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  1. Just as you suspected, Big Tech is dominated by monopolies, a House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee found. After more than a year of investigating Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon’s behavior, lawmakers released a 449-page report with their findings on Tuesday, complete with recommendations that the four companies be broken up to make the market more competitive. The committee found that each company dominated its respective markets—Facebook in social networking, Google in general online search and search advertising, Amazon in online retail, and Apple
  2. Amazon has “failed to provide sufficient answers” about its controversial facial recognition software, Rekognition — and lawmakers won’t take the company’s usual silent treatment for an answer. The letter, signed by eight lawmakers — including Sen. Edward Markey and Reps. John Lewis and Judy Chu — called on Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos to explain how the company’s technology works — and where it will be used. It comes after the cloud and retail giant secured several high-profile contracts with the U.S. government and at least one major metropolitan cit
  3. Saying there is no legal reason why Ajit Pai should rebuff an invitation to brief lawmakers during the government shutdown, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Monday criticized the FCC head for refusing to appear for a briefing about the ongoing controversy over wireless carriers disclosing to unauthorized parties the real-time location of American consumers. President Donald Trump talks with Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Saying there is no legal reason why Ajit Pai should rebuff an invitation to brief lawmakers
  4. A bipartisan group of US Congress members calls Apple's removal of the HKmap.live app "deeply concerning." In a Friday letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, a bipartisan group of US Congress members criticized the tech giant's decision to remove HKmap.live, an app used by protesters in Hong Kong, from the App Store. "Apple's decision last week to accommodate the Chinese government by taking down HKMaps is deeply concerning," reads the letter. "We urge you in the strongest terms to reverse course, to demonstrate that Apple puts values above market access, and to sta
  5. Apple iOS 13 offers a host of new privacy and security features that hit out at other big tech firms such as Facebook and Google. However, a new probe by U.S. lawmakers is asking whether iOS 13’s privacy features are anti-competitive. Image: Apple iOS 13 promises to help you take back control of your data with a host of new privacy and security features that impact firms such as Google and Facebook. But lawmakers are questioning Apple’s motives. Privacy advocates have so far congratulated Apple for its iOS 13 features, which include the ability to see and control when a
  6. When Apple CEO Tim Cook privately hosted six Democratic lawmakers at the company's space-age headquarters this spring, he opened the conversation with a plea - for Congress to finally draft privacy legislation after years of federal inaction. Image: Apple displayed its privacy message at the tech conference CES 2019 in January. "It was the first issue he brought up," said Washington Rep. Suzan DelBene, one of the lawmakers who made the trip to Cupertino, California. The Apple chief "really talked about the need for privacy across the board," said DelBene, a former
  7. As the 2020 election looms and legislation to secure voting machines languishes, politicians head to the largest hacking conference in the world for help. For two years in a row, hackers at Defcon have demonstrated that voting machines currently in use in US elections have serious security issues. With the 2020 US presidential election quickly approaching, lawmakers who want to fix those vulnerabilities are heading to the Las Vegas hacking conference, which starts Thursday, to see them in person. Many lawmakers have wanted to pass an election security bill since
  8. Two House lawmakers are pushing an amendment that would effectively defund a massive data collection program run by the National Security Agency unless the government promises to not intentionally collect data of Americans. The bipartisan amendment — just 15 lines in length — would compel the government to not knowingly collect communications — like emails, messages and browsing data — on Americans without a warrant. Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI, 3rd) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA, 19th) have already garnered the support from some of the largest civil liberties and ri
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