Facebook reportedly faces EU antitrust scrutiny over its Libra cryptocurrency
Regulatory scrutiny of Libra heats up.
Google 's bid to encrypt domain name requests appears to be raising hackles among American officials. After Math: The New York AG sues Dunkin Donuts over hacking charges. Google might not have much to worry about, though, as it's not the only one pushing for the same encryption .
Google , Facebook and Amazon have come under intense bipartisan criticism, and There has been a wave of new antitrust scrutiny into tech companies in Washington, including a Senate hearing in May on digital advertising that featured accusations that Google engaged in anticompetitive practices.
Google's plans to use a new Internet Protocol has raised concerns among congressional antitrust investigators who worry it could give the company an unfair competitive advantage, the reported Sunday. Investigators want to know whether Google will use any data collected through the new protocol for commercial purposes.
Investigators for the House Judiciary Committee asked Google in a Sept. 13 letter for information about its "decision regarding whether to adopt or promote the adoption" of the protocol, the Journal reported.
The new standard, called DNS over TLS, aims to improve internet privacy and security by encrypting traffic, hampering hackers' ability to spoof websites. The company plans to begin testing the new protocol with users of its Chrome browser next month.
is on the front burner these days as consumers come to grips with understanding just how much data companies have gathered from them. Facebook is still dealing with the , in which the UK-based company obtained data on 87 million people without their permission.
Google acknowledges DOJ scrutiny as part of competition review
Google has confirmed that it's one of the targets of the Justice Department's review of competition in tech. The search firm has revealed that DOJ officials asked it to provide information about "past investigations," with an SEC filing also referencing the request. It expected state attorneys general to make similar demands in the future, and planned to work "constructively" with regulators. This doesn't mean the DOJ expects to find wrongdoing. The review is largely intended to reexamine tech companies' dominance in light of evolving market conditions.
South Korea is considering whether Google is violating antitrust laws, the country’s Fair Trade Commission said—a fresh headache for Google parent Alphabet in a key Asian market.
Google Inc. is back under U.S. antitrust scrutiny EU Investigation. The latest FTC scrutiny comes after Europe’s antitrust chief challenged Mountain Staff members had recommended bringing an antitrust case against Google , arguing it had unlawfully maintained a monopoly over Internet search
But the new standard could alter internet competition, with cable and wireless companies being cut off from much of users' valuable DNS surfing data. That would give Google an unfair advantage in user data, companies worry.
Leaders of the House Judiciary Committee are conducting anof Google, as well as Apple, Amazon and Facebook, exploring competition in online markets and whether big tech companies are engaging in "anti-competitive conduct."
The House probe comes as tech giants faces a flood of scrutiny from government regulators, who've targeted tech companies over, and .
Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Censorship: Beijing seriously upsets the use of WhatsApp in China
The Chinese government seeks to strengthen its control on the web before a major political meeting.
More paranoid than ever before, Chinese censors are constantly nibbling ground. The latest offensive, the WhatsApp messaging service has been severely disrupted in China in recent days, many users have not been able to use it since last weekend. After Google, Facebook or Twitter, some fear that the popular application is in turn banned from the Middle Kingdom, which would bring an additional blow to the freedom of communication within the country, but also with the foreigner.
The Open Observatory of Network, an international NGO specializing in the detection of censorship, believes that the Chinese government has started blocking WhatsApp since Sunday. On Tuesday, text messages and phone calls could be sent again, but sending photos or voice mail was, for the most part, impossible.Content angry
This restriction comes just weeks before the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which will start on October 18th, during which Xi Jinping should see his mandate extended for five years and much of the leadership will be renewed . The Chinese authorities are in the habit of filtering all content that may create the slightest stir during major political meetings or symbolic dates.
For the time being, WhatsApp has not been permanently banned. But such a measure, which would force to switch from the US application toSeveral Giants of the Chinese Internet Fined , would be far from harmless. Conversations on WhatsApp - owned by the US Facebook - indeed use a powerful encryption system, which complicates the task of censors, while the authorities manage much more easily to control the hundreds of millions of users of the application WeChat , much more cooperative, including erasing all content that annoys in conversations.
While the Chinese web was already subject to a formidable censorship, the government has tightened the screw in recent months: millions of content have been removed since this summer. But this vigorous broomstick was deemed insufficient by the authorities, who have imposed heavy fines on several giants of the local internet, accused of not having sufficiently filtered their contents. The reproaches that are made to them are as moral as they are political. WeChat, run by Tencent, is guilty of allowing "violent or terrorist, obscene or pornographic content" and rumors to spread. What "endanger national security" and "social order," hammered the Administration of the Internet. It is also criticized by Weibo (the Chinese Twitter), words "inciting ethnic hatred"; and the Tieba discussion forum, comments promoting "terrorism". Good student,, owner of the site, promised to "actively cooperate" with the authorities to "purge the bad information". China had already set up a "Great Electronic Wall", which forbids access to all content deemed politically sensitive. But it has increased its control by adopting in June a law on cybersecurity, which track down any remarks undermining "national honor" or "disturbing the economic and social order".
That did not stop the critics from multiplying Tuesday on Weibo. "The electronic wall is higher and higher, but it will crumble sooner or later," irritated a surfer. "Many people in international business work with WhatsApp: it does not matter?" Asked a second, reflecting the opinion of many entrepreneurs based in China. "I will have to ask my foreign customers to download WeChat!", Adds a third, while another ironically provides a retreat on the "racing pigeons".
In this repressive context, some Chinese netizens are also worried about Beijing's threat to ban the use of unauthorized "virtual private networks" (VPNs), which allow users to connect to officially blocked sites. A significant first step has been taken since Apple agreed in late July to remove from its Chinese "app store" most applications giving access to a virtual private network (VPN).
Antitrust investigation of Google reportedly expands to Android .
Tonight CNBC reports that an ongoing antitrust investigation of Google undertaken by 50 attorneys general is expanding. While it started by looking into Google's advertising business, it has apparently, as expected, expanded its scope to include search and the Android platform. Over the years Google has reached into more services -- next up: checking -- and platforms with increasingly deep ties to one another, and as the investigation concerns the use of customer data, it seems obvious that it will reach every part of the company eventually.The 48 state AGs, as well as two representing Washington D.C.