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States and 12 phone carriers agree to implement anti-robocall technology

08/22/2019, 05:08 pm

As Congress considers legislation designed to put an end to robocalling, state attorneys general and 12 telephone companies intend to take action and on Thursday announced an agreement to implement spam call identification and blocking technology.

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DOJ working with state attorneys general on big tech probe

08/20/2019, 08:08 pm

The U.S. Department of Justice is consulting a group of state attorneys general on what promises to be a wide-ranging antitrust probe into major technology industry firms Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

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FTC chief open to tech company breakups over antitrust concerns

08/14/2019, 08:08 am

Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joe Simons is open to the idea of breaking apart giant tech firms like Apple by undoing mergers, if it is determined large entities like Facebook are harming competition across the tech industry as a whole by being too dominant.

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Trump open to China trade deal talks to minimize new tariff impact

08/06/2019, 12:08 pm

New tariffs on Apple products imported to the United States from China are again in question, as White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow suggests President Donald Trump is still open to making a trade deal that could change the situation.

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Law enforcement can get Ring doorbell video by just asking for it [u]

08/06/2019, 08:08 am

Concern has been raised over Amazon's Ring video doorbell and its links to law enforcement, with the assorted tools and partnerships between the retailer and the police considered to be eroding privacy for customers, their neighbors, and anyone who comes into contact with the surveillance devices, with law enforcement officials having relatively easy access to camera footage.

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US states could also investigate Apple & others over antitrust concerns

07/26/2019, 07:07 am

The US Attorney General William Barr has met with a number of state attorneys general on Thursday to talk about Apple and other major tech firms, discussing the impact of the companies on competition and looking into antitrust motions against the firms.

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US Attorney General Barr doubles down on encryption backdoors call

07/23/2019, 03:07 pm

The US Attorney General William Barr has waded into the ongoing encryption debate, claiming the encryption of data is putting the security of America at risk by stopping law enforcement officials from being able to track criminals, and calling for the creation of security-defeating backdoors that somehow do not weaken encryption.

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Apple asks White House not to apply tariffs to Mac Pro parts

07/23/2019, 02:07 pm

Apple has made a request to the Trump Administration to keep parts used in the new Mac Pro from being affected by import tariffs, a move that aims to keep the cost of the premium macOS workstation as low as possible for its release to consumers in the United States.

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Apple in Washington DC for House Judiciary Committee antitrust hearing

07/16/2019, 09:07 am

Executives from Apple and other major tech companies will be answering questions from the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, as part of an investigation into whether dominant firms have too much control, and if there are antitrust concerns that should be addressed.

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Lawmakers suggest Apple could do more to aid privacy reform

07/15/2019, 01:07 pm

Apple's calls for stronger privacy legislation aren't backed up by action, privacy advocates and U.S. Lawmakers suggest, claiming the iPhone maker isn't doing enough to help produce better privacy laws, and in some cases is lobbying against some efforts.

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White House mulls end-to-end encryption ban to aid law enforcement

06/28/2019, 03:06 pm

The Trump administration are looking into the possibility of banning encryption techniques that cannot be broken by law enforcement, a proposal that would weaken encryption as a whole for users and businesses, and could make messaging clients like Apple's iMessage stop using end-to-end encryption.

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US & China trade deal '90% of the way there,' could be completed soon

06/26/2019, 07:06 am

Steven Mnuchin says the US and China are close to concluding a deal that would mean an end to the trade war affecting both countries, and if completed soon, would mean that no tariffs would be applied by the federal government on iPhones, Macs, and other tech products.

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Senators want tech companies to reveal dollar value of user data

06/24/2019, 10:06 am

Major tech companies like Apple will have to reveal how much user data is worth to the company, a bipartisan proposal from senators suggests, with the 'Dashboard Act' requiring firms who make money off data collection practices to disclose revenue generated by it, as well as what is being done to protect it.

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Man jailed for not unlocking iPhone adds fuel to device search warrant debate

06/07/2019, 03:06 pm

A Florida man was thrown in jail for 44 days for refusing to unlock two iPhones in his possession during a traffic stop, an incident fuelling the ongoing privacy debates over how law enforcement can legally gain access to a smartphone's contents via passcode or biometrics, without being unconstitutional.

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Idaho judge denies warrant to compel suspect to unlock smartphone with biometrics

05/13/2019, 02:05 pm

An Idaho court has denied a warrant asking for authorization for law enforcement to make a smartphone owner unlock their device with their fingerprint, with the decision the latest in an ongoing debate on whether or not police and security services have the right to unlock biometric security on a device like the iPhone's Face ID or Touch ID.

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Massachusetts judge granted warrant to unlock suspects iPhone with Touch ID

05/03/2019, 04:05 pm

Law enforcement can compel a suspect to unlock their iPhone using Touch ID under a warrant, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled in April, muddying the waters in the ongoing battle in courts over whether the contents of a mobile device secured with biometrics are protected by the Fifth Amendment, or not.

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Apple & other tech companies lobby efforts kill Ontario 'Right to Repair' bill

05/03/2019, 08:05 am

Another 'Right to Repair' bill that would have made device producers provide the resources for consumers and third-party repair outfits to fix devices has been put to rest, with intensive lobbying from tech companies including Apple said to be behind the killing of the legislation.

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Investigators sought permission to unlock Michael Cohen's iPhone with FaceID

03/19/2019, 11:03 am

The investigation into President Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen included a request to use his biometric data to access his Apple devices, warrant documents reveal, with both the attorney's face and fingerprints needed to bypass security used in iPhones and iPads.

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Tim Cook visits Washington D.C. for American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting

03/06/2019, 03:03 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook was spotted in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, meeting with White House officials and business leaders as part of his role on the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, with the aim of improving the future prospects of the United States' workforce.

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'Save the Internet' bill seeks to reinstate net neutrality regulations

03/06/2019, 11:03 am

Wednesday's submission of the "Save the Internet Act" is attempting to reverse a repeal of regulations by the Federal Communications Commission in 2017.

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