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For the first time ever, Consumer Reports has issued rankings based on the security and privacy of products and services, with an initial focus on peer-to-peer payment services such as Apple Pay and Venmo.

Why it matters: The nonprofit is one of the most trusted sources of information on products and companies in the United States and it intends these rankings to hold developers "more accountable."

Context:

  • It’s just the beginning — Consumer Reports will be pushing out ratings of other internet-connected products. That includes internet protocol (IP) cameras and possibly smart televisions, which it began evaluating back in February this year, a spokesperson told Axios.
  • These reviews will likely serve as a guide to about 15 million monthly unique visitors to ConsumerReports.org and 6 million members, according to traffic and circulation numbers shared with Axios.
  • By the numbers: Apple Pay was highest on data privacy, with an overall score of 76. Apple Pay, Cash App (Square), and Facebook P2P Payments in Messenger all received the highest ratings of any app ranked when it comes to data security. Other apps ranked included Venmo and Zelle.

How it works: Consumer Reports had a group of national privacy and security experts develop criteria by which to measure products.

What to watch: Usage patterns following the first round of security privacy ratings on peer-to-peer payment services.

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White House unveils landmark reports on climate links to security, migration

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The Biden administration on Thursday released a sweeping set of assessments on how to view threats that climate change poses to national security and its role in fueling migration.

Why it matters: One of the key products, a formal National Intelligence Estimate on climate change, marks the first time all 18 elements of the U.S. intelligence community have released a consensus report on the topic.

Scoop: Garland defends DOJ's handling of Jan. 6 probe

Attorney General Merrick Garland. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Attorney General Merrick Garland will tell the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday that federal prosecutors "are doing exactly what they are expected to do" in seeking accountability for the "intolerable assault" on the Capitol on Jan. 6, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Allies of former President Trump, including Republican congressmen, have criticized the department's treatment rioters charged with crimes, and sought to recast the insurrection as a righteous protest. Garland's testimony with be his first appearance before the panel.

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Police charge man with murder of British MP David Amess

Police outside Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, England, on Oct. 15. Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images

Police said Thursday that Ali Harbi Ali, a 25-year-old British man, has been charged with the murder of David Amess, a Conservative Party lawmaker in the U.K.

The big picture: Last week, the Metropolitan Police declared the fatal stabbing a terrorist incident, saying that they had found "a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism."