Regulatory Inquiries on Carmakers’ App-Based Tracking Practices

The New York Times reported that internet-connected cars with remote control and tracking apps have been used for stalking and harassment in abusive relationships. Domestic violence survivors and experts have criticized car companies for not taking action to cut off abusers’ digital access to cars, even when the victim has a restraining order or legal judgment. The FCC sent letters to major automakers asking for more information about their connected car apps and their processes for assisting abuse victims. F.C.C. chairwoman, Jessica Rosenworcel, emphasized the need to help survivors stay safe and enforce the Safe Connections Act, while also sending letters to major wireless communications providers. Law professor Thomas Kadri said he was surprised that the law might apply to car manufacturers but hoped the letters would prompt them to consider the potential for stalking and harassment through connected car apps. The F.C.C. requested responses to the letters by the end of the month.

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Moms Managing Girl Influencers: A Marketplace Stalked by Men

Elissa began receiving threatening messages early last year from a person calling themselves “Instamodelfan” targeting her daughter’s Instagram account. Despite having over 100,000 followers, the account has been under scrutiny for potentially exploiting children in exchange for money. However, the issue runs deeper than that. Research from The New York Times found that the platform […]

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Insights from The Times’s Investigation of Child Influencers

Instagram maintains the 13-year-old minimum age for accounts, but parents can take control, largely for their daughters’ ambitions to become influencers. Parents initiate their child’s modeling career or gain favor from clothing brands, but a dark subculture emerges, controlled by men attracted to minors, as per The New York Times. The emergence of mom-run profiles […]

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Rising Threat: China’s Growing Cyber Espionage and the New Vulnerability

Beijing’s Networks Expanding Hacking Efforts China has spread its hacking reach with new tools that exploit computer vulnerabilities and a network of contracted vendors. The large scale of China’s hacking operations poses a significant threat, with the FBI reporting China’s hacking program to be larger than all major nations combined. The U.S. has tracked consistent […]

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