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Washington lawmakers violated state Constitution when rewriting police deadly force laws, judge says

“Judge Christine Schaller said state lawmakers acted improperly when they passed an amendment to Initiative 940 before actually approving the initiative itself” writes Joseph O’sullivan for seattletimes.com. With an initiative to the Legislature, lawmakers have three choices.Those changes came from a last-minute agreement between the backers of I-940 and several law enforcement groups, many of which had opposed changes to the law. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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Facebook Limits Number of Users Protected by New EU Privacy Law

“The GDPR has been in the works for several years to limit the user data websites are allowed to collect in the European Union” writes Ryan Whitwam for extremetech.com. It also requires users to consent to data collection when visiting a site (i.e. privacy is the default).So, websites that want to operate in Europe are currently finalizing their implementations, and that includes Facebook, which holds data on many EU citizens. Source: extremetech.com Share This:

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Facebook’s privacy changes look different for Europeans and Americans

“These new changes, in the works for months, are supposed to make the why and how of Facebook’s data collection clearer” writes Hayley Tsukayama Covers for washingtonpost.com. Facebook is simplifying its settings on Web and mobile, making it easier for people to find the option to download all of their Facebook data or delete their account.Here, they’re backed by Facebook’s promise. [Why Europe, not Congress, will rein in big tech] That difference between the E.U. law and Facebook’s agreement for U.S. users manifests itself in a couple of ways.Meanwhile, Americans will be…

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Starbucks, LA Fitness and the long, racist history of America’s loitering laws

“Where most American laws required people to do something criminal before they could be arrested, vagrancy laws made it criminal simply to be a certain type of person” writes Risa L for washingtonpost.com. It turns out that vagrancy laws are not the only thing that can keep people in the places others prescribe for them.After Papachristou, with vagrancy laws no longer available, law enforcement has turned to other laws, like disorderly conduct and trespassing, to similar ends.Vagrancy laws essentially provided a roving license to arrest, and that license was often used…

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Tax law boosts bank returns

“So have the banks finally turned the corner?” writes Michael Rapoport for marketwatch.com. But that 13% would have been 11.8% without the earnings boost of more than $2.8 billion the six banks collectively received because of the decline in their tax rates from a year ago, driven by the new tax law.While the banks’ first-quarter ROEs were strong, a significant chunk of the strength stemmed not from growth in the banks’ operations, but from the sharply lower tax rates they’re now enjoying because of the federal tax overhaul enacted in…

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will not fall under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation

“Certain types of data such as browsing history, for instance, are considered personal data under EU law but are not as protected in the United States, he said” writes David Ingram for reuters.com. SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people’s online data went into effect tomorrow, almost 1.9 billion Facebook Inc users around the world would be protected by it.Facebook will have more leeway in how it handles data about those users, Veale said. Source: reuters.com Share This:

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U.S. appeals court blocks Indiana ‘selective’ abortion law

“Thursday’s decision was the second from a federal appeals court in two days favoring Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights advocates” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. By a 2-1 vote, the appeals court also struck down a separate provision essentially requiring abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetuses in the same manner as human remains.The 7th Circuit decision upheld a September 2017 permanent injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt against the Indiana law. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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Energy Department won’t consider utility’s financial woes for decision on coal, nuclear plants

“Each of these proposals to save failing coal and nuclear plants seems more far-fetched than the last.”” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Brouillette on Thursday urged FERC to act to more fairly compensate coal and nuclear plants.The Energy Department is expected soon to decide whether to grant FirstEnergy’s petition for an emergency order under section 202(c) of the Federal Power Act to keep alive its ailing coal and nuclear plants.And the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in January rejected Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to give special payments to struggling coal and nuclear plants…

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Judge rules HHS broke law in cutting off teen pregnancy funds

“A federal judge has ruled that the Trump administration broke the law when it cut off grants to programs that aim to prevent teen pregnancy” writes Alex Brandon Ap for washingtonexaminer.com. The administration said it did not find the programs, created under the Obama administration, to be effective, and has advocated for programs that promote abstinence.”The court’s decision today is a rebuke of the Trump administration’s effort to kill a program that is working effectively to lower teen pregnancy rates,” said Sean Sherman, a lawyer at Public Citizen Litigation Group,…

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How Europe’s ‘breakthrough’ privacy law takes on Facebook and Google

“It is a regulation that requires companies to protect the personal data and privacy of residents of EU countries” writes Olivia Solon for theguardian.com. It applies to all companies that process the personal data of people residing in the European Union.Under GDPR, people get expanded rights to obtain the data that a company has collected about them for free through a “data subject request”.Since any user data processed in Ireland will soon fall under GDPR, Facebook is changing the agreement so users in Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America are…

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