The Bureaucracy of Technology (part one)

With technology becoming everything these days and affecting our lives, it’s alarming how slow US government reacts to new tech by implementing laws years late. Or better yet, when they have an important opportunity they don’t capitalize on it and make the most of it.

A couple weeks ago a judge ruled made a precedent that law enforcement couldn’t use your fingerprint sensor or face ID against you and make you unlock your phone. Before this, the fifth amendment was in use as far as using your password because knowing your password is self-incriminating while your fingerprint sensor is something that can be used against you while both are used to have access to your phone for lawful purposes. We’ve had this technology for a few years. Who knows how many people have been in trouble with the law and yet they forced them to use their biometrics to unlock their phones under unlawful circumstances.

Having a career politician is important, but at least have someone in Congress or a position in government who has an idea of technology:

Like the Google v. Oracle case. The judge in the case studied about code and knew enough about to make a decision that Googles API of Oracle’s Java doesn’t infringe on their copyright of it and that APIs are not subject to copyright. I was surprised by this ruling that the judge knew enough about APIs to say to make this ruling. Usually, in the case of infringement, the ruling will go in favor of the prosecutor.

Apple is forced to sell USB adapters for their lightning ports because, in the EU, Micro-USB is what is the norm and enforced. This is on a small scale but its good to see government have some enforcement for the betterment of the consumer that is used to having a certain technology.

 

At some point, regulation has to come to these companies. In the thick of this all, one company has never in its history managed to not face anti-trust violations or lawsuits; Amazon. It’s bound to come at some point with them thinking of getting into pharmaceuticals and owning a theater movie chain. After hearing all the candidates that plan to run in the 2020 election, I’ll be looking to see what the candidates say about technology regulation. I liken the analogy of the concerns I’m raising like global warming, not exactly something you should be worried about now, but you should be asking questions and taking notes about being prepared for when the tech companies are truly in a position to overtake peoples peace of mind.

 

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