Thursday, May 25, 2017

Are the number of investigations going up this fast or are requests made on a higher percentage of investigations?  (Investigations that did not normally ask for this information before?) 
Apple: National security requests for data skyrocketed in second half of 2016
   According to the report, between 5,750 and 5,999 National Security Letters were issued for data from 4,750 to 4,999 different accounts.
   This marks at least the sixth consecutive half where the number of NSLs rose.  In first half of 2014, there were between 0-249 delivered to Apple.  In second half 2014, there were between 250-499. In 2015, the government issued 750-999 followed by 1,250-1,499.  And in the first half of 216, it issued 2,750-2,999.
According to the report, the government also requested data on 4,254 accounts through more conventional means, like search warrants, subpoenas and other court orders.

Making sense of the GDPR.  An article that details what will be in the course.
Free course: The GDPR Attack Plan
The General Data Protection Regulation is an EU reg that kicks in on 25 May 2018 so we've got bang on a year to get organised.  It's important within the EU because it relates to how data of their citizens and residents is handled and it's important outside the EU because the regulation can impact non-EU organisations too.

Leaks for money or ‘prestige?”
‘Furious’ UK reportedly stops sharing intelligence with US following Manchester attack leak
   British officials were outraged when photos of debris from the attack were leaked and published in the New York Times, the BBC said on Thursday.  The images vividly show part of the explosive device and jacket worn by the suicide bomber.
Though the Times did not disclose how it sourced the images, a senior U.S. law enforcement official authenticated the photos and said they had been provided to American investigators by British authorities.
Leaked information about the identity of the assailant – now confirmed as Salman Abedi - also emerged in U.S. media less than 24 hours after the attack against the U.K.'s wishes.
British Home Secretary Amber Rudd described the leaks as "irritating" and insisted that they "should not happen again."
A Whitehall source added: "We are furious.  This is completely unacceptable," according to the BBC.

Consider how difficult this seems.  Would most businesses do better?
CIA releases Officially Released Information System database with 50 yrs of FOIA request documents
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on May 24, 2017
Via Muckrock’s work and posting as follows: “The results of the Agency’s ambitious project to track all the information its made public will soon become a valuable tool for government transparency.  In 1985, citing concerns regarding “difficulty determining what has been publicly disclosed,” the CIA had a truly great idea that would serve both the Agency and the public’s interest in government transparency – a “proposal to establish a focal point to record CIA information released to the public.”  The resulting Officially Released Information System, or ORIS, would take years to finally implement, and thanks [to a recent FOIA] ( – and the CIA’s agreement to release and waive all fees – it might finally become the transparency tool it has the potential to be.  The problem of knowing what had already been acknowledged wasn’t a new problem to the Agency, either.  The issue extended back to the 1970s for them, and had been brought up again in 1983.  Previous attempts had all failed or resulted in incomplete division-specific systems.  CIA needed an Agency-wide solution, and it was finally beginning to be technologically feasible.”

Ride-hailing companies will grow eightfold by 2030, dwarfing the taxi industry: Goldman Sachs
Uber may be under pressure in the press — but its business model is still on track to dominate and "ultimately eclipse" the taxi market, according to a new analysis from Goldman Sachs.
Uber, alongside companies like Lyft and China's Didi Chuxing, are part of a new "pay-as-you-go" car era, Goldman said.  The investment bank predicts that the number of cars on the road will peak in 2030.
Ride-hailing will grow eightfold by then and could be five times the size of the taxi market, justifying the giant valuations, the report said.  At $68 billion and $50 billion, respectively, Uber and Didi are the two most highly valued venture-backed companies, according to data firm CB Insights.
Central to the growth of this industry, according to Goldman Sachs, is the proliferation of self-driving cars.
"We model a scenario in which a fleet manager could generate profit of $14,000 per car over three years, nine times what [a manufacturer] currently makes from selling a car," Goldman's analysts wrote in the report.

(Related).  We don’t need cable TV, landline phones, or cars. 
Many Uber and Lyft riders are ditching their own cars
   Nearly a quarter of American adults sold or traded in a vehicle in the last 12 months, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll published on Thursday, with most getting another car.  But 9 percent of that group turned to ride services like Lyft Inc and Uber Technologies Inc as their main way to get around.
About the same percentages said they planned to dispose of cars and turn to ride services in the upcoming 12 months.
Though a small percentage, the figure of people switching to ride services could be early evidence that more consumers believe that ride sharing can replace vehicle ownership.

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