Posted on 05-22-2020.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has called on the European Commission (EC) to boost the development and implementation of a framework for the regulation of online platforms to promote Western sets of values and leave the Chinese model behind. Zuckerberg delivered his comments during a conversation with Thierry Breton, the European Commissioner for Internal Market, on May 18. The framework he referred to is the European Union Digital Services Act expected to be issued later this year. The document contains a set of safety rules for digital platforms, services, and products.
“It might be attractive in different ways to force everyone to localize data and make it that, basically, you don’t have to respect human rights quite as much. I just think that that’s really dangerous and I worry about that kind of model spreading to other countries. I think the best antidote to that is having a clear regulatory framework that comes out of Western democratic countries.”Zuckerberg suggested that the framework developed by Western countries could become a standard around the world.
“These actors have been observed attempting to identify and illicitly obtain valuable intellectual property and public health data related to vaccines, treatments, and testing from networks and personnel affiliated with COVID-19-related research,” the statement said.Moreover, tech giant Google detected more than a dozen of state-backed hacking groups using the coronavirus outbreak as cover for developing phishing emails and distributing malware, in late April. The hackers lured users to click malicious links and download files. Also, Google’s findings discovered that attackers impersonated health organizations in an attempt to trick people into downloading malware. As the EC indicated, “as the amount of digital content available on the Internet grows, current arrangements are likely to be increasingly tested. It is not always easy to define the limits on what intermediaries can do with the content that they transmit, store or host before losing the possibility to benefit from the exemptions from liability set out in the e-Commerce Directive.” Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and join our Telegram channel to know what’s up with crypto and why it’s important.