U.S. government requests for Google, Facebook user data are way up

[ad_1] The U.S. government continues to request more and more user data from the world’s largest tech companies. According to a new study by end-to-end encryption email company ProtonMail, user data requests from the United States government to Google have increased a whopping 510 percent since 2010. And its requests for Facebook data are also…

Amazon won’t say if its facial recognition moratorium applies to the feds – TechCrunch

[ad_1] In a surprise blog post, Amazon said it will put the brakes on providing its facial recognition technology to police for one year, but refuses to say if the move applies to federal law enforcement agencies. The moratorium comes two days after IBM said in a letter it was leaving the facial recognition market…

IBM ends all facial recognition business as CEO calls out bias and inequality – TechCrunch

[ad_1] IBM CEO Arvind Krishna announced today that the company would no longer sell facial recognition services, calling for a “national dialogue” on whether it should be used at all. He also voiced support for a new bill aiming to reduce police violence and increase accountability. In a letter reported by CNBC, written in support…

The FBI is mad because it keeps getting into locked iPhones without Apple’s help – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Riana Pfefferkorn Contributor The debate over encryption continues to drag on without end. In recent months, the discourse has largely swung away from encrypted smartphones to focus instead on end-to-end encrypted messaging. But a recent press conference by the heads of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) showed…

First major GDPR decisions looming on Twitter and Facebook – TechCrunch

[ad_1] The lead data regulator for much of big tech in Europe is moving inexorably towards issuing its first major cross-border GDPR decision — saying today it’s submitted a draft decision related to Twitter’s business to its fellow EU watchdogs for review. “The draft decision focusses on whether Twitter International Company has complied with Articles…

Contact-tracing app caught sharing location data with Foursquare

[ad_1] Contact-tracing apps are problematic, and that’s before they violate their own privacy policies.  The Care19 app, developed for the North Dakota Department of Health by developer ProudCrowd, was intended to assist health officials in their battle against coronavirus by logging users’ location data. In the process, according to a report released Thursday, it also…

Automattic pumps $4.6M into New Vector to help grow Matrix, an open, decentralized comms ecosystem – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Automattic, the open source force behind WordPress .com, WooCommerce, Longreads, Simplenote and Tumblr, has made a $4.6M strategic investment into New Vector — the creators of an open, decentralized communications standard called Matrix. They also develop a Slack rival (Riot) which runs on Matrix. The investment by Automattic, which is at a higher valuation than…

How will Europe’s coronavirus contact-tracing apps work across borders? – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Solutions should allow Member States’ servers to communicate and receive relevant keys between themselves using a trusted and secure mechanism. Roaming users should upload their relevant proximity encounter information to the home country backend. The other Member State(s) should be informed about possible infected or exposed users*. *For roaming users, the question of to…