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*** Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) is asking Amazon for documents regarding its video doorbell system Ring's numerous partnerships with local governments and law enforcement. A series of media reports over the past year have documented how the company provides free Ring systems to law enforcement, allows police to access to customer videos without their consent and coordinates with police departments on press releases to the public. 

Krishnamoorthi, who chairs the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, asked for a range of information, including copies of all agreements the company has reached with local governments going back to 2013, details on integration of any facial recognition tools and instances where law enforcement has requested video footage from Ring. He also asked the company to set up a briefing with the committee by the end of the month.

*** The Defense Department's policy chief, John Rood, is resigning Feb. 28. Rood took the position in late 2017 and has since tackled various tech policy initiatives including intellectual property theft, cyber and election meddling. Rood submitted his resignation letter per the president’s request Feb. 19. According to press reports, Rood contested the wisdom of delaying security aid to Ukraine and had other policy differences with President Trump.

Dr. James Anderson, the current senior official performing the duties of the deputy undersecretary of defense for policy will take over Rood’s responsibilities until a permanent replacement is selected and confirmed, DOD press secretary Alyssa Farah said in a statement.

Posted on Feb 20, 2020 at 2:10 AM


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