Cyrus Farivar, NBC News

Cyrus Farivar

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Oakland, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Cyrus:

Judge blocks Instacart from misclassifying its California workers

A judge in San Diego issued a preliminary injunction saying Instacart is probably not complying with the new law that requires workers to be considered employees, not independent contractors. → Read More

App developers sue Facebook alleging an 'anticompetitive scheme'

The proposed federal class-action lawsuit is based entirely on previously secret documents that NBC News and international journalistic partners obtained last year. → Read More

How online 'cloud buckets' are exposing private photos and other sensitive data

NBC News scoured online storage systems called "cloud buckets" and located a trove of sensitive data: images of ID cards, near-nude photos, resumes with contact information. → Read More

AG Barr to Facebook: We need 'lawful access' to users' digital messages to fight crime

Attorney General William Barr and acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan have asked Facebook to alter its plan to fully encrypt its messaging services. → Read More

8chan owner vows to put website back online in congressional testimony

The fringe message board has been under renewed scrutiny in recent months after hateful screeds were posted on it, some of which have been linked to suspects in the three mass shootings. → Read More

Uber, Lyft propose $21 an hour minimum wage for drivers in California, but there's a catch

Gig economy companies that were once seen as an innovative addition to the labor market have come under growing scrutiny for how they treat their workers. → Read More

Former Google self-driving car engineer charged with stealing trade secrets

Anthony Levandowski was once one of Google's top self-driving car engineers and was later fired from Uber. If convicted, he could face years in prison. → Read More

Extremists creep into Roblox, an online game popular with children

Roblox, a popular online game that currently has more than 100 million active users worldwide and is popular with children, has struggled to keep extremists out. → Read More

Federal judge bars Georgia from using electronic-only voting system in 2020

If Georgia cannot implement a recently-approved voting system in time, the judge further ordered that the state must be prepared to return to an all-paper system. → Read More

Millions use Earnin to get cash before payday. Critics say the app is taking advantage of them.

Earnin has taken great pains to avoid being seen as a traditional lender, but the app's rapid growth has drawn scrutiny from state regulators and lawmakers. → Read More

'Gaming the system' — Uber and Lyft face a driver reckoning in California

For Uber and Lyft drivers, among others, the law would mean a bevy of legal rights and protections, including better pay, benefits and the ability to unionize. → Read More

Defamation lawsuit brought by self-proclaimed email 'inventor' settles

Shiva Ayyadurai claimed for years that he invented email. Techdirt refuted his claims. Ayyadurai sued, and now the lawsuit has ended. The stories remain up. → Read More

California is bringing law and order to big data. It could change the internet in the U.S.

The state’s attorney general wants to avoid a troubled rollout, à la Obamacare, when the far-reaching restrictions on user data go into effect on Jan. 1. → Read More

Millions of people uploaded photos to the Ever app. Then the company used them to develop facial recognition tools.

Ever trains its facial recognition system with user photos and then offers to sell that technology to private companies, law enforcement and the military through Ever AI. → Read More

Without warrants, U.S. border agents can search devices for wide range of crimes, lawyers claim

U.S. border agents are searching the laptops and smartphones of U.S. citizens for evidence of a wide range of crimes without first acquiring warrants, according to allegations made in a court filing Tuesday that is part of a lawsuit against such electronic searches. → Read More

Mark Zuckerberg leveraged Facebook user data to fight rivals and help friends, leaked documents show

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg oversaw plans to consolidate the social network’s power and control competitors by treating its users’ data as a bargaining chip, while publicly proclaiming to be protecting that data, according to about 4,000 pages of leaked company documents. → Read More

New bill aims to stamp out bias in algorithms used by companies

Three Democratic lawmakers Wednesday introduced a bill in the Senate to bring government oversight to the algorithms companies use for a wide variety of purposes. → Read More

Uber to pay $20M settlement to drivers, which one expert sees as 'mostly a win for Uber'

The settlement is a fraction of what Uber could have been required to pay, a labor expert said, and its "business model of utilizing drivers" as contractors not employees stays intact. → Read More

The rise of tech-worker activism

Video: Leigh Honeywell created Never Again pledge and a company devoted to tech-worker safety. → Read More

After employee protests, Google ends policy that forced employee complaints behind closed doors

Arbitration is a private, quasi-legal process that some workers and activist organizations say is used by companies to shield internal disputes from public scrutiny. → Read More