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The European Commission Wednesday adopted a proposal, titled the “European Declaration on Digital Rights and Principles for the Digital Decade,” to act as a framework to guide European policymakers, companies, and the EU in dealing with digital transformation. The declaration follows the commission’s Digital Compass, which contains specific targets for the digital transformation set to [...]

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Mississippi’s House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana in the state by an overwhelming 103-13 vote. Earlier this year, the state Senate passed the bill with a 46-4 vote. The voting margins in both chambers are considered “veto-proof,” enough to override a governor’s veto should Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves refuse [...]

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In a recent lawsuit filed Tuesday, conservation groups sued the US Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS), the Forest Service, and the Army Corps of Engineers, claiming that their approval of the PolyMet open-pit copper mine and land exchange violates the Endangered Species Act. The suit challenges four separate issues all stemming from the FWS 2016 Biological [...]

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A judge for the US District for the District South Dakota Wednesday blocked an executive order that would have restricted medication abortions. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem issued the order in September, which would have prevented people from accessing abortion pills through telemedicine appointments by requiring the pills to be taken at an abortion provider [...]

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In a major setback for EU antitrust regulators, the General Court of EU Wednesday overturned the €1.06 billion ($1.2 billion) fine imposed on Intel almost 13 years ago for abuse of market dominance and stifling competition. In 2009, the European Commission found that the US chip-maker had abused its position in the market for x86 [...]

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Chief US District Judge Richard Seeborg for the Northern District of California dismissed two claims Tuesday from a proposed class action against Google, ruling that a promise to avoid collecting user data did not amount to a contract. The case, Anibal Rodriguez, et al. v. Google LLC, revolves around Google’s privacy framework, specifically the “Web [...]

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Human Rights Watch Tuesday released a report showing that LGBTQ+ people in Afghanistan have experienced increasing violence and threats to their safety since the Taliban took complete control of the country on August 15, 2021. From October to December 2021, Human Rights Watch interviewed 60 LGBTQ+ Afghans about their lives under Taliban rule. Most of those who [...]

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A lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court for the Southern District of New York argues that New York’s law prohibiting individuals who are not lawyers from providing legal advice interferes with New Yorkers First Amendment rights. According to the complaint, debt collection actions are one of the most common lawsuits in New York. To respond [...]

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The District of Columbia and the states of Texas, Indiana and Washington Monday filed lawsuits against Alphabet’s Google over alleged deceptive location-tracking practices and violating the privacy of the users. In separate lawsuits filed against Google, the attorneys general allege that the search engine giant has systematically deceived its users about its location tracking practices [...]

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed an administrative complaint against defense contractor Lockheed Martin Tuesday in an attempt to block the contractor’s acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings. Aerojet is a manufacturer of advanced power, propulsion, and armament systems, all of which are components for missiles made by Lockheed and other defense contractors. Aerojet is [...]

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