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EU states’ data retention laws still violating privacy rights, report warns

A new report surveying the current status of EU legislation pertaining to the retention of communications data across the region has found that many of the 28 Member States are not adhering to what p

European court rules employees must be warned if comms are monitored

In a landmark judgement concerning privacy in the workplace, the grand chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that companies must give employees prior warning if they are monit

Amazon adds parental consent to Alexa skills aimed at children, launches first legal kids’ skills

Amazon today is launching the first Alexa skills specifically aimed at children, which will go live with a new Verified Parental Consent feature in order to operate within the confines of child data p

Phone fraud detection service Next Caller raises $5 million

Fraud detection is a huge problem for retailers and the banking industry. But as companies fortify their defenses against fraudsters, the criminal element finds new weaknesses to exploit. The latest t

We don’t want a Balkanized Internet, says brexiting UK

The UK government has warned of the risks of the Internet being 'Balkanzied' by the application of different rules in different geographies, suggesting that data localization efforts could throttle co

UK to criminalize re-identifying anonymized personal data

A major update to the UK's data protection rules will place new requirements and responsibilities on companies that process users' personal data, including by making it easier for consumers to withdra

DoNotPay launches 1,000 new bots to help you with your legal problems

Since making headlines last year with his DoNotPay chatbot to help people fight their parking tickets, Joshua Browder has been heads-down building in new capabilities on his quest to democratize legal

Flip gets $2.2 million to grow its marketplace for long-term sublets

For anyone who's ever wanted to break a lease, but felt trapped by their contract, Flip has the service for you. The company, which allows users to sublet or get out of their lease, has just raised $

An open letter to everyone who uses the internet

The free and open internet as we know it is at risk.

Google’s and Intertrust’s new PatentShield helps startups fight patent litigation in return for equity

Google and Intertrust today announced the launch of PatentShield, a new program that aims to help defend startups from patent litigation — in return for a stake in those companies. The basic ide

Federal court decides that Adobe can’t stay under a gag order over search warrant forever

According to newly unsealed documents, a federal court in California ruled that it is unlawful for Adobe to remain under an indefinite gag order regarding a search warrant for one of its users. In the

Social media firms given a month to fix consumer rights issues in Europe

Facebook, Twitter and Google are under more pressure in Europe to comply with regional rules. The latest issue they find themselves on the hook for relates to complaints pertaining to a variety of con

Google told to hand over foreign emails in FBI search warrant ruling

A U.S. judge has ordered Google to hand over emails stored outside the country in order to comply with an FBI search warrant. The warrant in question pertains to a domestic fraud probe.

On data protection Brexit means mirroring EU rules, confirms UK minister

What does Brexit mean for UK data protection rules? Likely mirroring the major part of EU data protection law, according to UK digital minister Matt Hancock, who was giving evidence to a House of Lord

States aim to legalize the “Right to Repair” your gear

“Unofficial” product repair shops may be getting a leg up in Nebraska, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts, and Kansas. These states are working to legalize repair of devices from any manuf

London startup launches chatbot to help renters exercise their rights

London-based startup RentersUnion has created what it's hoping will be a socially useful chatbot, pitching their web-based bot as a robot replacement for (expensive) housing lawyers.

Arizona plans to sue Theranos over faulty blood tests

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is soliciting outside legal counsel to pursue a consumer fraud lawsuit against the beleaguered blood testing startup Theranos, according to a document posted on

How to DIY a Westworld host at home

Building a Westworld host is kind of like putting together a piece of IKEA furniture while on hallucinogenics — directions are pretty much useless. Instead, here are some *guidelines* for DIY-ing yo

UK startup Farewill wants to give will-writing a web-based makeover

Life's two great certainties are death and taxes. UK startup Farewill is hoping to combine the two: this week's it's officially launching a subscription will-writing service.

UK parliament rubberstamps mass surveillance law

A controversial shoring up and expansion of state surveillance powers in the U.K. has been agreed upon by both houses of parliament, clearing the way for the formality of Royal Assent and the passing
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