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Apple boss Tim Cook attacks 'shadow economy' of data in call for new privacy law

Apple boss Tim Cook attacks 'shadow economy' of data in call for new privacy lawApple’s chief executive Tim Cook has called for the US to introduce a national privacy law, attacking a “shadow economy” in which people’s personal data is bought and sold without their knowledge. Mr Cook said companies should have to collect as little data as possible and make it easy for people to delete the information that is held about them. It is the latest attempt from Apple to position itself as the steward of consumers’ privacy, and to draw a line between itself and companies such as Facebook and Google. Mr Cook said that people need to “win back their right to privacy” and that companies that sell data should have to register with the Federal Trade Commission, the US consumer watchdog. “I and others are calling on the US Congress to pass comprehensive federal privacy legislation – a landmark package of reforms that protect and empower the consumer,” Mr Cook wrote in Time Magazine. He singled out “data brokers”, companies that purchase, bundle up and sell data on individuals, such as credit reference agencies, saying that most people were unaware of how companies transact in their data. “Right now, all of these secondary markets for your information exist in a shadow economy that’s largely unchecked. Let’s be clear: you never signed up for that,” Mr Cook wrote. The US does not have a national equivalent to the UK’s Data Protection Act or the European privacy legislation, GDPR. Facebook, Amazon and Google have all said they would support a law, but failed to put forward any concrete proposals. Mr Cook said companies should aim to minimise the amount of data they collect and make it easier for people to delete or correct it. Mr Cook has played up Apple’s privacy credentials in recent months, as sales of its iPhones stumble and as Google and Facebook have been embroiled in repeated data controversies. Its privacy commitment has come under scrutiny, since Apple receives billions of dollars a year from Google to be the default search engine on the iPhone. Mr Cook has defended the deal, saying the company has built in controls to limit how much users can be tracked.



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Ministers Plan Call With U.K. Business After Vote: Brexit Update

Ministers Plan Call With U.K. Business After Vote: Brexit UpdateCabinet ministers will hold a conference call with businesses shortly after this evening’s votes, according to Institute of Directors head Stephen Martin. Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and Business Secretary Greg Clark will join the call, he said. May’s government has held a series of calls and meetings with businesses at key moments in the Brexit process in the past year.



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'We had no idea this patient was pregnant': Nurse's 911 call details surprise birth

'We had no idea this patient was pregnant': Nurse's 911 call details surprise birthThe 5-minute, 11-second 911 call details the minutes after the incapacitated  woman gave birth. Staff can be heard scrambling to resuscitate the baby.



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911 call reveals moment woman in vegetative state gave birth: 'Baby's turning blue!'

911 call reveals moment woman in vegetative state gave birth: 'Baby's turning blue!'The emergency dispatcher asks how the mother of the newborn is doing. The staff then reveal that somebody has performed CPR on the newborn baby to save it. The publication of the recording, obtained from police by KPHO-TV, is the latest turn in the story of the young woman at the care of Hacienda HealthCare, whom police say was sexually assaulted.



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Police officer who shot a Chihuahua during a service call loses job, Arkansas sheriff says

Police officer who shot a Chihuahua during a service call loses job, Arkansas sheriff saysThe former officer, Deputy Keenan Wallace, was also a K9 handler.



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The Latest: Taiwan rejects China's call for unification

The Latest: Taiwan rejects China's call for unificationBEIJING (AP) — The Latest on China-Taiwan relations (all times local):



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Trump aides call on Democrats to make counter-offer on shutdown

Trump aides call on Democrats to make counter-offer on shutdownAides to Trump and congressional lawmakers went on the Sunday show to discuss blame for the partial government shutdown



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U.S. FCC probes outage of CenturyLink 911 emergency call service

U.S. FCC probes outage of CenturyLink 911 emergency call serviceThe U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is investigating a nationwide CenturyLink Inc network outage that has affected service on 911 emergency phone calls across the country, agency chairman Ajit Pai said on Friday. “The CenturyLink service outage is … completely unacceptable, and its breadth and duration are particularly troubling,” Pai said in a statement. Asked about the FCC investigation, a spokeswoman for CenturyLink said the company had been in contact with the federal agency and would cooperate fully.



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FCC probes outage of CenturyLink 911 emergency call service

FCC probes outage of CenturyLink 911 emergency call serviceThe U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is investigating a nationwide CenturyLink Inc network outage that has affected service on 911 emergency phone calls across the country, agency chairman Ajit Pai said on Friday. “The CenturyLink service outage is … completely unacceptable, and its breadth and duration are particularly troubling,” Pai said in a statement. “I’ve directed the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau to immediately launch an investigation into the cause and impact of this outage.” Asked about the FCC investigation, a spokeswoman for CenturyLink said the company had been in contact with the federal agency and would cooperate fully.



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Syrian surprise: How Trump's phone call changed the war

Syrian surprise: How Trump's phone call changed the warIn the phone call two weeks ago, Trump had been expected to deliver a standard warning to the Turkish president over his plan to launch a crossborder attack targeting U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in northeast Syria, U.S. officials say. Instead, in the course of the conversation Trump reshaped U.S. policy in the Middle East, abandoning a quarter of Syrian territory and handing Ankara the job of finishing off Islamic State in Syria. “Trump asked: ‘If we withdraw our soldiers, can you clean up ISIS?’”, a Turkish official told Reuters.



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