Privacy Digest 05/24

A new TikTok ban gains steam

The U.S. is intensifying efforts to mandate ByteDance's divestiture of TikTok or enforce a ban, citing national security concerns over Chinese ownership. The bipartisan "Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act" signifies serious intent with rapid committee passage. TikTok criticizes this as a free expression violation. The Biden administration's support and the bill's swift progress hint at a stronger likelihood of significant legislative action this time.

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EU opens investigation into TikTok over online content and child safeguarding

Video platform under scrutiny over potential breach of Digital Services Act in areas such as age verification

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New FBI tactic: Catching suspects with push alerts

Authorities have successfully convinced companies like Google to release data related to push notifications, enabling them to trace child predators by leveraging the embedded code, even within encrypted messaging services. This approach, however, raises concerns about its potential use by law enforcement worldwide to surveil activists and others. This situation might have influenced Apple's decision to revise its law enforcement guidelines, now requiring a court order for the release of users' push notification data.

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10 Reasons You Should Switch From Chrome to Firefox

Firefox outperforms Chrome in efficiency, extending laptop battery life, and offers superior privacy features. Unlike Chrome, it doesn't monitor internet activity for ads and includes advanced privacy controls like container functionality and VPN, significantly improving user privacy and security online.

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How to Best Protect Senior Citizens from Scams

Discover Essential Strategies to Shield Senior Family Members from Online Scammers. As the internet becomes increasingly perilous with each passing day, it's more important than ever to consistently dedicate time to educate and empower our elderly loved ones. Equip them with the knowledge and tools they need to stay safe online with expert guidance, ensuring their protection against the ever-evolving threats posed by cybercriminals.

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