China’s revamped law bans online services that ‘induce addiction’ in kids

By addiction, children, China, engadget, games, gear, government, kids, law, livestreaming, News, politics, Regulation, video games

China is implementing stricture measures in its bid to keep kids away from addictive digital content. The state-backed news agency Xinhua reported (via Reuters) that China has voted for revamped law that will ban internet products and services…

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Facebook blocks Brazil president’s allies after court order

By brazil, disinformation, engadget, facebook, fake news, gear, Internet, jair bolsonaro, law, misinformation, News, social media, Social network, social networking

Facebook has been eager to fight misinformation on its platform, but it’s concerned Brazil might have taken things a step too far. BBC News reports that Facebook has blocked the accounts of a dozen allies of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro …

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DOJ accuses WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of recruiting hackers

By anonymous, crime, department of justice, engadget, gear, hack, Hacking, hacks, Internet, Julian Assange, justice department, law, lulzsec, News, Security, Wikileaks

The Justice Department is levelling more accusations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — though not new charges. Officials have filed a superseding indictment against Assange that maintains the earlier 18 counts of computer intrusion an…

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Senate bill aims to boost accountability for Section 230 without gutting it

By brian schatz, communications decency act, congress, engadget, gear, government, Internet, john thune, law, News, pact act, politics, section 230, senate

A new Senate bill promises to bring the Communications Decency Act’s well-known Section 230 into the modern era, although it might not make the Justice Department or President very happy. Democrat Senator Brian Schatz and Republican Senator Jo…

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Germany’s updated hate speech law requires sites to report users to police

By engadget, facebook, gear, Germany, Internet, law, News, politics, Regulation, social media, social networking, Twitter

Germany’s already strict online hate speech law is about to become even more severe. On Thursday, the country’s federal government passed a new provision (via TechCrunch) that will require companies like Twitter and Facebook to forward suspected ille…

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California sues Uber and Lyft for allegedly misclassifying drivers

By ab5, assembly bill 5, attorney general, california, engadget, gear, gig economy, Internet, law, lawsuit, Lawsuits, lyft, News, Regulation, ridesharing, services, Transportation, uber, xavier becerra

California’s Assembly Bill 5 was designed to confront the ridesharing industry over its treatment of drivers, and now that confrontation is officially underway. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra and City Attorneys for Los Angeles, San Dieg…

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Israel barred from COVID-19 phone tracking without new legislation

By coronavirus, covid-19, engadget, gear, government, health, israel, law, legislation, medicine, Mobile, News, privacy, smartphone, surveillance, tracking

Israel will have to abide by stricter oversight if it wants to keep tracking the phones of people infected with COVID-19. The country’s Supreme Court has ruled that the government can’t keep tracking residents’ phones unless it drafts legislat…

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Judge denies Twitter effort to reveal US surveillance requests

By department of justice, engadget, FBI, gear, Internet, justice department, law, national security, national security letters, News, privacy, Social network, social networking, surveillance, Twitter

Twitter has been thwarted in its six-year battle to offer greater transparency for US surveillance requests. District Judge Yvonne Gonalez Rogers has denied Twitter’s request for a summary judgment allowing it to reveal more details of the nat…

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Court rejects Trump’s ongoing fight to block critics on Twitter

By constitution, court, Donald Trump, engadget, first amendment, free speech, gear, Internet, law, politics, social media, Social network, social networking, trump, Twitter

President Trump’s attempt to overturn a ruling that prevents him from blocking Twitter critics has been shot down — at least for now. An appeals court has denied the Trump administration’s request for a review of the decision after a majority of ju…

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‘Dreams’ player forced to remove his fan-made Mario assets

By Business, copyright, dreams, engadget, gaming, Intellectual Property, Internet, IP, law, mario, nintendo, personal computing, personalcomputing, ps4, Sony

Sony’s long-awaited Dreams arrived earlier this year, a LittleBigPlanet-esque wonderland in which players can build almost any kind of world they can imagine — but only if it doesn’t infringe on copyright, apparently. According to Dreams content cre…

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President Trump signs bill to help rural carriers replace Huawei gear

By carrier, China, engadget, gear, government, huawei, Internet, law, Mobile, politics, secure and trusted communications networks act, secure and trusted telecommunications networks act, Security, Wireless, ZTE

The US government is about to help rural carriers give Chinese telecom equipment the boot. President Trump has signed the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act (the Secure and Trusted Telecommunications Networks Act in the Senate), m…

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Ohio man charged for laundering $300 million through Bitcoin ‘mixer’

By alphabay, Bitcoin, crime, cryptocurrency, dark web, darknet, department of justice, DoJ, engadget, gear, Internet, justice department, law, money laundering

American law enforcement just illustrated how important cryptocurrency has become in the criminal world. Federal agents have charged Ohio resident Larry Harmon for allegedly running a darknet-based Bitcoin "mixer" that laundered the…

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San Francisco loosens facial recognition ban to allow newer iPhones

By apple, engadget, face recognition, facial recognition, gear, Internet, iPhone, law, Mobile, privacy, San Francisco, Security, surveillance

San Francisco is learning first-hand about the risks of blanket bans on facial recognition. City supervisors have voted to amend a ban on facial recognition in local government to allow the use of FaceID-equipped iPhones and other devices whe…

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Court says data swept up by the NSA is protected by the Fourth Amendment

By appeals, civil rights, crime, engadget, FISA, Fourth Amendment, gear, Internet, law, NSA, politics, prism, privacy, section 702, Security, surveillance

An appeals court may have just shaped how the US treats the NSA’s bulk data collection. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that American communications scooped up under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s Section 702 and PRISM is…

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Regulators are the only ones who can save us from distracted drivers

By ADAS, cars, design, distracted driving, engadget, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, in car monitoring, law, nhtsa, Opinion, Regulation, safety, Transportation

I ride my trusty Vespa scooter all around San Francisco. In the Bay Area, it’s more convenient for getting around than a car, and I can park almost anywhere. Riding on two wheels places you above most drivers and makes you hyperaware of others on the…

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Pennsylvania court rules suspect can’t be forced to provide his password

By civil liberties, constitution, crime, engadget, fifth amendment, gear, Internet, law, password, pennsylvania, politics, privacy, rights, Security

Law enforcment might soon have a harder time forcing suspects to unlock their devices. Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has ruled that authorities were asking Joseph J. Davis, the accused in a child pornography case, to violate his Fifth Amendment right…

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Federal judge rules suspicionless device searches at the border are illegal

By aclu, border, cbp, civil liberties, constitution, customs and border protection, department of homeland security, eff, engadget, Fourth Amendment, gear, government, Homeland Security, ice, immigration and customs enforcement, law, politics, privacy, Security

Civil liberties advocates just scored an important victory in a bid to prevent arbitrary device searches at the US border. A federal court handling a 2017 lawsuit has ruled that US policies allowing device searches without valid suspicion or …

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New York Supreme Court dismisses Uber’s challenge to vehicle caps

By engadget, gear, Internet, law, local law 147, new york, new york city, politics, Regulation, ridesharing, services, Transportation, uber

Uber’s bid to overturn New York City’s ride-hailing caps didn’t last long –New York’s Supreme Court has dismissed the company’s request to annul the cap law implemented in August 2018. The court rejected Uber’s claim that NYC had overstepped its bou…

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Georgia court rules police need a warrant to get data from your car

By connected car, court, engadget, gear, georgia, law, law enforcement, police, politics, privacy, ruling, Security, Transportation

Your connected car data might be safer from prying eyes — Georgia’s Supreme Court has ruled that police need a warrant to obtain personal data from cars. The decision overturns an earlier state Court of Appeals ruling that defended police obtaining…

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Law enforcement shuts down largest known child porn site on the dark web

By Bitcoin, child exploitation, child pornography, children, crime, cryptocurrency, dark web, darknet, engadget, gear, Internet, law, welcome to video

The US just scored a significant coup against crime on the dark web. Federal agents and international partners have taken down Welcome To Video, believed to be the largest child pornography darknet site to date based on its sheer volume of co…

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Tesla may open ‘Centers’ to get around pro-dealership laws

By Business, dealership, electric car, electric vehicle, Energy, engadget, ev, gear, green, law, Regulation, retail, shopping, solar, solar energy, solar power, tesla, tesla center, Transportation

Tesla may be planning an end-run around state laws that bar direct car sales and protect dealerships. Electrek sources claim the automaker is planning to open "Tesla Centers" in major urban areas that would theoretically avoid legal…

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