SRF) that “provides a centralized and streamlined funding mechanism through which federal agencies can recover the costs associated with relocating their radio communications systems or sharing the reallocated spectrum.”

The United States (U.S.) Government Accountability Office (GAO) published the following reports: “Critical Infrastructure Protection: Additional Federal Coordination Is Needed to Enhance K-12 Cybersecurity” and “Information Technology: Education Needs to Address Student Aid Modernization Weaknesses.”

The United States (U.S.) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a Private Industry Notification “concerning ongoing hack-and-leak cyber operations conducted by Iranian cyber group Emennet Pasargad.”

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) published its annual report for 2021-22.

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Further Reading

Meta’s Zuckerberg sounds positive note on metaverse bet amid revenue decline” By Naomi Nix — Washington Post

Facebook Parent Meta Shares Fall to New Multiyear Lows” By Will Feuer — Wall Street Journal

From dance videos to global sensation: what you need to know about TikTok’s rise” By Kari Paul; “Revealed: how coyotes and scammers use TikTok to sell migrants the American dream” By Johana Bhuiyan; “How TikTok’s algorithm made it a success: ‘It pushes the boundaries’” By Alex Hern; “‘We risk another crisis’: TikTok in danger of being major vector of election misinformation” By Kari Paul — The Guardian

Inside the Dems’ elaborate attempt to woo TikTok influencers” By Taylor Lorenz — Washington Post

Huawei Posts Rare Climb in Revenue as Business Stabilizes” By Dan Strumpf — Wall Street Journal

Meta fined $24.7M for campaign finance disclosure violations” — Associated Press

Senator Questions Zuckerberg About Facebook’s Collection of “Sensitive Health Information”” By Todd Feathers and Simon Fondrie-Teitler — The Markup

The US unofficial position on upcoming EU Artificial Intelligence rules” By Luca Bertuzzi — Euractiv

Chip Makers, Once in High Demand, Confront Sudden Challenges” By Don Clark — New York Times

US and Allies Developing Deal on Export Controls Targeting China’s Chip Access” By Edward Graham — Nextgov

Big Tech is failing to fight election lies, civil rights groups charge” By Naomi Nix — Washington Post

Everything you need to know about The Wire’s retracted reporting on Meta” By Emma Roth — The Verge

She clicked sign-in with Google. Strangers got access to all her files.” By Geoffrey A. Fowler — Washington Post

Ex-WSJ reporter says he was framed in elaborate 'hack-and-smear' operation” By Jessica Lyons Hardcastle — The Register

FBI warns Iranian hackers are active ahead of elections” By Kevin Collier — NBC News

Lawmakers to start work on anti-SLAPP, stakeholders warn just ‘first step’” By Molly Killeen — Euractiv

Coming Events

§ 27 October

o   The United States (U.S.) Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB) will hold a meeting.

o   The United States (U.S.) Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will hold an open meeting with this agenda.

§ 28 October

o   The California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) will hold a board meeting with this agenda.

§ 29 October

o   The California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) will hold a board meeting with this agenda.

§ 1 November

o   The United States (U.S.) Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will hold PrivacyCon with this agenda.

§ 4 November

o The California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) will hold a board meeting with this agenda.

§ 1 February 2023

o   The Colorado Attorney General will hold a rulemaking hearing on the draft regulations proposed to implement the “Colorado Privacy Act.”

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