AM Prep-Cyber Corner
Trump says tech companies ‘better be careful’
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Google and other tech companies are “treading on very, very troubled territory.”
Trump’s warning came as he was meeting in the Oval Office with the president of FIFA, the international governing body of soccer. Trump had claimed in a pair of tweets earlier Tuesday that Google search results are “RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD.”
Trump says companies including Google, Twitter and Facebook “better be careful” because “you can’t do that to people.” He claims that “literally thousands and thousands of complaints” have been received, adding, “It’s not fair to large portions of the population.”
Trump had tweeted without evidence the companies were “suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good.”
Google says its search is not used to set a political agenda and the results are not biased toward any political ideology. Google said Tuesday that when users search for content, “our goal is to make sure they receive the most relevant answers in a matter of seconds.” Adds Google: “We never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment.”
Texan says he’s selling 3D-printed gun plans, despite ruling
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The owner of a Texas company that makes untraceable 3D-printed guns says he has begun selling the blueprints through his website to anyone who wants to make one, despite a federal court order barring him from posting the plans online.
Cody Wilson says he began selling the plans Tuesday morning and that he’ll sell them for any price. Wilson says he believes that selling them, instead of posting the plans for anyone to view or download for free, will not run afoul of the Seattle federal judge’s Monday order.
Nineteen states and the District of Columbia had sought an injunction to stop a settlement that the federal government reached with Wilson’s Austin-based Defense Distributed.
The states argued that posting the plans online for how to make the untraceable plastic guns would pose a security risk.
As Tesla deals with internal woes, rivals make their move
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — While Tesla grapples with internal issues like production delays, a sometimes-erratic CEO and a recent about-face on whether to go private, its rivals are moving aggressively into the luxury electric vehicle space.
In the next few days, German competitors Mercedes-Benz and Audi are both showing off production-ready electric sport-utility vehicles aimed at Tesla’s Model X.
Meanwhile, Jaguar Land Rover offers the I-Pace electric SUV. Further out, Porsche is taking on Tesla’s Model S high performance luxury car with the Taycan.
The established carmakers need zero driving emissions vehicles to meet tougher greenhouse gas limits. China, a major market, is pushing hard for more electrics.
But the new models could also chip away at Tesla’s role as the global leader in luxury electric vehicles at a time when the company is consumed by multiple distractions.
BIOMETRIC DATA LAWSUIT
Judge tosses suit against Southwest Airlines on fingerprints
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago federal judge has tossed a proposed class-action lawsuit alleging Southwest Airlines violated the law by requiring that certain employees use fingerprints to sign into and out of work.
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports that Judge Marvin Aspen concluded a courtroom wasn’t the proper venue to resolve what he deemed a relatively minor dispute between unionized workers and a company with a collective bargaining agreement. He said in a decision posted last week that the right place was arbitration.
Several Southwest agents filed the lawsuit in federal court this year. They argued that the use of fingerprints violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. It sought both an injunction halting the practice and an order forcing the airline to destroy any biometric data it gathered.