Tag - Investigation
The Philadelphia police department has been caught disguising a van equipped with sophisticated surveillance technology as a Google Streetview van, reports Motherboard. Instead of the regular cameras fitted to a Google Streetview vehicle, the surveillance vehicle was fitted with ALPR gear that uses infrared cameras to identify and process multiple license plates simultaneously, and almost instantaneously. When contacted about the van, the department disavowed the method that had been used to disguise the vehicle, stating that it had not been formally authorized by senior management, and an internal investigation has been initiated.
Apple will not be able to stop the European Union's investigation into whether or not it has paid the correct amount of tax on the continent if it moved all of its funds from overseas to the United States, EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has advised. The investigation, which has taken place against a number of companies accused of abusing tax laws across a number of countries to minimize taxes paid, will continue regardless of Apple's actions.
Following the government's withdrawal of its lawsuit attempting to coerce Apple into building a "backdoor" system that would allow law enforcement access to nearly any smartphone or mobile device, Apple has issued a statement reminding the public that the iPhone did and will continue to "help law enforcement with their investigations, as we have done all along, and we will continue to increase the security of our products as the threats and attacks on our data become more frequent and more sophisticated." It said the case "should never have been brought" in the first place.
Apple will remain "committed to Ireland," regardless of the outcome of its tax investigation by the European Union, the vice president of the company's European operations. Speaking to a panel of European Parliament lawmakers the day before Apple and other companies were scheduled to testify about their tax affairs, Apple's Cathy Kearney argues that the iPhone maker pays all due taxes in the country, and it does not receive any unfair advantage from local authorities for operating in the region.
The European Union's competition chief has warned reporters "Don't hold your breath" for a quick ruling concerning Apple's Irish tax affairs. Speaking in Brussels, Margarethe Vestager was "warning" anyone expecting a result in the investigation anytime soon that they may have to wait for longer, as the European Commission continues its thorough examination into how major tech companies move funds around to minimize how much tax they pay.
Because there are sometimes stories that are comprised of a lot of disparate information that can unfold or expand over time, the MacNN team is kicking off an occasional column called "Where Are We Now" that will summarize a complex story or series of events in order to provide readers with a comprehensive summary of events thus far. The big story this week -- and one that is very much still developing -- is that of the dispute between the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and Apple.
Under oath during a Congressional hearing on Thursday to answer questions about the FBI's battle with Apple over encryption, FBI Director James Comey was forced to admit that the outcome of the court challenge will "guide how other courts handle similar requests" from law enforcement, conceding that the agency's demands would have on impact beyond the current investigation -- walking back previous comments that the agency wasn't trying to set a precedent or "set a 'master key' loose upon the land."
In the midst of an ongoing dispute between the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and Apple over obtaining data from a workplace iPhone recovered from the San Bernardino workplace massacre, the US House or Representatives plans to hold hearing on encryption and privacy on Tuesday, March 1 at 1PM ET, which will be streamed live on the Judiciary Committee's website. Apple senior vice president and general counsel Bruce Sewell will appear, along with New York County district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., and (in a separate panel) FBI director James Comey.
Following a meeting by Apple CEO Tim Cook with the head of the antitrust investigation against Ireland on behalf of the European Commission, Apple's CFO has told London's Financial Times that should Ireland be found guilty of giving companies like Apple "special state aid," Apple should owe nothing in back taxes. The crux of remarks by Luca Maestri is that Apple did not receive any special deal from Ireland, but if Ireland illegally lowered its tax rate to benefit corporations, it is the state -- and not the companies that benefitted from the lower rate -- that should pay any penalties.
Apple is ending an investigation into its tax affairs by Italian authorities, by paying a settlement of €318 million ($347.5 million) to the country, far less than it could have ended up paying. The payment effectively ends Italy's probe into Apple's local subsidiary's finances, with authorities suspecting Apple of tax fraud by failing to comply with local tax laws for a five-year period ending in 2013.