June 23, 2024

Sen. Schumer Vows to Get Kids Online Safety Act Passed

The bill is designed to establish safeguards and accountability measures to protect children from the harms associated with social media and other platforms. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has vowed to get the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) over the finish line in the Senate. The bill is designed to establish safeguards and accountability […]

June 22, 2024

Low Earth Orbit Satellites Become Focus of US-China Aerospace Competition

Commentary SpaceX’s Starlink satellites, though primarily a civilian communications system, played an unparalleled military role in the Russian-Ukrainian war. In light of this, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ramped up its own Starlink program, with a new goal of launching 26,000 low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites into space over the next decade. This ambitious plan is […]

June 22, 2024

Cyberattack Shuts Down Car Dealership Systems Across US

‘We are once again proactively shutting down most of our systems,’ CDK Global said. A cyberattack against software provider CDK Global, which serves thousands of car dealerships across the United States, has been followed by a second cyber incident, leading to outages. A first cyberattack affected the company earlier this week, the company said. However, […]

June 21, 2024

Judge Gives Green Light to Child Privacy Lawsuit Against Google

A proposed class action lawsuit accusing Alphabet Inc.’s Google of violating multiple laws—including those aimed at protecting children online—can move forward, a California federal judge ruled on June 18. U.S. District Judge P. Casey Pitts for the US District Court for the Northern District of California denied the tech giant’s efforts to dismiss the claims […]

June 20, 2024

Brands Failing Customers on Smart Tech Security Support, Says Consumer Watchdog

Nearly a quarter of brands did not have the support documents informing consumers how long their goods are protected for. Major technology brands are failing to inform customers how long smart products will be supported with “vital” security updates before being at risk from hacking, a consumer organisation said on Thursday. Which? said its survey […]

June 20, 2024

How States Responded to the Opposition’s Nuclear Alternative to Net Zero

South Australia’s opposition leader displayed the most overt support for nuclear energy. Australian state leaders have responded to federal Opposition Leader Peter Dutton’s plan to construct seven nuclear power plants across the country if elected. The Liberal-National Coalition is proposing to replace retiring coal-fired power stations with nuclear facilities, as an alternative path towards net […]

June 19, 2024

FTC Refers TikTok Complaint to DOJ Following Investigation

‘The investigation uncovered reason to believe named defendants are violating or are about to violate the law,’ the FTC stated. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on June 18 referred a complaint against TikTok and its parent company, ByteDance, to the Department of Justice (DOJ), stating that an investigation gave them “reason to believe” that possible […]

June 18, 2024

FTC Sues Adobe for Allegedly ‘Trapping’ Customers Into Annual Plans

Adobe charged 50 percent of the ‘remaining contract obligation’ in an annual plan for canceling subscriptions, the lawsuit says. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a lawsuit against tech firm Adobe for allegedly forcing consumers to continue their subscriptions by threatening to impose hefty fees if they tried to cancel the plans. The lawsuit […]

June 18, 2024

Gambling Online With Credit Cards and Digital Currency Banned in Australia

Communications Minister Michelle Rowland said Australians ’should not be gambling with money they do not have.’ A new law that bans Australians from using credit cards and digital currency to gamble online has come into force. Fines of up to $234,750 (US$155,000) also can apply to companies that fail to enforce this ban on credit […]