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A leading tech lobbying group in Washington is introducing their vision of what user privacy regulation might look like. ITI, whose members include Google and Facebook, is the latest player to try to shape new legislation that the industry sees as increasingly likely, Axios’ David McCabe reports.
Details: “We go deeper than any of the other [privacy proposals] that have been developed to date," ITI President Dean Garfield says.
The document also offers guidance in other areas, including how companies should manage risks to privacy and allow customers to move their data to other platforms.
The big picture: Lawmakers in Washington — spurred on by new rules enacted in Europe and California — are trying to craft their own privacy legislation. Industry groups are laying out their own guidelines for policymakers as they look to shape the debate, including:
Meanwhile, lawmakers are crafting their own plans:
What’s next? Nothing will happen before the midterm elections in a few weeks — and the results could shift the leadership of some key committees. But lawmakers are on the clock given that an already passed California bill goes into effect in 2020, unless it is pre-empted by new federal legislation.
Riding electric scooters in Santa Monica, Calif. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
A class action lawsuit filed on Friday in Los Angeles accuses the 2 largest scooter rental companies — Bird and Lime — of "gross negligence" that's resulted in a number of injuries to pedestrians and riders, according to the Washington Post. It also names scooter manufacturers Segway and Xiaomi.
Why it matters: Per Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva, the suit puts a spotlight on the ongoing question of how much these scooter rental companies can and should do to ensure safety, as well as the fact that most existing roads don't have a place for the motorized devices.
The lawsuit raises some important questions about the companies' operations, including how safe the scooters are by design and whether they are being maintained properly. There's been a rise of scooter rider injuries, and 2 reported fatalities. The details of the lawsuit, per WashPost:
With Silicon Valley still grappling with just how much of Saudi Arabia's money has flowed into its coffers, a new report says the kingdom's ties to Twitter run even deeper.
Driving the news: The New York Times reported over the weekend the role that Twitter played in helping Saudi Arabia identify and neutralize opponents. According to NYT, the "Saudis were grooming an employee" to help spy on dissidents, but the Twitter employee in question was fired in late 2015.
The big picture: Saudi Arabia has been a major source of cash for tech companies, but many are now questioning what it means to have such investment.
Meanwhile: Venture capitalist Fred Wilson posted a powerful essay on how it might be a good time for tech entrepreneurs to think more deeply on who they are taking money from.
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Flashback: Musk first showed off the tunnel in May in a now-deleted Instagram post, promising that it would open "in a few months." The tunnel would be the first concrete success for Boring, which Musk has promised will revolutionize commuting around the world, notably inking a proposal this year to build a tunnel between Chicago O'Hare International Airport and the city's downtown.
Well, this is pretty cool.