Tick-Tock Reprieve: US Government Grants Two Week Extension to Find American Buyer, Raises Data Concerns
- The Trump Administration was set to ban Tick-Tock, a Chinese-owned mobile phone application, until Friday when the US government granted it a two-week reprieve to find an American buyer
- 50 million Americans spend nearly an hour each day on the app, which is used for preening and dancing, but is also a data collection tool that gives China access to vast swaths of information from its users
- Khankitchens, Director of Technology policy at the Heritage Foundation, claims that this relationship with China is concerning
- Cara Frederick, who previously worked in US intelligence and Special Operations in Afghanistan, says that this data collection is invasive
- Josh Hawley has called out Big Tech companies like Google and Facebook and now Tick Tock, brings up concerns about nation-state adversaries using the data
- Bill dossiers are being built on every American with access to the app.
A Monopoly in Search: Examining Googles Acquisition of Companies in Light of Tick Tock
- Tick Tock has become a popular, go-to platform for creators and older users worldwide
- Bite Dance is a Chinese company that developed the algorithm behind Tick Tock and has become its parent company
- Despite suspicion of China’s involvement with Tick Tock, Vanessa Papas (Interim CEO) states that the platform’s data is not accessible to the Chinese government
- Google has acquired numerous companies since going public in 2004, such as YouTube and Android, without government interference
- Geary Reebok (Anti-Trust lawyer) believes Google to be a monopoly in search and search advertising.
Googles Controversial Monopoly: The Battle for Internet Control
- Google has a dominant share of the world’s internet searches and worldwide ad revenue
- They can target users down to specifics and control what information is seen at the top of search pages, leaving little room for competitors to compete
- Google has been accused of anti-competitive behavior like stealing content from competitors, which was investigated by the Federal Trade Commission in 2011 but never resulted in an anti-trust lawsuit
- Google has a great deal of political influence, using lobbying and funding think tanks to have a seat at the table when it comes to policy decisions.
Europes Aggressive Push Against Big Tech: EU Commissioner Takes Hard Line Action
- Margaret Vestiger, competition commissioner for the European Union, is taking aggressive action against big tech
- Vestiger has found Facebook owing 122 million dollars for a merger violation and Apple owing 15 billion in taxes
- She levied a record 2.7 billion dollar fine against Google for depriving certain competitors of a chance to compete
- Google manipulates its algorithm to promote its own products and services, sending competitors into obscurity
- The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) was created to ensure that consumers, not tech companies, have control over personal information
- Europeans have the right to access and delete data collected about them from big tech companies but Americans currently have no such rights.
European Tech Giants Grapple with Privacy Legislation in the Wake of GDPR
- Tech companies have been collecting information on users without limits until GDPR
- Google’s Android OS requires permission from users to activate, a decision which may be coerced
- Max Schremms has been working to enforce privacy laws since 2011, and Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon is working with tech companies to comply with the new European Law
- Other countries have adopted similar legislation, and some Tech giants are now in support of similar US legislation which would give Americans reasonable access to their information.
Privacy Laws: European Rights vs American Rights
- Jeff Chester argues that companies want people to believe that privacy laws are being cooperated with, but are only complying when forced by law
- Europeans have the right to demand their personal information from companies
- People can download and delete their personal information if they choose, and cancel their accounts if they wish
- However, companies do not intend to support a law that stops them from collecting user data, thus Americans do not have the same rights as Europeans.