Lawmakers are intensifying their calls for a temporary ban on the federal government’s use of facial recognition technology after the disclosure that the FBI has amassed a database of more than 640 million photographs.
Gretta Goodwin, a representative with the Government Accountability Office, said during a House hearing on Tuesday that the FBI uses expansive databases of photos, including from driver’s licenses, passports and mugshots, to search for potential criminals.
The U.S. Justice Department has jurisdiction for a potential probe of Apple Inc as part of a broader review of whether technology giants are using their size to act in an anti-competitive manner, two sources told Reuters. The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) met in recent weeks and agreed to give the Justice Department the jurisdiction to undertake potential antitrust probes of Apple and Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, the sources said.
When crisis strikes, governments around the world are increasingly reaching for the switches that limit or halt their citizens’ access to the internet. In 2016, there were 75 such cutoffs; last year, there were 188, according to the advocacy group Access Now.
In a sweeping decision, Judge Lucy Koh has ruled last week that Qualcomm violated the antitrust laws in licensing its 4G digital communications technology in smartphones. “Invent a better mousetrap, and you’ll be rewarded” has long been the motto driving the U.S. innovation economy--from lightbulbs to airplanes to smartphones. Everyone benefits. This is in doubt now.
“The technology war is not going to end,” Alastair Newton, director of Alavan Business Advisory and a former British diplomat, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Wednesday. “Technology is where this battle is going to be fought out, even if we do get a trade deal on bilateral goods.”
If the ongoing tensions between Beijing and Washington force companies to develop two different sets of technologies -- one for China and its aligned countries, and the other for the rest of the world -- then it would be bad news for everyone, according to a senior executive at a multinational tech firm.
As ITIF has argued for more than a decade, there is no question China is the world’s leading practitioner of the dark arts of innovation mercantilism. As such, the United States, and the global trading community more broadly, is well within its rights to insist that China dramatically roll back these egregious and unfair practices, including intellectual property theft, forced technology transfer, and massive industrial subsidies.
It’s thrilling and nail-biting stuff watching the unfolding of what some predict will prove to be the defining event of our time - the onset of a technology cold war between the world’s two superpowers, the US and China. Whether Trump’s tough stance on Huawei turns out to be a hard-ball negotiating tactic or not, the events of the last few weeks will, in all likelihood, set China on a game-changing course towards becoming technologically self-reliant.
America was late to the game--and is now paying the price because China, the world’s second largest and powerful economy behind the U.S., was able to take advantage by stealing secrets from some of the nation’s most critical businesses, including the U.S. government. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is worried that the communist-led country has stolen defense secrets and used them to technologically advance their own defense systems, in both capacity and intent.