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Indonesia: New Legislation Recognizes Crypto as Trading Commodity

“Indonesia has introduced new legislation that recognizes Bitcoin (BTC) as a trading commodity, Asia-oriented news outlet KrASIA reported on Feb. 15” writes Ana Alexandre for cointelegraph.com. Today, Bappebti reportedly approved regulation No. 5/2019 that recognizes Bitcoin and other digital currencies as a trading commodity.Indonesia’s Commodity Futures Trading Regulatory Agency, also known as Bappebti, initially signed a decree to make cryptocurrency a commodity future legally tradable on stock exchanges last June.The new policy reportedly outlines a set of requirements in regard to any cryptocurrency circulating in Indonesia. Source: cointelegraph.com

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Russian Minister of Justice: Cryptocurrency Doesn’t Yet Need to Be Legally Defined

“The Ministry of Justice of Russia does not see the need to legally define the concept of cryptocurrency at this point, state-owned news agency TASS reported on Feb. 13” writes Helen Partz for cointelegraph.com. Alexander Konovalov, the Minister of Justice of Russia, reportedly claimed that it is too early to formalize crypto-related legislation to date.The Russian parliament passed the crypto bill “On Digital Financial Assets” in the first reading in May 2018.Konovalov based his remarks on the fact that cryptocurrencies cannot be used as a payment method in the country,…

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US Congress Advances Border Security Bill Without Trump Border Wall

“It is the same level of funding Congress appropriated for border security measures last year, including barriers but not concrete walls” writes Min Read for reuters.com. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress on Thursday aimed to end a dispute over border security with legislation that would ignore President Donald Trump’s request for $5.7 billion (£4.45 billion) to help build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border but avoid a partial government shutdown. Source: reuters.com

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Trump suggests he’s open to border deal as lawmakers try to resolve late snags

“The deal would include a total of $23 billion in funding for ICE and the Customs and Border Protection agency, a figure Trump has begun touting. [Why immigration detention beds became a new issue in Trump border wall fight] Rep” writes National Reporter Leading for washingtonpost.com. But Trump would also likely pursue an executive order to reallocate additional federal funds to barrier projects, the official said, in addition to signing legislation. Source: washingtonpost.com

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Congress rushes to avoid shutdown as Trump says he’ll look for ‘landmines’ in spending plan

“Congress hurried to hash out text for spending legislation, as a few remaining snags held up the release of a final plan” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. News outlets say President Donald Trump is expected to sign what lawmakers pass — even as Trump and his administration stress that he wants to see legislation before backing it. As part of this week’s tentative deal, lawmakers allocated only a fraction of the $5.7 billion Trump demanded for his proposed border barriers.With a little more than two days to spare before funding…

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Upskirting is now illegal in England and Wales

“Upskirting is now a criminal offense in England and Wales after campaigners lobbied for years for the UK government to outlaw the practice” writes Feb Est for theverge.com. The law only applies in England and Wales as similar legislation has existed in Scotland since 2010.Previously, upskirting could only be prosecuted as a crime against public decency or as voyeurism, but these laws contained serious loopholes.These deficiencies in the law were brought into the public spotlight after one individual, Gina Martin, launched a campaign after being upskirted at an outdoor festival. Source:…

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How a top Republican aims to resist Democratic climate agenda

“Rob Bishop has a plan for resisting the Democratic push for climate legislation at the House Natural Resources Committee” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Under the House committee regulations, the majority must post a public memo that details the subjects of a hearing and names the witnesses.Bishop maintains that the only other area under the committee’s jurisdiction is using trees to control the rate of greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Amazon recommends 6 guidelines for facial recognition legislation

“Amazon is supporting a national facial recognition law, though some local jurisdictions are eager to take the matter into their own hands” writes Monica Nickelsburg for geekwire.com. Amazon is taking an active role advising lawmakers on legislation that would govern facial recognition technology, like the Seattle tech company’s own Rekognition software.They are: Why it matters: Amazon is playing defense as civil rights activists and lawmakers sound the alarm over facial recognition technology.Amazon’s wishlist: Punke outlined six recommendations for policymakers writing facial recognition laws. Source: geekwire.com

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters she hasn’t seen Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s much-touted “Green New Deal” that she unveiled Thursday.

“Pelosi told reporters Thursday she invited Ocasio-Cortez to join the panel, but she declined due to her commitment to her other committee assignments” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Pelosi, D-Calif., is planning to prioritize legislation that would aim to mitigate climate change threats. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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French Senate rejects tougher telecoms controls despite U.S. Huawei warning

“FILE PHOTO: A sign of Huawei is pictured at its shop in Beijing Thomson Reuters PARIS (Reuters) – The French Senate rejected on Wednesday proposed legislation aimed at toughening checks on telecoms equipment, following a U.S. warning about Chinese telecoms giant Huawei” reports businessinsider.com. The new legislation was a last-minute addition by the government to a wide-ranging corporate law and would have required telecom operators to seek formal approval for the use of certain kinds of equipment considered to be particularly sensitive for spying or sabotage risks.Huawei is facing international…

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