LEGAL NEWS & COMMENTARY

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit refused Tuesday to block enforcement of the Illinois COVID-19 order capping the number of individuals attending a religious service at 10. Two churches contended that Executive Order 2020-38 violates their rights under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment, as applied to the states by [...]

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Felipe Esquivel Reed

Amnesty International reported Tuesday that the COVID-19 contact tracing apps in Bahrain, Kuwait and Norway violate privacy laws. The contact tracing apps intended to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus have placed thousands of people at risk, according to research by the Amnesty security lab. The app in Kuwait and Bahrain requires a National [...]

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday revoked the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) that allowed for chloroquine phosphate (CQ) and hydroxychloroquine sulfate (HCQ) to be used to treat certain hospitalized patients with COVID-19. Under § 564 of the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the authorization of a product for emergency use may [...]

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If any mental picture is evoked by the recent Wisconsin Supreme Court decision invalidating the State’s COVID-19-era stay-at-home/business-closure Order (Wisconsin Legislature v. Palm, et. al.) it’s probably of unrestrained partying — without masks and social-distancing — engaged in by less-risk-averse residents when unexpectedly freed of the Order’s constraints. That’s certainly one vivid takeaway from the case. [...]

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In early May the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that the Wisconsin Governor’s extension of the state’s stay-at-home order was an unlawful overstep of his authority. The Republican legislature had filed suit because they believed that extending the stay-at-home order would hurt many of the businesses in the state. At the same time, across the country, white Americans [...]

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Disinformation occurs when false information is sent with an intention to deceive, while misinformation occurs when false information is sent without an intention to deceive. This commentary notes that tardy official communication of policy promotes disinformation and misinformation. Further disinformation can arise from a lack of opportunities for public participation in policymaking. Resolving these problems [...]

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One of the focal points of the government health response to COVID-19 in India has been the extensive use of mobile phone applications such as the Aarogya Setu for contact tracing and quarantine. The applications have already been subject to widespread criticism for insufficient protection of user data. Notwithstanding the role of mobile phone applications, [...]

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