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Regulation

After years of moving fast and breaking things, governments around the world are waking up to the dangers of uncontrolled tech platforms and starting to think of ways to rein in those platforms. Sometimes, that means data privacy measures like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) or more recent measures passed in the wake of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal. On the smaller side, it takes the form of specific ad restrictions, transparency measures, or anti-tracking protocols. With such a broad problem, nearly any solution is on the table. It’s still too early to say whether those measures will be focused on Facebook, Google, or the tech industry at large. At the same time, conservative lawmakers are eager to use accusations of bias as a way to influence moderation policy, making the specter of strong regulation all the more controversial. Whatever next steps Congress and the courts decide to take, you can track the latest updates here.

California passes law targeting Amazon labor algorithms

Facebook will open its fiber networks to expand broadband access in rural Virginia

Treasury sanctions cryptocurrency exchange to fight ransomware attacks

Senate Democrats call on FTC to fix data privacy ‘crisis’

US agencies reportedly split over blacklisting Huawei hardware spinoff

Treasury to issue new cryptocurrency sanctions after ransomware attacks

Joe Biden to nominate facial recognition critic to FTC

Kids in China now restricted to just 3 hours of online gaming per week

Controversial crypto rules remain in infrastructure bill after House vote

Conservative pranksters face $5 million proposed fine over robocalls

Cryptocurrency supporters are in the middle of their first big fight in Congress

Verizon vows to protect Tracfone’s low-income users in new merger promise

Senators target Apple’s App Store exclusivity in new bill

Gaming companies should avoid predatory designs, lawmakers say

Senate cryptocurrency tax reporting deal fails

SEC charges crypto exchange execs for the first time over unregistered token sales

SEC chair calls for more power to regulate cryptocurrency

Senate negotiators release bipartisan infrastructure bill

White House says infrastructure deal includes $65 billion for broadband

FTC pledges to fight unlawful right to repair restrictions

Biden says platforms like Facebook are ‘killing people’ with COVID-19 misinformation

Virginia will invest $700 million to bring broadband to every household in the state

US sanctions a Chinese facial recognition company with Silicon Valley funding

Minimum broadband speeds are likely too low, government watchdog says

Maine passes the strongest state facial recognition ban yet

Federal agencies use facial recognition from private companies, but almost nobody is keeping track

Juul settles with North Carolina in first teen vaping lawsuit

Federal court dismisses FTC’s bid to unwind Instagram from Facebook

Tech antitrust pioneer Lina Khan will officially lead the FTC

How Joe Biden’s order could be bad news for TikTok

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Biden revokes and replaces Trump orders banning TikTok and WeChat

MoviePass settles with FTC over fraud and data security failures