Three Things in Tech to Know This Week
By Wes O’Donnell. Managing Editor, InCyberDefense.com.
1. Google, the parent company of YouTube, will pay $170 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that You Tube illegally collected kids’ data without parental consent. As part of the settlement, YouTube will be required to develop an algorithm that better identifies videos that have “child-directed content.”
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In addition, YouTube will stop serving targeted ads on children’s videos, a move that could cost the company up to $50 million per year.
Google has 30 days to make its payments to the Federal Trade Commission and the New York Attorney General.
2. Tech giants and national security officials meet to discuss election meddling strategies ahead of the 2020 election. On Wednesday, representatives from the FBI, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spoke with staff from Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter.
According to CNN, the California meeting comes 14 months before the 2020 presidential election. Earlier this year, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned that foreign influence campaigns targeting the U.S. have continued “virtually unabated.”
3. Twitter disables tweeting via SMS after its CEO Jack Dorsey is hacked. According to the Verge, Dorsey’s Twitter account was hacked on Friday afternoon by a group that calls itself the Chuckle Squad.
As a result, Twitter has disabled the ability to tweet via text messages after the hackers used Dorsey’s account to make racial slurs and call in a bomb threat. Twitter also said that it will work to improve its two-factor authentication system.