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Uber under pressure over facial recognition checks for drivers

Uber’s use of facial recognition technology for a driver identity system is being challenged in the U.K., where the App Drivers & Couriers Union (ADCU) and Worker Info Exchange (WIE) have called for Microsoft to suspend the ride-hailing giant’s use of B2B facial recognition after finding multiple cases where drivers were mis-identified and went on to have their licence to operate revoked by Transport for London (TfL).

The union said it has identified seven cases of “failed facial recognition and other identity checks” leading to drivers losing their jobs and licence revocation action by TfL.

Labor activists are piling pressure on Uber from the other direction too — pointing out that no regulatory standard has been set around the workplace surveillance technology that the ADCU says TfL encouraged Uber to implement.

Source: Uber under pressure over facial recognition checks for drivers | TechCrunch

US Moves Closer to Retaliation Over Hacking as Cyber Woes Grow

The Biden administration is reportedly close to a decision on retaliation for state-sponsored hacking as fears grew over the fallout from the latest of two major cyberattacks.

The official said the White House was working closely with the private sector to ramp up cyber defenses following the attacks which targeted Microsoft Exchange servers and SolarWinds security software, potentially compromising thousands of government and private computer networks.

US officials had previously hinted at moves against Russia, which has been linked to the massive SolarWinds hack that shook the government and corporate security last year. The latest comments suggested forthcoming actions.

Source: US Moves Closer to Retaliation Over Hacking as Cyber Woes Grow | SecurityWeek.Com

Microsoft Confirms Its Network Was Breached With Tainted SolarWinds Updates

Microsoft confirmed that its network was among the thousands infected with tainted software updates from SolarWinds, even as new data the company has released suggest the likely Russian actors behind the campaign were focused on a smaller set of targets than originally thought.

Microsoft on Friday said that it had detected malicious SolarWinds binaries in its environment, which the company isolated and removed. However, the software giant denied a Reuters report on Thursday that claimed Microsoft’s own products were then used to distribute malware to other organizations in much the same way SolarWinds’ Orion network product management technology was abused.

Source: Microsoft Confirms Its Network Was Breached With …

Google, Cisco and VMware join Microsoft to oppose NSO Group in WhatsApp spyware case

A coalition of companies have filed an amicus brief in support of a legal case brought by WhatsApp against Israeli intelligence firm NSO Group, accusing the company of using an undisclosed vulnerability in the messaging app to hack into at least 1,400 devices, some of which were owned by journalists and human rights activists.

NSO develops and sells governments access to its Pegasus spyware, allowing its nation-state customers to target and stealthily hack into the devices of its targets. Spyware like Pegasus can track a victim’s location, read their messages and listen to their calls, steal their photos and files and siphon off private information from their device.

Source: Google, Cisco and VMware join Microsoft to oppose NSO Group in WhatsApp spyware case | TechCrunch

Microsoft Developing Workplace Surveillance System to ‘Score’ Meeting Productivity

A recent patent application reveals Microsoft is developing a “meeting insight computing system” that would monitor body language, facial expressions, and other features of participants in order to assign a “quality score” to workplace meetings.

According to the filing, the system could be applied both to in-person and remote meetings. Microsoft also introduced a “Productivity Score” last month which would have allowed organizations to monitor employees’ use of Microsoft products.

Source: EPIC – Microsoft Developing Workplace Surveillance System to ‘Score’ Meeting Productivity

Microsoft promises to challenge all government requests for customer data

Microsoft has vowed to challenge all requests that any government or security agency makes to access its customers’ data, and will even compensate firms where it’s forced to legally grant access.

The firm will challenge every government request for public sector or enterprise customer data, from any government, where there’s a lawful basis for doing so. Where customer data is handed to authorities in violation of GDPR, Microsoft will provide financial compensation to affected customers, it has said.

Source: Microsoft promises to challenge all government requests for customer data | IT PRO

Global AI fight heats up over health data

Spat over a Microsoft health data project highlights growing European distrust of U.S. tech.

The French government made that clear last week, when it said it wanted to move control of an effort to centralize the country’s health data project away from the American tech giant Microsoft and into the hands of a French or European platform.

The attention to health data underscores the increasing politicization of questions about who owns private information about European consumers, after the European Court of Justice struck down a framework for sharing data between the European Union and the United States known as the Privacy Shield.

It also comes as governments around the world race to develop new artificial intelligence technology — and grapple with how to regulate it. The EU is set to present rules on AI early next year, and must confront a risk inherent to rule-making: making regulation that quickly becomes obsolete.

Full article: Global AI fight heats up over health data – POLITICO

‘US is falling behind and needs a strong privacy law’ says Microsoft

The US has fallen behind the rest of the world on privacy and data protection and urgently needs new laws, Microsoft’s most senior privacy legal expert has warned.

Julie Brill, vice president and deputy general counsel for privacy and regulatory affairs at Microsoft, set out her concerns in a blog this week. Brill cited a new Microsoft-commissioned poll from Yougov showing seven in 10 Americans would like to see privacy regulation addressed by the next administration.

Source: ‘US is falling behind and needs a strong privacy law’ says Microsoft

Homeland Security warns of a ‘critical’ security flaw in Windows servers

US Homeland Security has issued an emergency alert for a Windows security flaw, Zerologon, that allows attackers to compromise entire networks.

The flaw in the Netlogon Remote Protocol lets attackers with network access “completely compromise” Active Directory services on a network without using a sign-in —a hacker could run amok if they get through.

Source: Homeland Security warns of a ‘critical’ security flaw in Windows servers | Engadget

Microsoft launches a deepfake detector tool

Microsoft has added to the slowly growing pile of technologies aimed at spotting synthetic media (aka deepfakes) with the launch of a tool for analyzing videos and still photos to generate a manipulation score.

The tool, called Video Authenticator, provides what Microsoft calls “a percentage chance, or confidence score” that the media has been artificially manipulated.

Source: Microsoft launches a deepfake detector tool ahead of US election | TechCrunch

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