The Switchboard: Drones are not welcome in Yosemite National Park


In this Oct. 2, 2013 file photo taken by Tammy Webber, a scenic view on her way to Glacier Point trail in the Yosemite National Park, Calif. is seen. (AP Photo/Tammy Webber)

Published every weekday, the Switchboard highlights five tech policy stories you need to read.

The FCC is accusing this company of cheating the deaf.  "The Federal Communications Commission announced Friday that it will issue a $11.9 million fine against Purple Communications, for allegedly improperly billing a government fund dedicated to providing assistive communication services to the deaf, hearing-impaired and those with speech impairments," writes the Switch's Hayley Tsukayama.

White House seeks legal immunity for firms that hand over customer data. "The White House has asked legislators crafting competing reforms of the National Security Agency to provide legal immunity for telecommunications firms that provide the government with customer data," Spencer Ackerman at The Guardian reports.

When hitting ‘Find My iPhone’ takes you to a thief’s doorstep. "With smartphone theft rampant, apps like Find My iPhone offer a new option for those desperate to recover their devices, allowing victims like Ms. Maguire to act when the police will not," writes Ian Lovett for the New York Times. "But the emergence of this kind of do-it-yourself justice — an unintended result of the proliferation of GPS tracking apps — has stirred worries among law enforcement officials that people are putting themselves in danger, taking disproportionate risks for the sake of an easily replaced item."

Drones banned at Yosemite National Park. "The National Park Service is warning visitors to Yosemite National Park that drones 'are prohibited within park boundaries,'" reports David Kravets at Ars Technica. "The service announced the decision Friday and cited a federal law that says 'delivering or retrieving a person or object by parachute, helicopter, or other airborne means, except in emergencies involving public safety or serious property loss, or pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit' is illegal."

How Biden helped Hollywood unlock China.  "During a luncheon two years ago in Los Angeles, Vice President Biden convinced China's vice president to agree to a deal that would unlock new fortunes for Hollywood," reports the Post's Cecilia Kang. "Biden asked Xi Jinping to relax China's quota of allowing only 20 foreign films to be shown at a time and to increase distribution fees for Hollywood firms."

Andrea Peterson covers technology policy for The Washington Post, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, consumer privacy, transparency, surveillance and open government.
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