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  1. China says TikTok's creator and LinkedIn are violating data privacy laws The app makers have 15 working days to fix issues. A host of major app developers will have to rethink their data collection habits, at least in China. The South China Morning Post reports that the Chinese government has named and shamed 105 apps for allegedly violating laws and privacy through their data collection and usage. ByteDance caught flak for Douyin, the China-oriented equivalent to TikTok, while Microsoft faced similar accusations for LinkedIn and Bing. Other prominent examples include the short video app Kuaishou, Baidu's mobile web browser and the streaming music service Kugou. All the developers have 15 days to fix their claimed privacy violations. We've asked Microsoft for comment. The crackdown is the latest and most significant after new privacy regulations took effect on May 1st limiting the scope of data collection. The SCMP notes that it's also part of a larger effort to rein in technology companies, particularly Chinese firms. China's government wants to clean up business on its terms — and while this might have positive effects on privacy and competition, it's also prompting companies to make big changes on short notice. Source: China says TikTok's creator and LinkedIn are violating data privacy laws
  2. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior Democratic U.S. senator on Thursday unveiled draft legislation that would allow hefty fines and as much as 20-year prison terms for executives who violate privacy and cybersecurity standards. Senator Ron Wyden released a draft of legislation that would grant the Federal Trade Commission authority to write privacy regulations. The measure would also allow maximum fines of 4 percent of revenue - matching European rules adopted earlier this year. “It’s time for some sunshine on this shadowy network of information sharing,” Wyden said in a statement. “My bill creates radical transparency for consumers, gives them new tools to control their information and backs it up with tough rules.” Data privacy has become an increasingly important issue since massive breaches compromised the personal information of millions of U.S. internet and social media users, as well as breaches involving large retailers and credit reporting agency Equifax Inc. Wyden would also create a national “Do Not Track” system to stop companies from tracking internet users by sharing or selling data and targeting advertisements based on their personal information. The bill would also subject senior executives at companies with privacy violations to fines of $5 million or more. Facebook Inc , the world’s largest social media network, said earlier this year that the personal information of about 70 million U.S. users was improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. It said last month that cyber attackers stole data from 29 million Facebook accounts using an automated program that moved from one friend to the next. In September, Amazon.com Inc , Alphabet Inc , Apple Inc , AT&T Inc , Charter Communications Inc and Twitter Inc all told senators they would back new federal privacy regulations. Senator John Thune, who chairs the Commerce Committee, is also working on privacy legislation. The Internet Association, which represents more than 40 major internet and technology companies, backs modernizing data privacy rules but wants a national approach that would pre-empt new regulations in California that take effect in 2020. The Trump administration is also seeking comments on how to set nationwide data privacy rules. The European Union General Data Protection Regulation took effect in May, replacing the bloc’s patchwork of rules dating back to 1995. Breaking EU privacy laws can result in fines of up to 4 percent of global revenue or 20 million euros ($22.8 million), whichever is higher, as opposed to a few hundred thousand euros. Source
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