D.C. Sues Grubhub for Deceptive Business Practices: The District’s Attorney General claims that the food delivery app inflates restaurant prices without being transparent to users and adds restaurants to its service without their permission. In a statement, GrubHub said that the practices at issue are either “appropriately disclosed” or discontinued.
Minnesota Police Used App to Collect Data on Journalists: Police officers in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, singled out journalists during a protest in April 2021 and took photos of each of them, which were shared on an app that attached geolocation data to the images. Although none of the journalists were accused of crimes, their images are now available on at least one data repository accessible to multiple government agencies at both federal and state levels.
|Information Security and Cyberthreats|
Microsoft, Okta, Confirm Breaches by Hacking Group: Microsoft and digital identity management group Okta both confirmed that they were breached by South American hacking group Lapsus$. The hackers posted a file online on Monday that contained partial source code to Bing, Bing Maps, and Cortana.
Biden Urges Private Sector to Prepare for Russian Cyberattacks: While the U.S. government has no evidence of a specific potential cyberattack, President Biden warned that his administration has observed “preparatory activity” toward a possible cyberattack on U.S. infrastructure in retaliation for the sanctions imposed on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.
|Freedom of Expression and Censorship|
As Russia Bans Facebook and Instagram, WhatsApp Remains: A Moscow court’s ruling on Monday that Meta is carrying out “extremist activities” purposefully allowed Meta’s messaging app WhatsApp to continue operating in the country. While the court claimed that its decision was “due to [WhatsApp’s] lack of functionality for the public dissemination of information,” some believe the move was an attempt to avoid alienating Russian citizens.
Mercedes Will Accept Legal Liability for Accidents Caused by its Autopilot Feature: Partially in an attempt to gain approval from U.S. state regulators, Mercedes will accept legal responsibility for its vehicles when its self-driving Drive Pilot mode is active. Already approved for use in Germany, Drive Pilot can be activated on certain highways when the car is traveling less than 40 miles per hour.
|On the Lighter Side|
Tech Start-Up Aims to Preserve Culture Through AI: Intelligent Voices of Wisdom helps underrepresented groups, such as Native Americans, create data that will be used to train AI to better understand their cultures.
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