Week in Review
- The Federal Communications Commission said its comment system crashed because of hackers. Agency officials said the hackers intentionally tried to block legitimate commenters from participating in the process. Lawmakers requested that the FCC present evidence of its claim.
- The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to review its decision defining the Federal Trade Commission’s regulatory exemption regarding common carriers and edge providers. The court’s next move is likely to have implications for both privacy and net neutrality.
- President Donald Trump signed a long-awaited executive order aimed at improving the nation’s cybersecurity by implementing reviews of security practices and digital vulnerabilities. Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner is expected to play a major as leader of the administration’s Office of American Innovation.
- National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that the United States warned France about cyberattacks leading up to that country’s recent presidential election. At the same congressional hearing, Rogers, who’s also head of U.S. Cyber Command, told lawmakers that there needs to be better policy guidance from lawmakers and the administration on cybersecurity matters.
- Perpetrators of a massive global hack targeted people and organizations from Russia to Taiwan, including British hospitals, which were forced to turn patients away. The attackers asked victims to submit payments in bitcoin in return for regaining access to files such as medical records.
Intellectual property and innovation
- U.S. tech companies expressed displeasure with the European Union over its plans to crack down on what the EU considers unfair trading practices between U.S. web platforms and European companies like Spotify.
- U.S. companies also expressed wariness over China’s draft regulations concerning cloud computing, saying they threaten intellectual property.
- Makan Delrahim, Trump’s nominee to lead the Justice Department’s antitrust division, pledged to focus on international application of competition laws in the interest of U.S. companies if he’s confirmed by the Senate.
- European courts are now more likely to classify Uber Technologies Inc. as a transportation company, instead of a tech firm. Stateside, a district court judge in California asked the U.S. attorney’s office to investigate Uber’s alleged theft of documents from Google Inc. parent Alphabet Inc. in advance of a pending trial over its self-driving cars.