The US Federal Trade Commission is said, in a Wall Street Journal exclusive, to be considering seeking an anti-trust injunction against Facebook. At issue is the way in which Facebook's apps interact with one another. The request for an injunction could come as early as January 2020.
The US National Security Agency's Inspector General yesterday released a report on its review of NSA's compliance with signals intelligence (SIGINT) data retention requirements. The principal topic of interest was whether NSA retained data it collected beyond the time limits established under law and policy. Looking at two representative data stores, the IG found that the agency had retained "a small percentage of the large number of SIGINT data objects beyond legal and policy retention limits." It's not that the data retained represent a major scandal, but rather that NSA has some work to do on compliance. As the report's conclusion puts it, "the deficiencies identified in our review have the potential to impact civil liberties and individual privacy." The IG made eleven recommendations to improve NSA's compliance procedures, and NSA has accepted and is working on implementing all of them.
Huawei is challenging the US Federal Communications Commission in court over the FCC's prohibition, on grounds of national security, of using Huawei equipment in Government-subsidized, for the most part rural, telecommunications networks that receive Universal Service Funds. FCC Chair Pai stand by the Commission's decision, Multichannel News reports. "We believe we made the right decision based on the law and the facts," the Commissioner said yesterday.
The Washington Post says that election security advocates have filed suit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to drop the use of ExpressVote XL machines, designed by Election Systems & Software, in the 2020 elections. The systems are used in some of the states larger counties, and in one of last month's local voting software glitches caused the machines to call an election for a losing candidate. It was a technical issue and not a hack, as Northampton County officials and ES&S representatives said at a joint press conference yesterday, but while it's good that the company is working on its software, the incident has shaken confidence in electronic voting devices.
According to the Atlanta Business Journal, a class action suit filed this month in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia objects to the Equifax breach settlement as a "stiff the victims" deal.