Josh Hawley: Google, Apple CEOs Must Be Personally
Josh Hawley: Google, Apple CEOs Must Be Personally Liable for User Privacy - Breitbart
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) has called on the CEOs of Google and Apple to accept personal legal liability for protecting user privacy as they move to implement "contact tracing" technology in smartphones to track the spread of the Chinese virus.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) has called on the CEOs of Google and Apple to accept personal legal liability for protecting user privacy as they move to implement “contact tracing” technology in smartphones to track the spread of the Chinese virus. As Breitbart News reported earlier this month, Google and Apple are teaming up to track carriers of the Chinese coronavirus and other individuals, a process known as “contact tracing,” using smartphone location data. The companies promise a broader Bluetooth-based contact tracing platform by building this functionality into the underlying platforms, meaning the technology will be embedded in Android and iOS smartphones. Now Sen. Hawley is calling on the companies to address privacy concerns by making their CEOs personally liable for any improper use of user data. “If you seek to assure the public, make your stake in this project personal,” wrote Hawley in a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai “Make a commitment that you and other executives will be personally liable if you stop protecting privacy, such as by granting advertising companies access to the interface once the pandemic is over. The public statements you make now can be enforced under federal and state consumer protection laws. Do not hide behind a corporate shield like so many privacy offenders have before. Stake your personal finances on the security of this project.” This comes after Google’s recent announcement that, allegedly due to pandemic-related disruption, it would delay the rollout of key features in its plan to eliminate third-party tracking technology (known as “cookies”) in its Chrome internet browser. The effort is part of a wider push by Google to reassure consumers about its commitment to their privacy. But as Breitbart News reported last month, eliminating third-party cookies does not mean Chrome browsers won’t be collecting user data. It just means that Google will have an even tighter monopoly over that data, supplementing the vast amounts of data it collects on its users’ behavior via services like Google Search, Maps, YouTube, Gmail, Google Docs, and hardware like Android phones, tablets, and Chromebooks. The company also does not have a sterling reputation for responsibly accessing healthcare data. In 2019, the company gained access to the personal health data of 50 million Americans through an initiative the company branded “Project Nightingale.” According to reports at the time, doctors and patients were unaware of Google’s data-harvesting operation. Are you an insider at Google, Facebook, Twitter, or any other tech company who wants to confidentially reveal wrongdoing or political bias at your company? Reach out to Allum Bokhari at his secure email address [email protected] Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News.
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Feyenoord coach Advocaat signs one-year contract extension - CNA
Feyenoord's 72-year-old coach Dick Advocaat has agreed to stay with the team for another season, the club said on Tuesday.
AMSTERDAM: Feyenoord's 72-year-old coach Dick Advocaat has agreed to stay with the team for another season, the club said on Tuesday. Advocaat had been undecided about his future before the suspension of the Dutch top-flight because of the COVID-19 pandemic but has now signed a one-year contract extension. Advertisement Advertisement He took over from Jaap Stam who quit in October following a 4-0 defeat at arch-rivals Ajax Amsterdam that left Feyenoord floundering in the bottom half of the table. Advocaat has engineered a turnaround, which has enhanced his reputation for successfully dealing with a crisis, and Feyenoord having lost only once in 21 games since he took over. "Of course it feels strange in these times, but ultimately it is also good to extend my contract with this beautiful club, Advocaat said in a club statement. Certainly in the past crazy weeks I noticed how passionate I am and how much I want to continue as a coach. Advertisement Advertisement Something really started to develop within the team here at Feyenoord until everything came to a standstill. I want that to carry on and the club wants that too, so that's what we aim for, despite the many uncertainties that exist at the moment." Feyenoord are third in the Eredivisie table with 50 points from 25 games, six behind leaders Ajax and AZ Alkmaar. The club said they were delighted that Advocaat would mark his 40th anniversary as a coach in their service. His coaching career began in the Dutch amateur ranks in 1981 and has included three stints as Netherlands coach plus spells at the likes of Rangers, Sunderland and Zenit St Petersburg. (Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Ken Ferris)