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Trump Addresses Sundar Pichai as “President of Google” on Twitter

Trump again lashed out at the media on Thursday, saying, "The Fake News Media is going Crazy"

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Trump's attempt to undo Obama's protections was unlawful and a violation of the federal Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Gleason ruled. VOA

Giving more fodder for fun on social media, US President Donald Trump addressed Sundar Pichai on Twitter as “President of Google” after meeting him to discuss issues surrounding its dealings with China and “political fairness”. Pichai is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Google.

“Just met with @SundarPichai, President of @Google, who is obviously doing quite well. He stated strongly that he is totally committed to the U.S. Military, not the Chinese Military….,” Trump tweeted after the meeting on Wednesday.”…Also discussed political fairness and various things that @Google can do for our Country. Meeting ended very well,” he tweeted.

Google earlier faced flak after media reported that the company was trying to build a secret search engine for China that would censor results. The project was reportedly put on hold after Google faced global outrage.

 

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Pichai is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Google. Wikimedia

The search engine giant also faced criticism after a conservative news outlet, PJ Media, last year reported that 96 per cent of Google search results for the US President prioritised “left-leaning and anti-Trump media outlets”.

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Trump earlier this month attracted media attention when he called Apple CEO Tim Cook “Tim Apple”. The US President later claimed that he meant to call the executive “Tim Apple” in order to “save time and words”.

After media reported the error, Trump hit out at the “fake news”. “The Fake News was disparagingly all over this and it became yet another bad Trump story,” he tweeted. Trump again lashed out at the media on Thursday, saying, “The Fake News Media is going Crazy”. (IANS)

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50 Privacy Groups Ask Google CEO Sundar Pichai to Safeguard Android Users

Google was yet to reply to the Open Letter

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FILE -Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during the keynote address of the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif., May 7, 2019. VOA

More than 50 privacy groups including American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and UK-based Privacy International have called on Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai to take action against pre-installed ‘bloatware’ on Android devices as they pose security risk to customers.

“Android Partners – who use the Android trademark and branding – are manufacturing devices that contain pre-installed apps that cannot be deleted (often known as ‘bloatware’), which can leave users vulnerable to their data being collected, shared and exposed without their knowledge or consent,” Privacy International said in a statement.

These phones carry the “Google Play Protect” branding, but research shows that 91 per cent of pre-installed apps do not appear in Google Play Store.

These pre-installed apps, said the Open Letter, can have privileged custom permissions that let them operate outside the Android security model.

“This means permissions can be defined by the app – including access to the microphone, camera and location – without triggering the standard Android security prompts.

“Users are, therefore, completely in the dark about these serious intrusions,” the privacy groups lamented.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai. (Wikimedia Commons)

They asked Pichai to allow Android users permanently uninstall the apps on their phones, including any related background services that continue to run even if the apps are disabled.

Pre-installed apps should adhere to the same scrutiny as Play Store apps, especially in relation to custom permissions, they added.

Pre-installed apps should have some update mechanism, preferably through Google Play and without a user account.

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“Google should refuse to certify a device on privacy grounds, where manufacturers or vendors have attempted to exploit users in this way,” the privacy groups added.

Google was yet to reply to the Open Letter. (IANS)