Apple and Google’s COVID-19 contact tracking technology will be released to developers on April 28th, weeks before the companies initially said it would arrive.
A landmark ruling that allows people in Europe to ask for personal data to be removed from Google will completely change the way people use the Internet, a computer expert has warned.
Professor Luciano Floridi, who has been appointed by Google to find out how it should comply with an EU court ruling, said the era of freely available information is now over in Europe.
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70 percent of Google’s employees are men and 61 percent of its U.S. employees are white, according to a workforce diversity report released by the company.
Black workers accounted for 2 percent of the U.S. workforce, while Hispanics accounted for another 3 percent, according to the report released Wednesday. Asians accounted for 30 percent of the company’s employees. The gender data is global while the ethnicity information is for the U.S. only, Google said.
“….we’re the first to admit that Google is miles from where we want to be—and that being totally clear about the extent of the problem is a really important part of the solution,” wrote Laszlo Bock, Google’s senior vice president for People Operations, in a blog post.
Google and other tech companies have been under pressure to release employee diversity data from U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson who raised the issue at a Google annual meeting earlier this month. Google Chief Legal Officer David Drummond stated at the meeting that Google would release its data.
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