Tech Today: Feb 8, 2021

Tech Today: Feb 8, 2021

Minneapolis police use geofence warrants against BLM protesters
With new restrictions over the past few years over how and whether law enforcement can get location information from your cell phone provider, police have increasingly gone to companies like Google to find out who’s been in a location at any given time. If your phone has “location history” turned on, Google’s keeping track of where you are – and will hand that info over to police. That’s what they’re doing in Minneapolis, using the burning of an AutoZone building last year as an excuse. Location data is not exact, and therefore will also catch people who were in the general vicinity of the request – most of whom had nothing to do with a supposed crime.

Amazon unionization in Alabama goes forward
Great news! The National Relations Labor Board (NLRB) rejected some convoluted arguments from Amazon around the definition of the coronavirus pandemic. This opens up the opportunity for workers at the Bessemer, AL warehouse to hold a union vote starting today – remotely.
Ridiculously, Amazon’s own anti-union website that’s specifically targeted towards BHM1 employees says this: “We’ve got you covered* with high wages, health care, vision, and dental benefits.” In small type next to that asterisk? “Applies to regular full-time employees.” Amazon workers are fighting for the rights of all workers – full time or otherwise. Tech for the People wishes them all the success in their fight.

Android barcode scanner app infested with malware
Android users, beware! If you have the “Barcode Scanner” app from LavaBird LTD on your phone, you’re going to want to remove it ASAP. The app, with over 10,000,000 installs, is infecting phones with malware.

Nevada wants to create tech “company counties”
Yikes! Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has introduced a plan to allow tech companies to buy up unincorporated land in Nevada and effectively form their own governments. These institutions would eventually have the same power as government counties – including the right to levy taxes, open schools and more. It’s a libertarian dream and a worker’s nightmare.