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Facebook, Amazon and others are accused of using Facebook ads to exclude older Americans from jobs
Three workers and a large union have sued T-Mobile, Amazon, Facebook, and other corporations, accusing them of using Facebook’s ad targeting tools to exclude older Americans from job opportunities.
In the age discrimination suit, the plaintiffs cited a T-Mobile job ad, which was targeted to Facebook users ages 18-38. Facebook, which is also named as a defendant, targeted job ads to people ages 21-55, according to a screenshot in the legal filing.
The lawsuit takes issue with a practice -- the targeting of ads by age and demographics -- that is ubiquitous in online advertising and is not limited to Facebook.
Facebook is defending the ads, saying that “used responsibly, age-based targeting for employment purposes is an accepted industry practice.”
Report: Romanian hackers infiltrated DC's outdoor surveillance cameras
Two Romanian hackers infiltrated nearly two-thirds of the outdoor surveillance cameras in Washington, DC, as part of an extortion scheme, according to federal court documents.
In a criminal complaint, the U.S. government alleges that the two Romanian hackers operating outside the United States infiltrated 65% of the outdoor surveillance cameras operated by DC city police.
The hacking suspects, Mihai Alexandru Isvanca and Eveline Cismaru, are also accused of using the computers behind the surveillance cameras to distribute ransomware through spam emails, according to an affidavit, which alleges the hackers meant to use the malware to lock victims' computers and then extort payments from them to regain access.
Uber’s loss in Europe shows transatlantic split over technology
A European Union decision to treat Uber Technologies Inc. like a taxi company spotlights a transatlantic divide over how governments cope with disruptive technologies and could embolden U.S. cities to restrict the ride-sharing service.
The EU ruling could inspire some cities that have already had a prickly relationship with the ride-sharing services. San Francisco’s city attorney is investigating whether Uber’s service is a public nuisance. In New York, officials are mulling ways to tighten controls. And Seattle has passed an ordinance to make it easier for Uber drivers to unionize.
Uber’s EU case has been closely watched by the technology industry because of its precedent for regulating the gig economy, where freelancers make money by plying everything from spare rooms to fast-food deliveries via apps on smartphones.
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