Larry Snow with the Secure Transportation and Executive Protection News podcast for Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018.
In Vehicle News
Tesla slammed over ‘deceptive’ Autopilot name in a letter to U.S. regulators
Two U.S. consumer advocacy groups urged the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to investigate what they called Tesla Inc.’s “deceptive and misleading” use of the name Autopilot for its assisted-driving technology.
The Center for Auto Safety and Consumer Watchdog, both nonprofit groups, sent a letter to the FTC saying that consumers could be misled into thinking, based on Tesla’s marketing and advertising, that Autopilot makes a Tesla vehicle self-driving.
But in the letter, the groups said that a series of ads and press releases from Tesla as well as statements by CEO Elon Musk “mislead and deceive customers into believing that Autopilot is safer and more capable than it is known to be.”
In Terrorism News
6 Links Between Social Media and Violence You Haven’t Thought About
In March, the European Commission demanded that tech firms remove terrorist posts within one hour of their appearance. Similar calls have come from corporations and commentators, alike. These forms of pressure are important but focused only on the problem of social media serving as a tool for spreading violent ideas and propaganda. Disturbingly, social media use itself may be predisposing individuals to commit terrorism, shootings and other forms of violence by impacting user behavior and well-being.
The article offers insights from threat assessment professionals and researchers to help identify ways in which social media may be linked to violence.
In Executive Protection News
From the Lesser Known Incidents Series – the Harvey Weinstein Kidnapping
From the Newspaper article at the time
In 1993 Harvey Weinstein, the chief executive of the largest U.S. manufacturer of tuxedos was recovered unharmed from a 12-day stay in a 14-foot hole. An employee of Weinstein’s firm – arrested after Weinstein’s recovery Monday, was responsible for the kidnapping. Weinstein, founder, and head of Lord West Inc., was reported in good condition despite his ordeal and was released from a hospital after a three-hour checkup.
The U.S. warns its citizens in China after embassy worker suffers brain injury from possible ‘sonic attack’
The US State Department says an employee working in China suffered “subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure” that later led to a diagnosis of “mild traumatic brain injury” — resulting in a warning to all US citizens in the country.
In Technology News
Whenever we come across an app or piece of technology that is related to security we’ll share it in the podcast.
The free iOS app EasySet is a Physical Security Assessment Toolset & Real-Time Report Generator. Using the EasySet app and web interface, you can survey the physical security of a facility and generate PDF report. If you’ve tried or use EasySet let us know in the comments.
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