Hillicon Valley: Amazon Employee Alleges Security Had Mailbox Keys Used During Union Vote | Facebook Loses Offer to Block Irish Watchdog’s Data Feed Decision | Lawmakers attempt to defend pipelines from cyber threats


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A worker at Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama plant dropped a big claim that security guards had access to mailbox during union election in National Labor Relations Board hearing Friday. Meanwhile, Facebook has lost an offer to block a draft decision by an Irish watchdog that could suspend the tech giant’s ability to move data from the US to the EU, and bipartisan groups from House lawmakers have put in place two pieces of legislation to protect critical infrastructure from cyber attacks in the wake of the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline.

BIG ALERT: Security guards at Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama plant had keys to a mailbox the company recommended workers use to vote in union elections earlier this year, a factory worker at a National Labor Relations Board hearing on Friday.

Kevin Jackson said during the sixth day of hearing into the union’s challenge to the results that he saw two guards use keys to open one of the thirteen locations in the mailbox.

The allegation comes after the Wholesale and Department Stores Union, which would have represented Amazon workers in the event of a union win, officially challenged the initial loss by a 2-1 margin last month.

The challenge included complaints about the mailbox.

Emails show Amazon pushed the U.S. Postal Service to set up a mailbox in the Bessemer parking lot after its efforts to hold an in-person election failed.

The union argued that the mailbox gave the impression that Amazon was running the election rather than the NLRB, and created the impression that workers were being watched.

The allegation that employees linked to Amazon had access to the mailbox was not included in the complaint. It can also be difficult to corroborate and was not mentioned by previous witnesses.

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A QUICK ON FACEBOOK: Facebook has lost an offer to block an Irish watchdog’s draft move that could suspend the Silicon Valley giant’s ability to transfer data from the US to the EU, according to a decision released Friday by the High Irish court.

The court dismissed Facebook’s procedural complaints over the Irish Data Protection Commission’s preliminary decision in August to order the suspension of Facebook’s data flow between the US and the EU.

Judge David Barniville wrote in the court ruling released on Friday that Facebook “must fail on these grounds of challenge and therefore is not entitled to any of the remedies claimed in the proceedings.”

A Facebook spokesperson said in a statement “We are eager to defend our compliance with the IDPC, as their preliminary ruling could harm not only Facebook, but users and other businesses as well.”

Learn more about the decision.

THE LEGISLATIVES ACT: A bipartisan group of more than a dozen House lawmakers reintroduced legislation to defend pipelines from cyberattacks, with the bill following the devastating ransomware attack that forced the shutdown of Colonial Pipeline.

The Pipeline Security Act would codify the responsibility of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to protect pipelines from threats. The effort is led by Rep. Cleaver Emmanuel (D-Mo.).

It would also require the TSA to update pipeline safety guidelines and conduct risk assessments, create a staffing strategy to staff its pipeline safety section, and improve congressional oversight of TSA’s efforts in the matter. pipeline.

Learn more about the legislation here.

THE LEGISLATIVE ACTS SECOND PART: representative Elissa slotkinElissa Slotkin Republicans Consider Shattering Nashville To Win House Seat Democrats Seize GOP Opposition To Jan. 6 Committee Hillicon Valley: Democrats Urge Facebook To Ditch ‘Instagram For Kids’ Plan | “Homework gap” set to persist after pandemic (D-Mich.) And other bipartisan House lawmakers on Friday introduced legislation designed to protect critical systems from cyberattacks, a week after a ransomware attack on the colonial pipeline significantly disrupted the supply of fuel from parts of the country.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Cyber ​​Exercise Act would require CISA, which is the country’s leading cyber risk agency, to establish a national cyber exercise program to test the readiness of critical infrastructure against cyber attacks.

The legislation would also require CISA to help state and local governments, as well as private industry, design and implement plans to assess the safety and security of critical infrastructure.

Learn more about the bill here.

LUCK O ‘THE IRISH: The Irish healthcare system was forced to shut down its IT systems on Friday following what it described as a “significant” ransomware attack that disrupted operations.

“There has been a ransomware attack on our computer systems”, the Health Service Executive (HSE) wrote in an article on his website. “We closed them all as a precaution. This caused some disruption to our services. But most medical appointments will go as planned. “

According to the HSE, the attack resulted in some hospital appointments being delayed, part of virtual appointments canceled and COVID-19 test results delayed. Dublin’s Rotunda Maternity Hospital canceled all appointments except emergencies and Cork University Hospital was forced to cancel all radiation therapy and most X-ray appointments on Friday.

Ambulance and emergency services were not disrupted and continued normally on Friday afternoon in Ireland, along with appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Learn more about the attack here.

TECH COMPANIES UNITE A group of nearly 30 tech companies and other organizations filed a legal brief on Friday in defense of a program that grants work permits to spouses of highly skilled immigrants.

The Obama-era rule allows nearly 100,000 spouses of H1-B visa holders in the United States to work. The rule, known as H-4 EAD, is currently being challenged in court by a group of American tech workers, Save Jobs USA, which claims visa holders and their spouses are in unfair competition with American workers.

The coalition of companies and tech organizations defending the program filed a brief with the court on Friday.

In the amicus brief, businesses and organizations – including Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Twitter – say repealing the rule would be “totally destructive to the families affected” and hurt their businesses.

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