Facebook Testing Tool to Transfer Images to Google Photos

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Facebook Testing Tool to Transfer Images to Google Photos
Number 1010
Broadcast Date DECEMBER 2, 2019
Episode Length 5:42
Hosts Rich Stroffolino

Facebook is testing a tool in Ireland that lets users transfer images to Google Photos, a new report looks at how Match Group screens sex offenders across its dating brands, and the first Esports team prepares to go public.


Facebook announced it began rolling out a tool to allow users to transfer photos from Facebook to Google Photos. The tool was build based on code from the open-source Data Transfer Project, which includes Apple, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and Facebook. Facebook is testing the tool in Ireland, with plans for worldwide availability in the first half of 2020. The company says it is starting with Google Photos and evaluating other services as well.
Facebook announced it issued a correction notice on a user post from November 23rd at the request of the Singapore government to comply new "fake news" laws. The notice was only visible to Singapore users, and did not alter the text, simply stating "“Facebook is legally required to tell you that the Singapore government says this post has false information.” The post made allegations that a supposed whistleblower had been arrested and made election rigging claims. A Facebook spokesperson said it hopes the Singapore government will take a "measured and transparent approach to implementation.”
Buzzfeed and Columbia Journalism Investigations report that while the dating site Match commits to screening customers against government sex offender registries, that policy is not extended to many of the 45 dating brands in Match Group, including Tinder, OkCupid, PlentyofFish or any of its free products. A Match Group spokesperson said that its free products don't collect enough information on free users to implement a universal screening protocol and stated that Match does not screen all paid subscribers. In CJIs investigation of 157 incidents of sexual assault involving dating apps, 10% involving instances of users being matched with someone who had been accused or convicted of sexual assault at least once. All of these cases came from users of Match Group's free dating apps. The report notes that Match Group has used the Communications Decency Act Section 230 to limit liability for harm users have inflicted on other users.
Zack Whittaker at TechCrunch reports that of the 21 US presidential candidates, only 7 are using and enforcing the email security protocol DMARC, which verifies the authenticity of a sender’s email and rejects spoofed emails. Back in April, only Elizabeth Warren's campaign had enforced DMARC, with the campaigns of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Michael Bloomberg, Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker, Tulsi Gabbard and Steve Bullock now using the protocol as well. Seven campaigns aren't using DMARC at all, while the remaining campaigns use the protocol to verify authenticity, but not to rejected spoofed messages. Whittaker notes that a properly enforced DMARC policy would have prevented the phishing email that eventually led to the 2016 DNC email breach.
The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced criminal charges against Virgil Griffith, a cryptocurrency researcher with the Ethereum Foundation, following his attendance of a blockchain conference in North Korea in April. The charges allege violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, saying Griffith gave a presentation and participated in a conversation into how blockchain technology could be used to avoid economic sanctions. The complaint states that in his interview with the US Attorney, Griffith maintained his presentation reviewed basic concepts easily found online. Griffth was arrested on the charges on November 28th.
The European Commission confirmed to Reuters that antitrust regulators are investigating Google's data collection practices. This preliminary investigation will focus on data related to local search services, online advertising, online ad targeting services, login services, and web browsers, according to documents seen by Reuters. Over the past two years, the European Competition Commission fined Google over 8 billion euros.
According to leaked documents obtained by the Financial Times, Chinese companies like ZTE, Dahua and China Telecom, have proposed new international standards on facial recognition, video monitoring, city and vehicle surveillance to the UN's International Telecommunication Union. While not often adopted by the North American and European counties ITU standards are often adopted in developing nations in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, where the Chinese government supplies infrastructure and surveillance tech under its “Belt and Road Initiative." ITU standards are submitted by companies and governments, discussed at meetings with representatives from several member states, before voting on final approval. Some have criticized these standards as moving from technical specifications to policy recommendations, with the facial recognition standard calling for storing facial features in a central database, and suggesting its use in public places by police, verifying worker attendance, and comparing “the country’s fugitive library with the local population library."
On December 1st, customers signing up for new mobile plans in China require face scans to match the person with identity documents. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced the change in policy back in September, and allows for the use of “artificial intelligence and other technical methods” to verify identity. Previously, new mobile plans required showing state identification and having a photo taken.
The top-ranked Counter-Strike Esports team, Astralis Group, is set to become the first Esports team to go public on December 9th, listing on the Nasdaq’s Copenhagen exchange for small companies. The group operates as a media company, with teams competing in League of Legends and EA’s FIFA, and hopes to raise 125 to 150 million kroner with the offering.


Preceded by:
"Week in Review for the Week of 11/25/19"
Facebook Testing Tool to Transfer Images to Google Photos
Followed by:
"Ring Says Customer Heat Map Used By Authorities No Longer Exists"