Sanders and Clinton campaigns still squabbling over data; Podemos rises higher in Spain; and more.
Tech and the presidentials: Hillary Clinton’s campaign is still angry about how Bernie Sanders’ campaign is talking about the NGP-VAN data breach, especially at insinuations suggesting that they too may have accessed data inappropriately, Jennifer Epstein reports for Bloomberg Politics.
NGP-VAN’s chief competitors, John Phillips of Aristotle and Jim Gilliam of NationBuilder, both sound off in this New York Times story by Emma Roller on the controversy. They argue that individual campaigns should control their own data, not parties. (Note to NYTimes editors—when quoting competitors of a company, shouldn’t they be described as such?)
Crypto wars: “The best minds in the world cannot rewrite the laws of mathematics,” Apple says in formal comments submitted to the British Parliament, which is considering legislation that would force the company and others to deliberately make their consumer products open to snooping. As David Sanger reports for the New York Times, the company is pushing back hard on arguments like that of FBI director James Comey: ““Some would portray this as an all-or-nothing proposition for law enforcement,” it told the Parliament. “Nothing could be further from the truth. Law enforcement today has access to more data—data which they can use to prevent terrorist attacks, solve crimes and help bring perpetrators to justice—than ever before in the history of our world.”
Internet publics: Spain’s Podemos party, which was founded less than two years and which has relied heavily on social networking tools like Reddit and Loomio to organize its base, is entering the country’s parliament as its third-largest party with 69 seats (20 percent of the vote), as Raphael Minder reports for the New York Times.
Your moment of zen: Congrats to SpaceX and its Falcon 9 Rocket, which just successfully completed the first return landing of a booster rocket. Let’s hear it for science.