European Union mandates network privacy in wake of ‘deep fake’ technology

European Union mandates network privacy in wake of ‘deep fake’ technology

The European Commission has taken proactive measures to address the risks associated with artificial intelligence publications by sending questionnaires to eight major technology companies such as Google, Facebook, TikTok, Microsoft, and Twitter. These companies are required to provide detailed information on how they contain the risks of AI publications by the end of April. The European Commission, which represents 27 countries, has gained new regulatory powers through the Digital Services Law to ensure the safety of users online.

In addition to technology giants, the Commission is also scrutinizing Chinese e-commerce platform AliExpress for potential breaches of consumer protection laws. The Commission has initiated formal proceedings to investigate whether AliExpress has allowed the sale of dangerous products, including counterfeit drugs and access to child pornography. Furthermore, the Commission will review measures taken by AliExpress to prevent influencers from advertising illegal or harmful products. AliExpress has responded by stating that it complies with rules and regulations in the markets it operates in.

Moreover, the Commission has requested information from LinkedIn on its compliance with regulations regarding the prohibition of providing personal data such as sexual orientation, race, and political opinions. This comes in the wake of Apple announcing that it will allow the downloading of applications from sources outside its own app store. Apple’s decision follows a hefty fine imposed by the European Union for abusing its dominant position in the application market, highlighting the impact of the Digital Markets Act. This legislation aims to promote fair competition by requiring large technology companies to open up their platforms to smaller competitors.

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