Hashtag Trending June 30 – FCC wants to ban TikTok; Tesla layoffs; California DOJ data breach

The Federal Communications Commission commissioner asks Google and Apple to ban TikTok, Tesla has started another round of layoffs, and California’s Department of Justice suffers a data breach that exposed personal information.

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The FCC commissioner has asked Google and Apple to ban the video app TikTok. Brendan Carr tweeted, along with a copy of the letter he sent Apple and Google, asking the companies to remove TikTok from their app stores. The agency’s senior Republican commissioner referenced a BuzzFeed News article that showed leaked audio from 80 internal TikTok meetings. The leaked audio revealed that China-based employees of TikTok parent company ByteDance, had repeatedly accessed private information on U.S. users. In his letter to the big tech companies, Carr listed other reports showing “concerning evidence,” regarding TikTok’s data practices. Evidence included instances where researchers discovered that the app can circumvent Android and iOS safeguards to access sensitive data.

Source: Engadget

Tesla is doing another round of layoffs, targeting employees in its Autopilot division, according to Bloomberg. The electric car company laid off an estimated 200 workers and closed an entire office in San Mateo, California. Some of the workers in the office were relocated. This news follows chief executive officer Elon Musk’s statement saying he wanted to cut jobs due to a “super bad feeling” about the economy. Last week, two former Tesla workers in Nevada filed a lawsuit that said the company broke the law by letting go of people without giving notice required by the WARN Act. The act requires large companies, in certain circumstances, to give people 60 days notice about a big layoff event.

Source: Business Insider

Personal info of all concealed carry gun permit holders in California was leaked after the state’s Department of Justice suffered a data breach. NBC News says the County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday learned of the breach from the California State Sherriff’s Association. The breach occurred as a part of California’s DOJ’s launch of its “2022 Firearms Dashboard Portal,” the sheriff’s office said in the statement. The state took down the dashboard site along with any related links after learning of the breach. The personal information included full names, age, address, Criminal Identification Index number and license type.

Source: NBC News

People are using deep fakes to pose as someone else in interviews for remote jobs. In a public announcement, the FBI said it has received an uptick in complaints about people superimposing videos, images, and audio recordings of another person onto themselves during job interviews. The complaints were tied to remote tech roles that would have granted successful candidates access to sensitive data. The FBI revealed the data could have included Personally Identifiable Information, financial data, and corporate IT databases. Deepfake technology has often been used for entertainment purposes, but the tech also enables new kinds of threats. The harm that someone could face from being impersonated is concerning, the FBI noted. According to Business Insider, the agency said that anyone who has identified deep fake attempts should report the cases to its complaint website.

Source: Business Insider

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Tom Li
Tom Li
Telecommunication and consumer hardware are Tom's main beats at Channel Daily News. He loves to talk about Canada's network infrastructure, semiconductor products, and of course, anything hot and new in the consumer technology space. You'll also occasionally see his name appended to articles on cloud, security, and SaaS-related news. If you're ever up for a lengthy discussion about the nuances of each of the above sectors or have an upcoming product that people will love, feel free to drop him a line at tli@itwc.ca.

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