Facebook’s Meta Fined 265 Million Euros, New Study Finds Smartphone Addiction Linked to Low Self-Esteem and Other Negative Cognitive Outcomes, and FCC Bans Sale and Import of certain Chinese technologies.
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On Monday, Facebook’s Meta was fined 265 million euros for failing to better protect more than half a billion users’ phone numbers and other information from so-called data scrapers. According The Wall Street Journal, the fine imposed by the Irish Data Protection Commission, Meta’s main privacy regulator in the EU, is the latest indication of how authorities in the region are becoming more aggressive in enforcing the law. on block privacy to big tech companies. A spokesperson for Meta said the company will review Monday’s decision but has not yet decided whether it intends to appeal. “Unauthorized data scraping is unacceptable and against our policies,” he said. It is the third time that Ireland has fined Meta and its subsidiaries, such as WhatsApp and Instagram, in a privacy case in the last 15 months, bringing the combined financial penalties to the equivalent of more than $900 million.
New research reveals that problematic smartphone use is linked to low self-esteem as well as negative cognitive outcomes. The study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, shows that people with smartphone addiction tend to report more loneliness and experience deficits in self-regulation. People with phone addiction are also more likely to experience withdrawal symptoms when their smartphone use is restricted. An experiment of 111 participants aged 18-65 showed that participants with higher levels of smartphone addiction tended to exhibit working memory, visual reaction time, auditory reaction time, ability to inhibit lower motor response and behavioral inhibition compared to participants with lower smartphone levels. addiction.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has banned the import and sale of certain Chinese technology equipment, saying they pose “an unacceptable risk to national security”. In a statement on Twitter, FCC Commissioner Brandan Carr noted that the commission’s unanimous decision was the first time in US history that it had voted to ban the authorization of equipment for national security reasons. According to an article by The Hill, the ban prohibits the approval of equipment from Huawei and ZTE, and equipment from Dahua, Hikvision and Hytera can only be approved for import and sale if they satisfy the FCC that their equipment will not be used for public purposes. safety, security of government facilities or for other national security purposes.
Bionaut Lab, the team responsible for creating Apple’s Face ID is creating a new medical development – tiny robots injected into the skull to deliver drugs directly to the brain. Robots of only a few millimeters will be projected into the patients’ skulls. Using magnetic propulsion, they will navigate to the affected area of the brain, release the drug, and then return to the needle site for extraction. According Nasdaqthe lab’s co-founder, Michael Shpigelmacher, told the Financial Times that the idea came to him while thinking about how most pills and inoculations travel throughout the body, sometimes causing unpleasant side effects..
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