Facebook Data Sharing With Huawei Could Lead to New Regulations

Today’s topics include Facebook’s recent data sharing scandal possibly resulting in new regulations, and Motorola releasing its Moto Z3 Play smartphone.

Recent disclosures about Facebook sharing data with Chinese cell phone maker Huawei is getting close scrutiny from Congress, which could result in significant regulations on the technology industry.

While the situation with Huawei was no different than it was with other phone makers and there’s nothing to indicate a special deal or anything nefarious, Facebook’s suspicious sidestepping actions appear as if the company had something to hide, resulting in the situation being labeled a secret arrangement.

Considering the entire U.S. House of Representatives and a third of the Senate will be up for election on Nov. 6, Republicans may feel pressure to quickly pass privacy regulations before the election, and the fear is that this could result in poorly understood and crafted legislation that could significantly hurt the tech industry.

Motorola has announced its latest smartphone, the Moto Z3 Play, and it comes with a 6.01-inch Super AMOLED Full HD+ display, dual main cameras and a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor.

The Moto Z3 Play will be available in the U.S. this summer as a bundle with a special expanded battery Moto Mod pack for $499 through Sprint and U.S. Cellular, and will also be available unlocked through retailers including Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Fry’s and B&H Photo as well as Prime Exclusive Phone on Amazon.com.

The handset also features 4GB of memory, 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage, a microSD slot for expandable storage cards of up to 2TB, a fingerprint reader and facial unlocking capabilities for security.