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Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of Internet Insider.
We have a a lot of news for your today including data privacy in femtechyet another vaccine conspiracy theoryand why Dracula is all over your feeds.
Additionally, my weekly “Tech Analysis” column breaks down the Recent FTC settlement with an ISP more claims it distorted his internet speeds.
Let’s dive into it.
DATA CONFIDENTIALITY: In the wake of the leak of a proposed Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe vs. Wade, concerns have been raised about femtech app data privacy that allow people to track their periods, body temperature, fertile windows, ovulation dates, and more. As our contributing writer Agnes Arnold-Forster written, this technology presents “a serious potential risk to user privacy.” You can read the whole story here.
CONSPIRACY: Conspiracy theorists are once again misinterpreting the data on the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine after the recent publication of a batch of documents. The version sparked a viral hashtag where conspiracy theorists and anti-vaccine advocates spreading sensational allegations. See our report on their complaints here.
DRACULA: You may have noticed that “Dracula” been trending online this weekend. No, it wasn’t a new movie announcement or anything like that. Our cultural journalist Gavia dig why”Daily Dracula” is all on your timelines and feeds.
FTC approves massive settlement with ISP over allegations of fake internet speeds
the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and two California law enforcement agencies approved a multi-million dollar settlement with Border communications after that, the internet service provider was sued last year and accused of having false declaration his internet service speeds.
In May of last year, the FTC and six states alleged that Frontier advertised and sold internet speeds based on download speeds, but it did not provide customers with the promised speeds. In fact, the FTC alleged the speeds “often well below what was announced in the plans” that customers have purchased.
Under the proposed order, the FTC said Frontier “be prohibited from misleading consumers about its slow internet serviceand would beneeded to back up its speed claims.” The ISP will also need to provide current customers with a easy and free way for them to cancel their service when it does not meet the promised speeds.
“Frontier lied about his speeds and scammed customers by charging high-speed prices for slow service,” Samuel Levine, director of the FTC’s Consumer Protection Bureau, said in A declaration. “Today’s proposed order requires Frontier to back up its high-speed claims. It also arms customers lured into Frontier’s lies with free and easy options to ditch their slow service.
The command will also force Frontier to substantiate its internet speed claims on a customer-by-customer basis and notify customers when it is unable to do so; for make sure it can provide internet speeds it advertises before signing up, upgrading or charging new customers; and pay $8.5 million in civil penalties to two California law enforcement agencies.
In addition, Frontier shall deploy a fiber optic Internet service for 60,000 residential pitches in California over the next four years, which the FTC predicts will cost between $50 million and $60 million.
In a statement to CNETFrontier said it settled the lawsuit “in good faith” so it could “focus on our business” because it was in the “best interests of all of our stakeholders, and in particular our customers.”
When the FTC first announced the lawsuit against Frontier in 2021, then acting chairman of the FTC Rebecca Slaughter mentioned he showed why Federal Communications Commission (FCC) needed to regain its authority on the broadband industrywhich was removed when the Republican-led agency repealed net neutrality rules in 2017.
This feeling is still relevant. The FCC still does not have a full commission of five members because the appointment of Gigi Sohnthe choice of President Joe Biden to fill the agency, has not yet received a vote in the Senate.
Once the FCC is fully staffed, it is widely expected that it would be seek to reinstate net neutrality rules and the agency’s broadband authority.
— Andrew Wyrich
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