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The Telecom Digest for Thu, 31 Jan 2019
Volume 38 : Issue 31 : "text" format

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New Jersey Cwa Fighting To Protect Call Center JobsBill Horne
Can Law Enforcement Force You To Use Your Finger To Unlock Your Phone?Bill Horne
Re: AT&T to cut jobs in weaker business unitsNaveen Albert
Courts might extend fifth amendment to cover smartphones Bill Horne
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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20190130151046.GA20569@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2019 10:10:46 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: NEW JERSEY CWA FIGHTING TO PROTECT CALL CENTER JOBS (From the CWA Newsletter) - - - - - - - - Earlier this month,Tthe New Jersey State Senate Budget Committee passed the "New Jersey Call Center Jobs Act" by a vote of 8-2-2. The bill requires public disclosure by companies like Verizon that offshore call center jobs overseas, and eliminates companies from receiving taxpayer-funded subsidies and grants from the state. CWA Verizon call center workers, members of Local 1000, have been fighting for this legislation. The bill has been working its way through the state legislature and was overwhelmingly passed by the State Assembly 51-23 in the last session. Now, it will advance to the Senate for a final vote. -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20190130145315.GA20524@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2019 09:53:15 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Can Law Enforcement Force You To Use Your Finger To Unlock Your Phone? Article by James Fullmer Can a fingerprint alone provide "testimony" about a person? Earlier this month, a federal court in California said yes. But the court was not engaging in a highly-localized form of palm-reading; rather, the question arose in the ever-evolving field of how to balance law enforcement needs and individual citizens' privacy interests as new technologies emerge. http://www.mondaq.com/article.asp?articleid=774612&email_access=on -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <CY4PR13MB1607CE8CE7DFD68F85D9913E91900@CY4PR13MB1607.namprd13.prod.outlook.com> Date: 30 Jan 2019 15:26:57 +0000 From: "Naveen Albert" <wirelessaction@outlook.com> Subject: Re: AT&T to cut jobs in weaker business units On Tuesday, January 29, at 2019 11:05 AM, Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> wrote: > By Sheila Dang > > (Reuters) - AT&T Inc is cutting some jobs in declining areas of its > business, while hiring more people in faster-growing segments, an AT&T > spokesman said on Monday. > > The layoffs will affect a "small" portion of the workforce and are > consistent with staffing changes AT&T has done in the past, spokesman > Jim Greer told Reuters by telephone. He declined to specify how many > positions would be cut. > > https://www.reuters.com/article/us-at-t-layoffs/att-to-cut-jobs-in-weaker-business-units-idUSKCN1PM2OB?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews Do you (or anyone) know what sector these positions are in? For instance, is it the telephone sector? Or the TV sector? Or the mobile sector? Strangely, the article mentions AT&T only as the "2nd largest wireless company" even though T&T literally stands for "TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH" (nothing whatsoever to do with wireless or mobile). I would at least think they would mention it was also the largest wireline carrier in the US. I realize this is AT&T Corp. and the article states AT&T Inc., but AT&T Corp is a part of AT&T Inc. so I'm curious about to which part of their business they were referring. AT&T is such a hypocritical company, the interview they did was conducted by telephone and they fail to mention that in their article. I would be interested to hear if they are cutting down on their T&T segment or if it's something else, such as cable or mobile. ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20190130051821.GA18905@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2019 00:18:21 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Courts might extend fifth amendment to cover smartphones Recent Rulings Indicate Fifth Amendment May Join Fourth Amendment As Critical Consideration In Courts' Efforts To Apply Constitutional Protections To Smartphones And Other New Technology Article by Brian Willett The Fourth Amendment right of the people "to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects" has been center stage in debates over technology that scarcely could have been imagined at the time it was written. See, e.g., Carpenter v. United States, 138 S. Ct. 2206 (2018); United States v. Jones, 565 U.S. 400 (2012). With less fanfare, however, the Fifth Amendment has emerged as another critical consideration in recent cases focused on the protection of information accessible only through biometric scans (such as fingerprint or facial recognition). http://www.mondaq.com/article.asp?articleid=775548&email_access=on -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Thu, 31 Jan 2019

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