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Google accused of manipulation to track users

OSLO: Seven European consumer groups filed complaints against Google with national regulators Tuesday, accusing the internet giant of covertly tracking users' movements in violation of an EU regulation on data protection. The complaints cited a study by the Norwegian Consumer Council that concluded the Internet giant used "deceptive design and misleading information, which results in users accepting to be constantly tracked." Council official Gro Mette Moen charged that "Google uses extremely detailed and comprehensive…

Facebook is hiring 1000 people to thwart election manipulation

CALIFORNIA: Facebook on Monday said it will hire more than 1,000 people to thwart deceptive ads crafted to knock elections off course. The announcement came as the leading social network turned over to Congress some 3,000 Russia-linked ads that appeared to use hot-button issues to turn people against one another ahead of last year's US election. "Today we are delivering those ads to congressional investigators," Facebook vice president of global policy Joel Kaplan said in an online post. "Many appear to amplify…

SECP orders stockbrokers investigated for market manipulation

KARACHI: The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan on Saturday announced it had ordered an investigation into brokers suspected of market manipulation on the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX). It did not name the brokers, but issued a strongly worded statement describing their tactics to manipulate prices on the PSX over several years. "These securities brokers deliberately interfered with the workings of the market to defraud investors," it said in a statement. It said the brokers entered bids and offers with…