By The Numbers

U.S. Labor Secretary continues pushing for a higher minimum wage

Janet Nguyen Apr 8, 2016

Another Friday, another attempt by the FBI to unlock Apple iPhones as part of an ongoing privacy saga. Before taking your break, let’s send you off with some need-to-know numbers. 

Seven countries —  including the U.S., France and Japan — will convene this Sunday for a G7 summit to discuss a new personal data proposal aimed at combating terrorism. If approved, the group will share private airline passenger data with one another, which includes itineraries and personal information, Marketplace’s Nancy Marshall-Genzer reported. European privacy concerns may put a halt to the exchange of information, though, with some experts predicting that a final agreement won’t be reached — for now.

Just when we thought we were almost out of the clear with the FBI vs. Apple debacle in relation to data privacy, the FBI has announced it will continue pushing for Apple to unlock iPhones. They’re pushing Apple to unlock an iPhone “as part of a New York drug investigation,” The Wall Street Journal reported. While they had announced they found a way to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists late last month, such a method doesn’t work on 5s or 6 iPhone models.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez is concerned for workers’ economic safety. In an interview with Marketplace, Secretary Perez spoke about new rules the Department of Labor released this week aimed at protecting clients from their own financial advisers. (Prior to the release, advisers were allowed to give advice that worked in their best interests rather than consumers’.) He also spoke about extending overtime pay to workers that make more than the minimum wage. The current overtime rule was “diluted” in 2004 by a regulation that the Bush administration put into place, Perez said.

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