Tech World: Uber news, Zuckerberg’s testimony in Europe and more

Welcome to Tech World, your quick roundup of some of the top technology news stories from across the globe.

This month, we bring you the latest on Uber workers right, Zuckerberg’s testimony in Europe and more.

For this episode’s Hot Topic interview, we spoke to EY’s Pippa Dussuyer on growth through channels and partners.

First though, here are your top international stories.

Uber gives drivers rights

Ride hailing giant Uber has announced that it will now start providing medical cover and compensation to its European drivers.

The benefits will include sick pay and paternal leave, in an attempt to win back its licence to operate in London.

Uber is calling the free insurance “Partner Protection”, which covers drivers who cannot work because of sickness, injury, caring for a new baby or jury service.

It will also provide a pay out to drivers if they have an accident while at work and need medical treatment. The scheme comes into force on June 1st and will be available to 150,000 Uber Partners – 70,000 of whom will be in Britain.

Zuckerberg got off lightly

Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the European Parliament to answer questions about the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the company’s use of personal data. However, his testimony has been criticised, with some MEP’s claiming that he dodged their questions.

The short format of EU Parliament testimony has been blamed for allowing Zuckerberg to cherry pick which questions he answered.

The leaders took it in turns to pose questions to the Facebook founder, which took an hour. There were only then a few minutes left when Zuckerberg was asked if he would like to answer all questions at once, to which he provided a fairly generic speech with broad answers.

Amazon sells tech to police

Documents have revealed that police in Orlando and Oregon Washington County are using Recognition face recognition technology provided by Amazon.

The technology enables Oregon officers to cross reference people’s faces with any criminal record using a 300,000-person database of mug shots.

There has been backlash from civil rights groups including The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who said Rekognition’s software guide “read like a user manual for authoritarian surveillance”.

Amazon has defended its decisions by stating that the tech has helped to find lost children and can help fight crime. They also claimed that “quality of life would be much worse” if technologies were blocked.

That’s it for our top global tech news roundup, but keep watching the video to see this episode’s Hot Topics interview.