Autonomous vehicle development moving forward
- The House of Representatives passed legislation that would speed up the development and deployment of autonomous vehicles, the first major push by Congress to pave the way for automakers to clear regulatory hurdles hindering production of self-driving cars.
- The House bill now moves to the Senate, where a bipartisan trio of lawmakers — Sens. John Thune (R-S.D), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) — is working to pass their own autonomous vehicle measure.
Equifax data breach
- Equifax Inc., a credit reporting firm, said a data breach potentially affected 143 million consumers across the United States. Equifax said the hack, which it discovered on July 29, included names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses and some driver’s license numbers.
Social media and Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election
- Facebook Inc. disclosed that it had identified roughly 3,000 political ads focused on divisive social issues — such as race, gun control and immigration — that ran from June 2015 to May 2017 and were connected to fake accounts created by a Russian company linked to the Kremlin. Facebook indicated that it shared its findings with federal investigators, including Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and briefed the House and Senate intelligence committees.
- Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he expects officials from Twitter Inc. to brief the panel on any election-related Russian activity that occurred on the social media site leading up to the 2016 presidential contest. The committee is probing Kremlin-directed interference that may have occurred during the campaign.