Tag Archive: Government


Irish government confirms it will use de-centralized contact tracing model

It means user data will only be held on individual devices, not a server.

What you need to know The Irish government has revealed its plans for its contact tracing app. It says it’s actively involved with Apple and Google to help develop a national app to help with contact tracing. The app will use a ‘de-centralized’ model, which means user data will not be kept on a central server, only user’s devices.

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The Indian government is the latest to come out against ‘unsafe’ Zoom

It’s asking all staff to avoid using the app for official business.

What you need to know The Indian government has issued an advisory to its employees, declaring the app ‘unsafe.’ Another government report also warned of significant weakness in the app that made it vulnerable to cyber-attacks. This follows similar moves by Google and various governmental agencies from Taiwan, the U.K., Singapore, and Germany.

After lucking out as the app of choice for video calls during  [Read More…]

Google is helping the U.S. government build a coronavirus screening site

The president made the announcement at a White House press conference on Friday.

What you need to know Google will collaborate with the White House on a screening website for the novel-coronavirus. The company has reportedly donated 1,700 engineers to the effort. The website will help people who suspect they may have the virus find a testing site.

Google is collaborating with the United States government to make it easier for people who suspect they have contracted  [Read More…]

The U.S. government is handing out malware-infested phones to the poor

The phones were provided as part of the Lifeline federal aid program for low-income households.

What you need to know The U.S. government provides funding for discounted phones and phone service to low-income consumers. However, according to research by security experts, some of the phones distributed as part of the program contained Chinese malware. One of the pieces of malicious software was found to be in the phone’s settings app, leaving it virtually unremovable.

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Huawei denies report of special treatment by Chinese government

Huawei says it’s treated like all other tech companies in China.

What you need to know In a report published on December 25, The Wall Street Journal claimed that support from China greatly aided Huawei’s rise in the global market. Huawei claims it receives no special treatment and is under the same rules as other tech companies. Huawei says that the report has seriously damaged its reputation, and it may take legal action.

Once again, Huawei is  [Read More…]

FCC vote bans buying telecom equipment from Huawei with government funds

The ban also includes purchasing from ZTE.

What you need to know The FCC decided in a unanimous vote to ban the use of the Universal Service Funds to purchase equipment from Huawei and ZTE. The Universal Service Fund consists of $ 8.5 billion which is used to help provide service to rural areas, libraries, and schools. Congress is considering legislation which would provide funds to replace the existing equipment from Huawei and ZTE.

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The U.S. government is delaying its Huawei ban for another three months

The ban will now come into effect on February 16, 2020.

What you need to know It has been nearly six months now since Huawei was added to the U.S. Entity List. The ban effectively forbids the company from having any dealings with U.S. companies. Following two previous reprieves, the company is being granted another 90-day stay on the ban.

The ongoing feud between Huawei and the U.S. government is fraught with ups and downs. After the  [Read More…]

Huawei employees caught intercepting messages to spy for Ugandan government

Huawei execs apparently didn’t know this was going on.

What you need to know Some Huawei employees were caught intercepting messages for African governments. The messages were used to spy on political opponents in Uganda and Zambia. Huawei executives were apparently unaware that this was taking place.

Huawei has faced a lot of criticism over the last year regarding its potential security threat to certain countries around the globe, and thanks to a new report from The  [Read More…]

FedEx sues the U.S. government over the Huawei ban

The mishandling of Huawei packages has put FedEx in danger of being added to China’s Unreliable Entities List.

What you need to know FedEx is suing the U.S. government over enforcing the ban on Huawei. FedEx faces the possibility of being banned by China. A Huawei spokesperson says the company is not currently using FedEx or UPS.

The latest fallout from the U.S. ban on Huawei now involves a lawsuit between FedEx and the U.S. government. The  [Read More…]

Huawei goes on offensive, sues U.S. government over hardware sales ban

Huawei is trying to turn the tide in its fight against the U.S. government’s ban on its network equipment, which has effectively shut down the company’s sales in the country. During a press conference in Shenzhen on Thursday morning, the company announced that it is suing the U.S. government in order to attempt to overturn the ban, which was effected in August of last year as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. The Act specifically names Huawei and its  [Read More…]