Online privacy

McCarthy: First step for regulating Big Tech is data transparency

Kevin McCarthy. Photo: Chuck Kennedy/Axios

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called for regulation on data collection practices from tech giants like Facebook and Google at an Axios event in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, arguing that companies should not be able to leverage users' data without their knowledge.

“Facebook shouldn’t be broken up, but they should be very honest about the data that they’re using and taking.”
— Rep. Kevin McCarthy

Why it matters: If everything comes up GOP in November 2020 and Big Tech regulation is a priority, McCarthy would likely be the Speaker to steer legislation through the House in the next Congress.

The facial recognition face-off

Facial recognition illustration
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Facial recognition technology is one of the tech industry's most lucrative new sectors — underpinning everything from social networks to intelligence services — even as it raises questions about its impact on privacy and human rights.

Driving the news: That disconnect is illustrated in a fascinating scoop by NBC News' Olivia Solon and Cyrus Farivar, who share how photo storage app Ever actually supports the company's AI arm "to train the company’s facial recognition system ... to sell that technology to private companies, law enforcement and the military."